This month I have been trying out some new thing with my art. With the brighter weather came an overwhelming desire for colour and something different. So I bought myself some books on the art of van Gogh and researched Matisse, the Fauvists and the Expressionists. Lots of fun. Armed with a little extra knowledge (and my book on Franz Marc) I tried to paint a little differently - with wild abandon using pastels, oil pastels, acrylic, watercolour, graphite and coloured pencil. These paintings are the result of my experiments.
First of all, I have the one piece of detailed work that I worked on this month. At about 16 hours of work it certainly took a lot longer than most of the other pieces. For those of you who have followed my blog for a while you will recognise him as Stanley, my sister's Rottweiler. The following brightly coloured pieces would certainly be seen on a dark night. I thought they might make nice greetings cards. The horse is heavily influenced by Franz Marc's work but the badger is all my own.
I also bought a book called Painting Abstracts by Rolina van Vliet. It gives lots of exercises for becoming an abstract painter and I have included a few of those exercises that I produced myself. I know, not the most ... what can I say? ...The most attractive, especially if you have no interest in abstract. But some of the colours are pretty. Ultimately I would like to combine the abstract background with a detailed painting to make my art a little unusual. A bold background to a painting might make a decent alternative to no background at all. Backgrounds have always given me trouble. I have never known where to place my animals when I am painting them. With a drawing you can get away with that. But paintings often need something more. This is my attempt to find an alternative.
This blue, red and yellow one reminded me of being on the coast, with sea spray battering off the rocks. Wish I could say it was deliberate but it was just a happy accident.
So there is certainly lots of colour this month. I hope you enjoy them.