Tuesday, 7 December 2010
While I have several projects on the go at once, there are several water-related ones that keep jumping into my head and insisting that I make some inroads on them.
Reflections on water is the predominant image that calls me and I've done a couple of studies in preparation of larger pieces. I'm a firm believer in doing studies that let me work out most of my mistakes before I translate them onto a large canvas.
The first is a simple water pattern in late evening on a local pond. Its not complete in terms of light but enough information is there to make it recognizable for what it is. This is done on in oils on a 6 x 12 gallery canvas that I reclaimed from another start that didn't go as planned.
The second piece is strong reflections on the surface of slowly moving water. The distorted shapes create an abstract pattern and lots of negative shapes to work from. Its a bit of a puzzle to paint but a little concentration helps as well as the small size of just 6 x 6 in acrylics. I wanted to ensure that I would like to do this before I went larger with this one. I drew this up on a 20 x 20 canvas and will work on it as and when I can.