Drawing/Painting is always a learning process. We keep discovering new things and our works keep evolving. I’ve been doing realistic paintings for a long time and wanted to try otherwise. I challenged myself to create this landscape in a not so realistic fashion, by using angled, accented strokes. I tried very hard not to get into mundane details of the rocks or greens, it is very difficult to let go of the urge to put in all the details!
I usually spend all my time on one part of the painting until it is close to finish and then move over to the rest of the painting. I discovered that this was one of the main reasons why I was not able to render loosely. While doing this landscape I tried to cover up the whole board, blocking the basic forms and then worked the details on each form to the same level of completion. I am not sure if I achieved what I wanted with this, but I did indeed enjoy the process of loosening up. I do hope to pursue this style sometime in the future with my still life’s.
Water Ensemble – 8 x 12.5 on pastel board.