I recently finished this painting below quite quickly, and I can’t decide whether to keep it looking like this or to start again. It’s a very simple technique of just applying the paint directly and mixing on the canvas itself, and then scraping it across to create interesting, or at least mildly interesting, patterns using a plastic CD cover. The painting below is based on an earlier painting I did at my undergraduate university art society a few years ago, and to which I later gave to a friend. To be honest I’m looking to give this one away if I can.
In earlier posts on here I have stated my love for Impressionist era painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Picasso and others, and whilst I dearly love their artistic works, I still haven’t attempted any realistic paintings myself as I do not possess the skills necessary. In fact, I still haven’t used oil paints yet, but look forward to the day I start experimenting with them! Still, I find it inspiring and moving to view such woks of art, and I can often be found in my hometown art gallery admiring the local painters and the art society, with their differing styles and approaches. I find the mixing of the paints, of the vibrant colours washed over a large area of canvas, quite therapeutic to produce and yes, sometimes a joy to look at. Other times I am just not sure, but it is always fun to experiment! I think my next attempt will include some pencil and pen drawing underneath before applying a thin layer of acrylic paint- I am keen to see if this approach of detail and use of block colour will work.