Back in April I accidentally painted this scene in an abstract way. I then went on to paint a larger & more thought through version in June, I have now worked over the original canvas to refine it.......
Inspired by my 'accidental abstract' painting at the end of April, I decided to develop the style I discovered using my lovely 1.5" brush (I have also invested in an utterly lovely 2" version!) and attempt a more thought through version.
I have worked on a much larger canvas than I have used previously.
Not having painted much over the past two months I decided that today I would warm myself & my brushes up by working on a familiar subject I really enjoyed painting last year.
I was working on watercolour paper but when I found I had squeezed out too much Yellow Ochre, rather than waste the paint, I decided I would quickly underpaint a canvas which I could paint something over some other day...
...however I soon became quite fascinated by the marks I was making using my lovely 1.5" brush.
By using the same colours I have used throughout my original painting (as yet unfinished) I appear to have created my first 'abstract' painting based on the sky, sea, beach and red valerian blooms at Aldeburgh!
I wanted to paint something with more colour than my recent work, so I chose these pale yellow daffodils which were in a yellow jug my Grandma once gave me.
I tried various other objects to complete the still life arrangement, and, once I'd settled on these items I realised that the small jug on the left was once my other grandmother's and my Mum gave me the small yellow one at the front of the compostion!
I discovered that it is very difficult to paint shadows on yellow objects without losing the yellow, as a result I don't think this has as much light and dark contrast on the objects as I would have liked to acheive...
I thoroughly enjoyed creating the texture on these and am really interested to see how, despite using the same blue/greens/browns on each, the colours take on a different appearance depending on the base colour. I have allowed some of the underpainting to show though on both, but especially like the purple...
Acrylic on canvas 25cm x 25cm
(not available for sale)
Acrylic on canvas 23cm x 30cm (not available for sale)
Having added the skies to both canvasses I find I particularly love the purple/blue colour combination.
I have often loved the slightly abstract effects I have created at the early stages a lot of my recent work but which is gradually lost as the paintings have developed, I might aim to keep more of the underpainting than usual on this occasion......
Thanks to my wonderful children wanting to cook tea today (homemade burgers & home baked bread rolls!!) I am free to play in my art room sooner than expected.
Having not painted for about a month I am warming myself up with a familiar subject that I have enjoyed painting before (dunes/grasses) and after underpainting the white canvasses, I have been having fun experimenting with texture gel & silk thread in advance of putting paint to canvas.....