IN THE STUDIO v.2
What is finished.
In my last IN THE STUDIO blog post, I spoke about my process and my recent painting, "Monterosso al Mare". Happy to say that it is now finished. It took so long. I felt as if confetti should have popped out of the ceiling with that last brush stroke. At least the prosecco was flowing. Oddly enough, I finished it the exact day, a year later from when I started (according to my Instagram feed). Weird, eh? Anyhow, I'd like to share with you my finished work.
"Monterosso al Mare", 36" x 30", acrylic on canvas
Whenever I'm working on a piece, I find LOOKING almost as important as applying the paint. While I was trying to determine in those last couple of weeks if "Monterosso al Mare" was finished, I would look at the painting in different lighting. In the morning, I'd go to the studio and see how it looks before caffeine. During the day, how it looks in sunlight or if it was raining – did it cheer up the grey? Before bed, how it looked beside the night and in the artificial light. Once there was nothing more to add and nothing more to take away – I applied my signature, my stamp of complete. Happy dance ensued.
What I'm currently working on.
My larger works can sometimes take a long time to paint. Everyday, each week, for months. Like I said, "Monterosso al Mare" took a year – granted it was set aside for other work. So after working on the same thing for awhile, I turn to smaller works, aka instant gratification pieces. Because finishing something feels so good! The recent subject matter that has caught my fancy: SKIES! MINI SKIES! Though with my larger landscapes, I do try to incorporate a good sky. Here's one example painted (and sold) last year from my Tuscany series.
I'm the type of person who will stare at the clouds in the sky and will walk into something. For me, the colours are fascinating, the textures, lines, shapes are incredible. Whenever there's a cool sky I try to take a photo – to be painted at a later date. I was walking to have one of the best dinners ever at the 'Trattoria Le Ginestre' in Radicofani when I saw this sky.
"S.Tuscany Walk at Sunset" 36" x 24", acrylic on canvas – SOLD
Back to my recent instant gratification pieces - my mini skies! A sky can have so many moods. Peaceful, violent, hurried, and there's one I call the "tequila sunset" and that makes me want to drink. Sometimes I can tell the weather forecast for the next day: "red sky at night sailor's delight" and "red sky in the morning, sailor's warning". My mum taught me that, and it works so much better than my weather app. Thanks mum. Skies are nature's artwork. They are always changing.
So far I have two in my mini series, both 10" x 10" on canvas. This will be a recurring theme in my work, a reminder to look up and appreciate the beauty in nature.
Left: "July 2nd 2017 at 8:01pm" 10" x 10", acrylic on canvas
Right: "September 5, 2015 at 7:27pm" 10" x 10", acrylic on canvas
More to share soon. These are for sale (unless marked with SOLD). Please email if you'd like to make a purchase.
In the next couple of weeks...
I'll be researching this world so I can continue to paint it! Next trip – SPAIN! Barcelona, Mallorca, Ibiza, and Madrid. I'm sure I'll find plenty of beautiful skies, scenery, and landscapes to paint. When I was at University studying art, I wanted to travel and paint this incredible world. It took some time, but I finally am!
Thanks for reading and bye for now!