Even though I haven’t been posting, I’ve actually been doing a lot of art! Huzzah!
I’ll start with this big piece I’ve been working on over the last month.
About 5 years ago when I was in my first year of university I created a smaller version of this piece. It was based on my final project for A Level art, and was an abstracted version of my view from my halls in Russell Square.
Although it was a little bit hotel-lobbey-artish, I liked it and decided to start a MUCH bigger version of it the following year.
The canvas had been sitting in my room for a few years untouched. Since I was at a loss of how to start a new project (see previous post) I thought I would pick up one id I’d already started.
Here’s the start – i hadn’t done too much to it at this point, just livened up the paint (acrylic).
Excuse the sun creeping through. I’d forgotten how nice it can be to just paint in the sun and listen to the radio.
You can see that progress is pretty slow, but that’s ok. This piece is a bit of a colour and composition exercise, which is pretty much my favourite kind of art to do.
One piece of advice that’s stuck with me is to rotate your work and look at it from all angles. Especially important when you’re thinking about the balance of a piece.
And here we are now!
I’ve started to apply the paint in different ways and think about blocking out some of the clear divide between shapes. I wish I had the original reference to remind myself where each roof and building began.
Unfortunately it was a particularly windy day and my easel blew over, so there’s now a small rip in the canvas.
I’ve been working on some other pieces over the last couple of days since I felt like I hit a bit of a wall with this piece. It’s been so nice to feel motivated again!
If anyone else is feeling a bit lethargic, try picking up an old piece that you haven’t looked at in a while, it might be just what you need to get started again.