I have found that asking “What if…” can be a source of education and a good starting point when abstracting a painting. For instance, when I tried painting: “What if I make only crosshatching strokes” (such as in the image below), overlapping and colour ended up being the focus. By asking “What if…” you essentially allow the painting to paint itself.
Abstraction is an essential component of painting, whether we are conscious of it or not. The degree to which an artist chooses to change what is “real” to make a painting work is essentially abstraction.
Generally speaking, painting is not about copying something exactly, but rather creating an image using visual devices to render something specifically or emotionally. Here is where
Painting Outdoors, or en plein air, might be challenging at first, but once a working routine is established, it can become a passion all of its own and even a standard method of painting. Monet comes to mind painting large canvases by his backyard pond, which also suggests you do not have to go far to be inspired: a balcony or car with open windows can be a first step. Continue reading FCA Article – Passion of Plein Air
What does Nature give us? Many things of course, but to an artist it offers endless studies in formations. An area of sandstone for instance offers many compositions to ponder. Small paintings are one way to explore these and add to an artists repertoire for larger works. Continue reading Natural Formations
Spending a vast amount of time on the mountains, finding inspirations and contemplating new ways to paint them, I found myself on a ridge of abstraction where realistic shapes mingled with geometric ones and warm colours with cool ones. Continue reading On the Ridge of Abstraction
The structure of the painting is said to start from its black and white composition, and overall value pattern, which influence the colours chosen. In this piece I starting with my own mixed blacks, and decided to allow the… Continue reading Inspired by Structure…and Moving Beyond
Sketching prepares for all other work and alows one to study the subject in
various ways, for instance: finding Continue reading Sketching on Location
Plein Air (outdoor) Painting is one of the best ways to get to know a subject and study elements. The various small works completed on location inspire subsequent works, being collections of experiences and painting studies that explore various elements.
Abstracting while outdoors utilizes both an understanding of visual components of painting as well as receiving the unexpected inspirations from one’s surroundings and inner Continue reading Plein Air Inspiration
A Little Thought on Inspiration: “Getting in the Mood” By Jane Appleby
What does it take to “Get in the Mood” to create something from nothing? I asked myself this question after spending a whole day painting without any satisfying results. Continue reading FCA Article – In the Mood
Little Gems about Painting Small By Jane Appleby
As an artist, I find my recent “go to” size is: small, smaller, and …smallest. I just love things in small packages.
What is it about small paintings that grab our attention? Continue reading FCA Article – Little Gems