Friday, 22 January 2010

Appointment in Venice- Step 1



                         First things first- the bare bones.   Step 1

This is a start for my next painting. Using runny acrylics rather like you would use watercolours I have blocked in my colours and tones. There is already a strong tonal (lights and darks) pattern which will act as a plan for me. I will go in refining shapes but keep to my plan of tones with little variations here and there.

I'm using 140lb not watercolour paper.

There are some gorgeous colours here- burnt orange, quinacridone magenta, ochre, cobalt violet. The deep reds compliment the greens and the cobalt violet the yellow ochres.

My next thing to do will be to make some printing blocks. Venice abounds with wonderful shapes so I'll have lots to choose from. I'll be doing some arches and railings, foliage for the walls and the gondolier of course. I might just paint him though.

The finished painting will look quite different to this!

Friday, 15 January 2010

A Time to Paint

Well Christmas has come and gone and 2010 has poked its head above the snow and somewhere along the line I have tired of the impasto oils I was so enraptured by before!

I'd started another oil of a garden and just found myself becoming bored, very quickly. Since then I have ventured back to acrylics and discovered that texture, of which I am so fond, can equally be portrayed by pattern.

In the image from the previous post parts of the painting have been rendered using my own personal 'stamps' or printing blocks. These I have made from dense foam by drawing into it (melting it) with a stencilling iron.

Each painting has some unique symbols which I make specifically and possibly others I have already made and can be used often.

I have done a few but they are not photographed yet. I'll put some up soon so you can see what I'm talking about.

We are surrounded by patterns! Did you notice the fabulous patterns in the snow before it became slush? Even some tyre tracks were things of beauty!