Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Room to Move
Flora Bowley-style brave, intuitive painting, and I loved every minute of creating it.
I had no plan. I just started with a drippy background, and built four layers on top of that, drying well between each.
I love painting big, where there's room to move on the canvas. Twenty by twenty is about as large as I can go in my tiny studio ~ there's not just the challenge of how to arrange things so I can actually paint, there's the bigger problem of where to store the painted canvases once they're complete. I've got the first issue worked out to my satisfaction, and about where to store finished work, somehow I'll manage.
Something shifted for me recently, likely with this painting. I'm feeling more confident about everything I paint, big or small, wild or sedate. It all works for me now.
Having taken a break from painting for most of last year, after my second Jane Davies class, was a good thing. I've come back to it with fresh eyes and a new sense of wanting to try different things. I don't have to develop "my own style," I can jump around, experiment, work with a variety of techniques and methods, learn from others' work that I admire.
I'm ready for more instructional input now, as well. I'll likely sign up for Layer Love 2.0 next month, Chris Cozen and Julie Pritchard's online class that so many friends raved about last year. I'm also looking at taking Jane Davies' 100 Drawings class in September.
I've got a couple of painting books in my cart at Amazon, as well ~ Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo (who's style is similar to Flora Bowley's), and The Painting Workbook by Alena Hennessey.
It's pretty much all about paint for me right now.