Abstract: bowl, jug & ball
This is the piece I painted in yesterday’s Acrylics class. Val arranged the following still life:
I played around with some of the edges and shapes in a sketchpad, put them all together, added and erased lines, until I had what seemed an interesting arrangement. I had already prepared a background so that I didn’t have to paint directly onto the white paper or have to wait until one dried during the class. I then started filling in the shapes with some colours. It didn’t seem to cohere so I added the two thin lines on either side to ‘bracket’ the shapes and hold them together.
I have to thank Dawn for the yellow-green line on the left. I initially painted it in white but Dawn felt that it unbalanced the whole. We then played around with colours from my collection and hers, finally combining a deep cadmium yellow of hers and a pale green of mine to come up with that gorgeous spring colour.
I thought it was a mistake to put the ultramarine and phthalo green together in the top left shapes (you have to look hard in the jpeg to see that they are different colours) but the combination has grown on me. I’m wasn’t overly keen on the pale lime at the bottom, either, but Dawn thought it worked and again, I’ve come to accept it.
I really enjoyed this session and think abstraction is the way I need to go, eventually. I’m currently struggling with a representational picture of a tree. It is a challenge, and one I want to learn how to complete, but it really isn’t my ‘thing’.