Lately, I have been deciding on the colours I want to use first before painting, and have been loving the results. Limiting my palette has had a very freeing effect on my work, allowing me to solely concentrate on what I am creating and not on what colours I’m going to be using as well. I’ve used a lot of water too which has dictated the shapes and patterns I have used as it flows and moves my paint into its own desired shapes.
I’m going to be exploring this method of painting more, not just because I like the paintings I am producing, but also because I am really enjoying myself.
Summer Wildflowers, along with In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying, and a few other wee paintings will be exhibited at Smithy Gallery in their Affordable Art Show from 24 June – 22 July 2018. The Private View is on Sunday 24 June, 2pm–5pm. You are more than welcome.
This wee painting was fun to do as it’s so far from the norm for me. I restricted my colour palette completely and I experimented with layer upon layer of the same colour. I’ll be doing this kind of thing again.
The original photo by the wonderful Nelleke whose work you can find on DeviantArt.
If you drive just 20 minutes south of where I live, you get to the highest point in the Glasgow area. From there you can look out west and see the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig.
If you are lucky enough, the sun will be doing spectacular things at the same time.
Sometimes I love a scene so much, I have to paint it more than once. Here is my latest offering, Winter Field. Below it is an earlier version; and below that is the original photograph.
This painting is from the same source photo and is currently in Smithy Gallery.
And here is the original photograph that was used with permission from Lawrence Cornell Photography.