In this session I really went to town on reworking the trees. As I said earlier, I wasn't liking the tightness of the patterns and marks. I just wanted to let loose and feel my way around a lot more. It's as if a painting begins to be exactly as you've imagined in your head to begin with - its a dead painting for me. Painting is something you do to invent and create from an idea or inspiration. For me, one color or mark on the surface leads to another until something starts to form. The picture is a painting and it looks like a painting and it can't be anything else. Sounds strange but the act of painting is like nothing else on this earth. The result for me is something left from a series of marks with the brush and a play with all manner of colors. It always looks like a painting in the end. That's what I really like - a painting that looks like it is. Fortunately the final image is somewhat different to what I imagined it to be. Yes it changed, it grew into something else and it's meaning also changed with that. I feel differently about the whole picture from when I first started it, six sessions have gone by and Im glad to be at this stage still changing things and having fun with it all.
So back to the tightness of the trees, I've added some highlights. In the next session I'd like to abstract the marks a lot more until the viewer can't help but try to see the painting as something looking real but also see the abstract shapes too at the same time. I really want the trees to jump out and dazzle the eye and look as if the shapes are just about to fall down or scatter in a gust of wind.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints