In September I had to have an ankle tendon repair surgery, and was non weight bearing on my foot for 7 weeks. Since there was such difficulty in moving anywhere, I spent a lot of time sitting and reading.
Since I love all kinds of art, I was looking at various artists work, and found myself intrigued with landscape paintings that are more abstract. I loved the landscapes that were created with colorful shapes separated with line, looking a lot like glass mosaics. They were obviously painted, but mosaic like. I also learned about an alternative color wheel, the CMY, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, which is the “true” color wheel. I won’t go into all the details about it here, except to say that using it makes paintings more vibrant looking, which I love.
So, I set out to learn how to change my landscapes, keeping these things in mind. I wanted to paint my landscapes more abstractly, and using the CMY color wheel, laying down the colors next to one another, and blending less. The goal is to have more vibrant color.
In my home, my studio is downstairs and I wasn’t able to get down there to paint, since I couldn’t walk. By the second week of this, I was really anxious to get into experimenting with these new ideas–especially since I was bored with the whole sitting and reading thing I was stuck with. I asked my husband to help me make a “Mini studio” upstairs so I could paint again. He brought up all of my Plein air equipment that I take out into the field to paint with, and I was able to start painting small studies–
Here’s a few of the studies I did. I had, and continue to have, a difficult time painting abstractly, and not blending. I would say they are a smidge more abstract, but not to the extent I was hoping for. I guess when we’ve been painting a certain way for 30 some years, it’s hard to change:-)
Below are the last two paintings that were painted back in my studio, again:-) They are in a larger format, and I was able to spend more time on them. I’m going to step it up to an even larger format next, since I’m getting more confident in my new process.
“Wooded Path”–16″ x 20″
“Farm Pond”–16″ x 20″
I’m really excited about this new way of approaching my landscapes. Each time I start another composition, I’m faced with the new challenges. It’s fun to change things up every now and then. It’s keeps freshness in my work, and excitement in my mind.
Until next time–