This past week I had a bit of a breakthrough in regards to what to do for a body of work. I have been painting for a long time now but figuring out what to paint can sometimes be difficult. I have only given myself permission to spend money on art supplies and paint more within the last two or so years.
A few weeks back I painted a portrait and it finally clicked into the style I have had in my head for a long time. Instead of focusing on the background a lot I used a drizzle technique of sorts using solvent and I loved the effect. I used this again a couple of weeks ago on the second portrait which seemed to sit nicely next to the first. Then, last week I did a third and I love the way these sit together. I am going to attempt to put together around 15 paintings with this style with the hopes that I can present them as one of my bodies of work to a gallery one day.
At the same time I am continuing on with a series of more aesthetic paintings which deal with ‘journey’. The main characteristic that ties them together is a path or road. This is the one I did in that series this week. I still have some work to do on this but I do like the way its come together:
A funny thing that happened this past week involved instragram (I’m painterpw). I took a photo of my palette once I’d scraped it off and put it on Instagram. It got more likes than my paintings do. I’m not sure what to make of that but I have started using a technique that will allow me to make my scraped off palettes sellable paintings in the future. Sometimes its important to take our queue’s from our feedback! Here’s the palette photo:
“The road goes ever on and on”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit