Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Visual scoring.

Painting health check.

Is it finished?

This picture is settling in my studio.
I am wondering if it needs more work
 or shall I call it finished? 

A health check can be useful when faced
with a painting on the easel.

Here are some ‘visual scorings’...
Another quote from online

Curves and angles: There’s a reason why fruit and round bottoms keep making it into masterpieces. The eye will instinctively follow a curve.

In geometrics or architectural subjects, a pointed end or the connection to a new line is a visual pleasure point.

In abstraction, a horizon-like line can provide a tether to an otherwise cacophonous symphony of form.

Colour: The mother of all languages, colour is the first signal of where to look, where to linger and where to get lost.

Give the eye a place to rest and stay awhile...

A flat, or even a super-flat, offers a void-like space in which to get lost in the materiality of pigment. 

‘Carried away by a moonlight shadow’

Oils and cold wax medium on a 20 x 20 inch canvas.

Looking at this image there is a curve and some lines; 
a colour ‘pop’ and other subtle colours,
A ‘portal’ to give some intrigue 
and a flat area below to rest.

I am not suggesting this is a masterpiece 
but I shall leave it for now.

This next picture was painted at the same time.

Using the same principles I will check...

There are curves and angles,
connecting lines, possible geometric shapes,
and some ‘horizon’ lines.

Again, there is bright colour and some 
subdued colour for change and contrast.

I think the colour shapes add some interest 
and maybe suggest a building 
with the lines as tracks and trails.

The picture reminds me of narrow lanes 
and fields around my home.

I will call it finished.

‘Sunshine and blue skies’

Oils and cold wax medium on a 20 x 20 inch canvas.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Anne Wood
Wild at Heart Studio

Monday, 8 April 2019

Making changes.

Being true to myself.

“There was no one around to look at what I was doing, one interested, 

no one to say anything about it one way or another. 

I was alone and singularly free, 

no one to satisfy but myself”

Georgia O’Keefe

This picture has been hanging in my studio 

for several weeks.  Today I decided to 

make some significant changes.

Taking a bold approach I added a lot of dark paint.

Prussian blue, cobalt blue, manganese blue.

Some red...permanent rose, alizarin crimson.

Plus cold wax medium and some titanium white.

Layering and rollering, the colours blended together.

Scratching into the layers revealed dry paint beneath.

‘Song of the Earth’

Oils and cold wax medium 

100 x 100 cm canvas 

It was a risky business...but I am satisfied.

No one to please but myself.

Thank you Georgia O’Keefe

Until next time...

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Colour in my studio.

A fresh start...

After my studio clear-out I have enjoyed 
stocking up on new canvas and paint.

I began mark-making on a 2 large 
canvases using bright colours.
The painting would go through several stages.

Here is the first part...
they are drying on the easel before the next move.

I will describe the journey of the one on the right.
Random marks give me a start.

Many layers will be applied and scraped back
revealing the colours beneath.
I call it Creation-Destruction-Creation.

Turning the canvas around I added more shapes
and colour taking the painting further.   

It still needed some work to tease out a
composition with a sense of purpose.
At present it is a jumble of colour.

Below is the finished painting.

‘Gathering blackberries up the lane’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas.

I added and subtracted until I reached a
point where I was happy with the design.
Being brave and taking risks is part of the process.

I feel the piece is calmer now
and although there are three distinct sections,
the scratchings add some differences.

The focus is really the central part...
A mini landscape.

Imagination plays a large part in my work.
There are no fixed rules and no photos.

My landscapes are purely fictional 
but the title suggests a day in the countryside.

Jackson Pollock 
put into words what I aim for...

When I am in a painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc, because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

Jackson Pollock

‘Ruffled Red’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 

Until next time...

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