Today I started a new painting on canvas. I've had a really long break from work with a trip overseas and just settling back slowly. I don't feel the urgency to work sometimes and actually trying to give up smoking makes me feel a bit down. But this morning I just had to do something like painting to just feel the paint and unpreciously move it around. My idea is to paint a landscape with a tree or several trees. I wanted to approach it differently. I started with Prussian blue mixed with an Indian red and van dyke brown and applied the paint with a palette knife. I just hit the surface very confidently and moved the paint around. Then kind of felt my way around drawing you could say, shapes and branch-like shapes. Then just scraped the knife over the paint and surface. Not to cover all the canvas, but rather just scumble some colour here and there. Why ? Well, that way, when I begin adding other colours, they too will be mixed with the base colour I put on with the palette knife. A good way to harmonise the color scheme.
The painting now is at a stage where I can see what it is and I've added figures on both sides. I'm deciding now to possibly leave a lot of bare canvas show instead of painting everything in detail filling the entire surface. I kind of like the rough look of it now. It's something I'd never do in the past. I've over-painted so many pictures over the years ! I just need to know when to stop and let the suggestive quality of an image take over. I will let it rest and see it with fresh eyes in a few days. I definitely like the way the painting seems to have a transient look about it. I want it to appear as if its about to change in front of the viewer like a wind or a cloud covering the sun just as you are about to take a photo of something outside.
I should also mention that for this painting I will not be using any medium at all. Also a new thing for me. Just turpentine for initial under painting in some parts, but from here on none at all. Interesting feeling how dry and tacky the oil paint is without medium or linseed oil. I like it so far.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints