I have playing around with shape and colour lately, reverting back to a my earlier approach when we first settled in France. I think I have said before that I feel I am getting stale with my realistic paintings, and have decided to continue exploring more abstract motifs, whilst retaining a recognisable image. I think this exercise will stand me in good stead anyway, when I go back to representational painting, a bit like proverbially cleaning my teeth and refreshing my palette.
I have some canvasses I bought a few years ago, with a view to making them into decorative screens, I only made one, so I thought I would use the rest for my next series of paintings. I like the panoramic shape, and this proportion works well for a series of sketches I have been doing, inspired by our canal holiday last autumn. These sketches are both in pencil and watercolour on paper and digitally on my wacom tablet, in the Sketchbook Express application. The format is 40 x120.
This B&W sketch :
became this colour one, the moon is missing so I must put that in:
Another colour sketch:
This B&W real pencil sketch became the following digital colour sketch:
pencil sketches not yet in colour, that’s my next task :
and a full size canvas in its infancy:
The painting is now an adolescent so I am leaving it alone for a bit! :