Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Playing with Texture

Every now and then, I have this urge to break away from the norm and try something new. I use the Avon Valley Artists group as a time to try out these new things, not least because I respect their comments, both positive and negative (in the nicest possible way!)

The studio is completely upside down, undergoing a major restructure, so it was a case of whatever I could lay my hands on, and as the subject was 'Flowers', too much resource material was not required.

I used a piece of heavy paper as I felt there was going to be lots of water involved, and I collected scrim, gesso, gauze, and cling film to provide the textural imput.

I pasted the scrim, gauze and gesso onto the paper, especially on the LH side of the sheet, and when they had dried, I washed over the paper in three distinct bands of colour, and covered it with cling film, pulled into vaguely stem shapes.
 I left the whole thing to dry over night.

 
 
I lightly sketched  a stem of foxgloves in the central gap, but became aware that if I continued in this way, I was in danger of producing a 'copy' of a well known artists piece of work
I'm not sure how this came about; maybe I had seen the piece recently and subconsciously been influenced by it.
Anyway, I changed the flowers to simple daisy shapes and painted these the paper in a freehand way.
 
 
 
 

 
I kept adding the flowers until I felt the balance was right, and added the centres and a good deal of splatter, and it was time to finish. Not my finest hour, but an interesting exercise, and as usual, lots of fun to do.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



4 comments:

  1. Yvonne, I enjoy the happy array of color. And it does the creative soul good to try new things. It can be inspiring. I like your painting.
    (What do you think? How would the painting change if you added a soft pink flower that went off the painting on the right into the white and yellow?)
    Diane

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comments. Maybe you are right about another pale flower, but I am sure this would change the dynamics of the column-like composition. Always lovely to have feedback.

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  2. There were some very interesting textures in this painting (which don't show up up too well here) making a good contrast to delicate flowers.

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    1. Thanks Jan for having a look at the BlogSpot.

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