When I'd finished painting my Moobaacluck orders today the sun had begun to lower in the sky. I looked around for something to do while I was waiting for the varnish to dry - on two cats, a moon and a pirate bear star.
I tend to have unfinished canvases or pieces of board stacked up against the book case behind me and works on paper or smaller pieces of wood in drawers.
Now that the Christmas madness is over I shall have more time to spend on the business rather than in it. More on that tomorrow.
Part of my 'evolution' this year is to discover what I want, which means really investigating what I like and not worrying that there are conflicts initially. Just looking a few things today I can see that I love texture. I also love clear graphic shapes. Here are just a few magazine cuttings that drew me today over the top of one of my painted backgrounds.
Strong floral shapes are important to me and I need to explore colour more. Here I just rolled on a mixture of purple, cream and brown to cover the boat underneath; these were the paints I had left from finishing those Moobaa commissions. Many of my paintings are stacked in the house and I realise that I use purple far too much...
I've often been someone who squeezes out the same few colours believing that I will be mixing a variety of shades, observing from life usually.. but in future I am going to be far more deliberate about colour palette. For example I really LOVE these rusty warm colours and the wonderful texture:
I can't be sure what magazine I tore this from - probably a Country Living. I have a strong urge to set up a simple still life and restrict myself to this palette. I should be able to start on Friday. Whether or not I will end up with a more traditional still life like these tulips I painted 20 years ago, or something more abstract like this blue painting from last summer, will be interesting to find out.
Maybe I'll do a series and see which approach I like best.
How do you approach your 'style' or way of working? If you're established do you try different ways of working? Do you find your clients - galleries or buyers prefer you not to deviate from the style they love? I wonder how many professional artists ever feel they have restricted themselves - at least publicly.