Happy New Year to you all! Let’s get into 2022.
A couple of post Christmas bushwalks in our Southwest National Park have inspired me with their fantastic scenery. We walked up Clear Hill and then into Lake Judd a few days later. They’re opposites scenery wise so I have a variety of influences floating about in my mind.
Whilst these photos show the wonderful scenery I’m not aiming to paint realistically. Rather, my aim is to bear in mind the visual forms and textures, the feel of the place and my emotional reactions.
Ok, enough of that. Let’s get started on the painting!
I thought I’d show you some progress shots of a couple of paintings from a current group of seven. They’re based on memories of the above plus bits and pieces I like about “Switchback” (below).
Somehow, I’ve ended up with two different styles in this group! (Your guess is as good as mine as to why?!)
This first one was painted over a previous non-starter (below).
As you can see in the photo below, I’m well into these paintings.
First, I created the hill shapes, then I thought scumbling or glazes might be a good way to go. A bit of lifting off opened things up. I scumbled the sky with layers of white and blue, trying to make it interesting, not too flat. Adding some new colour on the hills seemed a good idea and a “lake” began to appear.
In the version shown above acrylic ink was added to the foreground. It seems a bit too samey though, so, in the next photo (below) you can see I’ve lifted off paint to lighten some areas. I also darkened parts of the foreground to create more contrast. Almost there I think. Just wondering about lightening more areas on the foreground.
Now for the other style. It’s a bit more intuitive and abstracty but still with landscape shapes.
I managed to pull this out of the random starting marks!
I felt the stage above needed more colour so I’ve added raw sienna and turquoise inks (below) plus I attacked the sky and painted over some of the drips.
I then added warm colour in the white areas but it’s not feeling finished yet. I’m still feeling uncomfortable with that light square even though it’s smaller. Can that sky do with lightening too?
A couple of the paintings in this group are tentatively finished, but I like to wait a bit in case I see things to fine tune. Some paintings say “I’m done” quite quickly while others take their time.
It’s time to think of the next challenge.
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