A few month ago I mentioned that I was experimenting with abstract painting, as a way to break away from my own artistic constrictions and explore other areas of my creativity.
Well, since then I have managed to produce quite a few canvasses, put together a tumblr gallery to showcase the paintings, and opened a little Etsy shop dedicated to my abstract art.
The sizes are small for now, as I want to be able to start and finish the paintings within reasonable time, while I keep the original concept fresh in my mind.
Way too often I start a piece and end up working on it for months (if not years!), and with time I feel it looses significance.
I’m planning to start working on larger pieces, the moment I manage to clear some space in my studio and time on my on calendar.
Abstract art have such a strong impact on large canvasses.
I have been working on a series of black paintings.
Yes, all completely black.
The inspiration comes from the content of my wardrobe, which consists of mostly black clothes.
The rather difficult task of looking for a specific garment is made easier by the slightly different tones, textures, shininess of the black fabric.
That gave me the idea of exploring the colour through those characteristics.
These are the first 4 of the series. They measure 6×6 inches (15x15cm), oils on linen, my medium of choice at the moment.
The overall plan is to create sixteen of them, to make a square of 4 by 4.
Another lovely Creature joins the party.
It’s a triumph of blue, to match the Lady’s eyes and dark skin colours for the make up and the decorative swirly tattoos.
The overall effect is that of a bird-like creature, a magnificent, vain, but shy creature.
And, as we are playing games and masquerades, the Creature in question is actually more like a bird of prey than a bird of paradise. But she enjoyed playing the part for the occasion.
This is the last painting for the series, for a little while, but there’s more masks to be portrayed and this chapter is not closed yet.
I will keep you posted on the developments.
I’m setting up some changeable installations on my studio walls, putting together little paintings, prints and cards.
Here are the first two.
I’m very happy and excited to have managed to finish the first paintings for this year party.
These are so different from everything I’ve done before and especially from the last “party” series.
I’ve started this series during the Carnival and the idea of light hearted fun and colourful masks influenced my choice of mood and colours.
A few doubts here and there and the temptation to cover everything up and start again…something that I tend to do too often!
Being happy with the results I’m continuing the series, I don’t think that just four paintings express the full spirit of “the party”. I have a folder full of sketches that scream to be made into paintings!
I’ve also started to work on a series of monochrome paintings. I will post sketches and work in progress of these soon.
I really feel back into a strong creative period. And this is after saying I wouldn’t paint Creatures anymore, at least for a while. I do that I think, to scare myself, to stimulate my creativity, because after I make those kind of statements I usually work twice as hard and with new energy.
But now…here’s the first mask for this year party, a triumph of white and turquoise and plenty of swirly details.
A little preview of the paintings I’ve been working on.
Still a few details and touches to add before they can be considered ready.
This year the Creatures decided for light, bright colours and ridiculously high wigs and hats.
Most of them wearing colours and attires they would never in their every day life. They are unrecognizable, but this was the theme of this year masked ball – trying the untried.