I have had a really productive two weeks and have finished my new piece for the Monthly Painters' Challenge really early, which is great. The topic was one of those topics that gave me an immediate idea of what I wanted to do. It was great fun to attack it with a clear mind and know exactly where I was going with it. Painting with no hesitation is a rarity and I love it when it happens. I can't reveal it to you until the 15th, but I can't wait to get your feedback.
I have spent little time on botanicals and I am not quite sure why. I have found that the graphic and renedering skills I have gained by doing it have been evident in my work, especially in the Monthly Painters Challenge pieces, but at the same time I haven't really been that inspired to draw and paint in that area. I even took myself off to the Florist this morning but couldn't find anything to inspire me. Maybe as the weather starts to warm up I will find myself drawn back to it, but while I wait for that I am happily exploring other creative areas
In the meantime I can show you the series of collages which I completed. I wanted to continue to explore the idea of landscape and colour, but wanted them to be more painterly. I wanted to use acrylic paint as well as my normal watercolour and gouache and this allowed me to capture more texture and depth. I also didn't want them to be totally new, but rather than extension of work I have done in the past. I want to challenge myself to keep extending my use of similar themes and imagery so that I can see the development and changes.
I loved working in series, and being able to go from one to the other as one layer was drying. and this is something that I want to continue to explore and develop. I have two more on the go and want to play with more compositional elements with them, and then put it all together and see what happens. It has been quite an exciting process and I am excited to continue down this path and see where it takes me.