Shelley Smart documents the day to day activities at the beach on her great blog "A Year at the Beach". She is a fantastic artist and photographer and was nice enough to share some of her photography with me. So, I painted this little seascape from her reference.
How could I turn down a scene like this! I still didn't have it out of my blood, so I decided to try a little acrylic abstract based on the same reference.
Well, it has happened again.........I had the urge to try my hand at abstract again.
I was determined to do a mixed media abstract, get out my many Golden mediums, and just have a fun day playing. Kind of like kindergarten. Why did I think that?
Don't I know that mixed media abstract is one of the most stressful things I can try? Why don't I remember that my mind goes blank, that I'm not one of those people that can stand in front of a blank canvas and pick up a brush without a plan?
Why do I always think, this time it will be different?
Well it wasn't. I worked at least 4, maybe 5 hours with my Golden mediums, getting the texture just right, carefully choosing the acrylic colors, blah, blah, blah. It was a mess.
The next day, I sanded down as much as I could, turned to my beloved oils, and ended up with this result. Something I can live with. Something that might give me a tad more confidence the next time I decide to do an abstract. Something that I really kind of ........ like. NEVER GIVE UP!!
I wanted to do an abstract landscape in a larger size than I have worked with in the past. I remembered driving through the fields of Georgia just as the sun broke over the horizon one morning, and decided to paint based on that memory.
I enjoyed the experience of painting on a larger scale and tried hard to keep the freshness of my smaller abstracts.
We used to say that photos never lie, but as you know, that is not true these days. I just returned from a short trip to New York City with my daughter and grandson. He had lots of fun taking photos that lie. This is one of my favorites.....
We also walked by a sports show being filmed on TV. That is my grandson in the background, making like the circus strong man. Hope they didn't mind!
This stormy landscape painting is a scene I see most every afternoon in the summer, here in Florida. The warm breezes blow across the state from the west and collide with the cool ocean breezes from the east. Instant Storm!
I painted this in oil and using a palette knife to capture the feel of impending doom. You know that feeling.....the black clouds suddenly roll in...the temperature drops 10 or 15 degrees in what seems like seconds and the wind kicks in. Time to run for cover!
I painted on 11x14x1.5" canvas and painted the sides black making framing an option.
But it could also be from the countryside of Arizona or even North Dakota, where the weather is very rugged. Can you tell I moved a lot in my life? Yes, I spent years and years following my Air Force husband from location to location. We are so happy to have spread our roots in Florida and North Carolina.
I have to be in the mood to paint with a palette knife, but when I am.....it is really fun (and in my case messy). Most of my favorite artwork (by me) has a least, some areas of knife work. I really love the texture which I feel brings a whole new dimension to the piece.
Thanks so much for viewing my abstract landscape today. I hope you will pin it!