I am wanting to get away from realism and especially getting caught up doing the small ‘details’ and ‘picky’ unnecessary parts of my artwork. I thought I would look and examine the outdoors around home for composition, shapes, and the interaction of art elements. My goal is to eventually work non-objective.
This first landscape is of our backyard fence with the neighbor’s garage behind it. I was intrigued with the interaction of geometric and natural elements. I, also, steered away from the actual existing colors and experimented with the palette.
A couple of months ago in September I was working on a 16×20 canvas with a vague idea that was ‘going no where.’ I began to see a reflective pond with many colors taking my memory to Shore Acres Garden pond as a theme. I recalled I had a couple of reference pics similar to what was developing. One was found and it assisted in creating a basic structure as far as foreground, middle and rear. Colors, textures, and structure became invented. A fun acrylic painting!
Last Tuesday’s plein air outing had cool and windy conditions dis-allowing for painting but prompting time for gathering reference material for studio. After gathering info at the end of Cape Arago highway, Cape Arago, I made a stop at Shore Acres for an hour or so. Today was studio work with pic and sketch off cliffs of Shore Acres looking south toward Whiskey Run. The Pacific was wide awake!
The following is a pic – a sketch – and oil painting (16×20) on stretched canvas:
Finished October with plein air work on the Coos Bay Waterfront boardwalk. The first was of a tugboat and pilings. Its challenge was the composition – placing the heavy weight of the pilings on the left side and counteracting with a sliver of light and darkened skies on the right.
The second small painting was done on a rainy morning with a heavy dose of grey atmosphere. This painting’s challenge was to sneak some color in and keep the calmness of the day’s beginning.
Finally, the third was of the docks and fish shack. It was more of an experiment with more texture, rhythm with pilings and water, and composing with angles.
A couple of weeks ago our plein air group met at a spot near Isthmus Slough. We traveled a couple of miles up the slough toward Green Acres. The location was quite void of visual stimulus with quiet waters, low tide, small forest and bushes across the way, and some shop buildings here and there.
But there was one area near the bank where once a dock had existed and the only thing left of it were some pilings with bent, rusty metal fasteners & pegs still attached. Plus, the low tide exposed a piling shaped as a pencil. How it stood baffled me. We visited the place twice and each time I did the same piling theme with one from a distance and the other closer.