Sunday, February 3, 2013

learning and a surprise

Throughout this week I've been experimenting with acrylics some more.  These 2 are on small wood supports, only 6x6 inches. The idea was to skip a photo resource to paint from; instead pulling subject matter from my minds eye and imagination and go at it in a playful sort of way... i wanted to fool around and get used to the 'feel' of the medium. I didn't really care about having anything to say...basically illustrations to learn technique.  
What's with the sailboats you might ask? hmmm... I really have no idea! I was listening to a program on Thursday night on tvo called 'Art of Germany' (a great show!)and the narrator described the sailboats in Casper Friedrich's art as symbolising 'life's great journey'. heh heh. not quite sure that's the case here! heh.

Something's still gurgling away in my mind on another theme i've been working on though; it's to do with the 'County Tour' theme that I've been working on in my larger oil paintings.  I decided to start an interpretive painting to get to the bottom of it. The only thing that seemed fitting to try and work it out was to work in an abstract manner. And that was a surprise even for me!  So far, I'm liking where it's heading, you can see it hanging on the white-washed doors in my studio. I'll post again when I complete it.

abstract 'County Tour' painting in progress ~ 30 x 24 inches


  1. Sally!
    I love your abstract in progress! Love your zest for the unusual and your fearless approach to creativity!
    Your work adds a much needed and important spark to the art world!
    Keep on painting "outside the box!"
    Art on!
    Great work.

  2. Hello Sally:
    We are so drawn to the freshness and vibrancy of the yachts on a bright blue sea and then, in contrast, to see them again in a more subdued setting makes for so much interest. Your work continues to fascinate.

  3. oh Michael, it is so encouraging to receive your enthusiastic response to my abstract work in progress. As you know, us artists have to stretch if we want satisfaction in our process's, and sometimes that means as you say painting outside the box. I appreciate your vibe. thanks!

  4. Hi Jane and Lance,
    Thanks for having a look and for your feedback on my efforts. It's gratifying and thrilling both at the same time!

  5. Hi Sally,
    I love your experimentation. I particularly love the blues in the water.

  6. Hi Wendy,
    Those blues are definately Australian water blues! ha ha. thanks for your positive reinforcement.

  7. Super work, I really love your experiments. Abstract -- that's exciting -- it looks great so far. I think I'll have to head up for a lesson -- once the snow is over!!!

    XO Barbara

  8. Hi Barbara!! yes!...abstract... something new for me! it's all about seeing where it leads...a different way to noodle:)

  9. Love your abstract art. Its surreal.

  10. Very much appreciate your kind comment Etched Glass. Thank you.


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