This painting for me is the narrative of that theory. I have been working with this painting for over a year and during the time it has been on and off my easel it has been through some pretty drastic changes. Friends that saw it through it's various stages have raised an eyebrow, looked concerned, sent me self help links and generally looked out for me!
I on the other hand have been frustrated, fed up, confused and finally relieved that it all finally made some sort of sense.
I have been striving for a looser and more let's say, abstract handwriting but it is hard to achieve that without having to tick a lot of boxes along the way.
Drawing is the foundation of all good art. Fact. I can't be bothered to argue with anyone that doesn't think this is the case so don't waste your breath. It is my opinion, and that of a lot of other artists that I admire.
So I have been strict about practising and honing my observation skills. This is of course a daily habit and there is always something else to improve on, but I feel I have really worked hard on this particular aspect of my development - and will continue to do so.
Colour is something that I am obviously drawn to and I have studied colour theory and have a rough grasp of the do's and don'ts so wanted to see if I could put this into practice in a. larger piece of work.
Abstract however is a whole other kettle of fish! It has been one of the hardest things to try and develop! When you are so used to dealing with getting a likeness it is hard to let go and try to represent the 'essence', 'emotion', 'shape' or suggestion of form. A workshop led by the totally abstract Gerry Dudgeon and then day painting with the wonderfully expressive Lesley Humphrey taught me a lot!
So that is why this painting started out as a straight representation of a dressage horse and then went through many different identities including a black canvas at one point, to then come through like a phoenix form the flames and become my first painting of 2019!
Happy New Year to you all and I hope that it is a happy, healthy, challenging (in a good way), and prosperous one for you all!
Thanks for following me along the way