I have a problem. I am a serial project starter. When I get a new idea or want to try out a new technique, I get excited and will begin something new despite how many paintings are already in the works. Or sometimes, a painting won’t work out so I put it in a cupboard and come back to it a few months later. As a result, I have about a dozen paintings on the go at any one time and it takes the best part of a decade or two to actually finish one. It’s a nice problem to have as far as problems go, but I really would like to finish a painting every now and then.
I love seeing in-progress shots on the blogs of artists I follow. So even though I don’t have any finished pieces to show you, at least I can give you a sneak peak!
I actually finished this one ages ago but a couple of weeks later decided I didn’t like it (which is not uncommon). I’ve been revamping it on and off ever since.
This one has gone through many many phases. It started out usual enough. Then, I decided I would do a round-robin type thing with all of my art materials — I spread them all out and took in turns using each on this canvas. Lately, I’ve taken to using up any left over paint on my palette on it. Hence the crazy. I’m trusting that it’ll all just magically pull together into a cohesive something at some stage.
Originally, the background of this canvas was collaged. Again, I wasn’t happy with it and had it lying around for a long long time. I eventually worked up enough animosity towards it to completely paint over it.
I bought a big pack of these cute oval canvases when we were in Italy the first time around, way back in 2009! Against all odds, I actually managed to make some finished pieces out of them but still have quite a few left over.
I bought a few un-gessoed linen canvases from an art supplies store in Rome that’s been around since 1825. I really liked the colour of the linen so had the idea of only gessoing parts and allowing the natural colour of the linen to show through. I only got around to starting one of these paintings just recently though. This chick has been lurking in my sketchbook for ages! Have you noticed I have a slight balloon obsession?
This little guy is going to be part of a triptych of owls who have been on my brain for (you guessed it) quite some time now. I spent a good chunk of time in the past couple of weeks mixing greys with every combination of primary colours I have, thanks to this triptych. I’ve even been recording the results and the mixing ratios! Colour mixing is one of my favourite things to do, so I had a blast with this!
Finally, a landscape painting inspired by the colours of the Welsh winter countryside, which I blogged about not too long ago.
Phew! Not including all of the too boring to blog early-stage paintings I’ve got on the go, that is it!