Experimenting with inks and pastels and trying to work more abstractedly which always seems far more fun than painting realistically.
I’ve always loved working on Yupo as a substrate and have recently returned to it as I work with inks again. Working with textures and colours to create backgrounds has been fun although I’ve been left with two paintings that I love as they are. So I’m putting them aside for a few days and I’ll revisit and add to them if necessary.
Reception for my Seascapes exhibition will be 7:00 – 10:00 pm on Saturday, 12th August with art on display through September 5th. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone.
Often people think that abstract art is just throwing paint at your canvas. Well I guess occasionally it literally IS just throwing paint at your canvas. Most of the time though when I’ve been trying to create intuitively, my fluid abstract paintings still require some kind of strategy. I experiment with how different paints react with each other, work with different mediums together (e.g. alcohol inks and acrylics) and the use of colours that work with and contrast against each other. Often the result is a kind of fluid art found in nature in lakes, rock formations or crystals. Sometimes a little science is involved in creating cell like structures and lacing – read up on Siqueros accidental painting technique – and I’m forever writing down formulas for my paint mixtures. Mostly though it’s fun seeing how the paintings evolve over a few hours as they dry. Here are a few of my experiments.
Art is a very subjective thing. Not everyone will like what you like or even think it’s art. I create what I love and hope that someone will love it too. It’s great to see my work incorporated within homes especially where a few key pieces stand out. Art really does not have to match your decor and I think a few key design features can really make the overall interior design work. I’m not an interior designer but love reading interior design magazines and visiting show homes to see how they style homes and use the different styles and sizes of art. When it comes to my paintings usually clients buy finished pieces because they find something within the artwork that appeals to them but occasionally I get requests for specific colours or themes and create something specifically for them. I’m still working from a place of painting intuitively but try to think of the client’s personality too. An original piece unique to them is such an honour to create.
I’ve had a few recently where people have simply said they want a piece of art in a certain size and colours but then left the rest to me. It’s a little scary until the final reveal. One customer recently asked me to create something for her home which was ‘simple’ and used only a limited palette,and all she said was, “You’re the artist I trust you”
Luckily she liked the final piece!
April is a busy month for me. The 1st April is the reception for the juried Unique By Nature Art Competition by the Arts and Music Guild of McKinney. Both my daughter and I have art entered. The same weekend sees some of my figure drawings alongside other local artists in The Figure exhibition at The Cove. The Unique by Nature exhibition is viewable at the McKinney Performing Arts Center through to the 23rd April.
The 7th April is the start of a three day art festival in Downtown McKinney with the square and side streets closed off for a big three days “Arts in Bloom” event. I’m glad of the 10 by 10 area allocated to me because I have so much art to show that weekend. Hoping that Texas weather is kind to us.
Everyone in my home is complaining that I have taken over every surface and every room (apart from my daughters’ bedrooms) with paint, and canvases and resin curing. I was donated a desk this weekend which gave me the chance to tidy up my art room and actually gave me a flat surface in there to work in so have decided to give fluid paint, large canvases and all the experimenting a break for a month and return to alcohol inks because I can work in a small space and create smaller pieces that allow us to eat at the dining table 😜 . I wonder how long it will take them all to miss me lol
Back to flow techniques this week for a few large commissions and then working on some smaller tiles for the Arts in Bloom three day event in McKinney 7th to 9th April.