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Traces of reality

Ebb and Flow – acrylic on canvas, 150 x 305 mm, 2015

Ebb and Flow – acrylic on canvas, 150 x 305 mm, 2015. SOLD

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” Pablo Picasso

I have just finished a large abstract painting commission (this isn’t it ― I’m saving that post for another day). I love commissions. It was, however, quite an intense experience. I don’t know why but I find abstracts a lot more challenging than painting landscapes or birds or flowers… I guess that’s because the painting itself is the frame of reference rather than a photograph or something you can see in front of you. Which means that anything is possible. And I find that difficult, possibly because there are too many options. Some people are happy to start with an idea, a mood, a colour, a texture… I guess I’ve discovered that I like starting with an image. Of something. Anything. Anything at all.

Nugget Point, original photograph, 2013

Nugget Point, original photograph, 2013

Nugget Point, reference image (cropped, edited and flipped 180°)

Nugget Point, reference image (cropped, edited and flipped 180°)

So I decided to work on a little abstract just to move some paint around : ) and used a photograph taken a couple of years ago on the Otago coast as my starting point ― a photo of waves crashing against the rocks. It’s an image I’ve been wanting to paint for ages because the place left such an impression on me. I’ve called the painting ‘Ebb and Flow’ and it will be available for purchase in the very near future.

Go do that

Violet study – acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2015. Available for purchase.

Violet study – acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2015. SOLD

“Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

These violets were originally posted last month as an ink and watercolour sketch here.

Cheat

On the road again, WIP/underpainting – acrylic on canvas

On the road again, WIP underpainting — acrylic on canvas

“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.” David Hockney

I’m not sure I agree with Mr Hockney on this point but I do like the quote… and I did ‘cheat’ a little with this composition by removing the car in the background and changing the colours (see photographs below). I hope to have another WIP ready to show you later in the week.

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If you want a subject, look around you

Crepuscular rays (study) – ink and watercolour crayon, 2015

Crepuscular rays (study) – ink and watercolour crayon, 2015

Homeward bound, Hanmer (original photo reference), 2014

Homeward bound, Hanmer (original photo reference), 2014

“If you want a subject, look around you.” Peter Brook

Thursday

Thursday (Avon River) – acrylic on canvas, 760 x 510 mm, 2015. For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

Thursday (Avon River) – acrylic on canvas, 760 x 510 mm, 2015. SOLD

Poplars, Christchurch (NZ), 2014

Poplars, Christchurch (NZ), 2014

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

This is my third painting created especially for this year’s Christchurch Art Show. I hope to finish several more before the exhibition in June. I also have a large (and I mean LARGE) commission work I’ve just started on : )

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