9 February 2021
Last week I showed the beginning of six 30cm square abstract florals exercises.
I have been trying for a while to really loosen up my approach to florals but I always seem to start fiddling and realism takes over. Well my imagined realism. I love flowers and gardens; they are as much a part of my life as painting is.
These are two I have been working on for a while and am yet to finish. I didn’t achieve the looseness I wanted but I an happy with them. They are square; the first is 40cm and the other 60cm.
I find the work of other artists inspiring and informative. I know what I like but need to learn how to create those effects in my own work. I want to get more energy and gesture into my strokes especially in the final stages. I have studied a number of artists including Sandy Welch and Conn Ryder. A work of the Conn’s is shown below by courtesy of Pinterest.
Further work on two of the six square floral exercise are shown below. They are created mainly with R&F or Sennelier oils sticks. The former are much creamier and easy to use in this way.
My pink series continues on in the background and I am wanting this one to be finished. Just a few tweaks needed.
I am planning to get back to some expressive drawing soon and bought a new sketch book for that purpose today. Just have to find time to do all I want. And there are four collage exercises needing some attention. Love this art life.