I have been working on some more of the little harbour houses in the last day or so and the thing that I am finding most fascinating about them is the way in which they are teaching me what to put in and what to leave out.
Not everything needs to be there for the message to be conveyed.
Also – it is how I edit the images that makes my work completely unique to me. If we were all painting the same scene it would be the things we would choose to leave out as much as what we choose to include that would make each piece unique to us.
I am working from photos for these studies. It is not ideal as I would really rather be there working from life (but perhaps soon) but in working from these images I am making conscious decisions about
– which houses to put where (I am using the photos as inspiration rather than copying them),
– how many houses to include (sometimes one in the right place says everything I want it to say)
– drawing a suggestion of other pieces of the image
– choosing to work more on the atmosphere rather than every window and line
– creating random gestural marks that add to the piece making it more what I feel rather than see
I am really excited about discovering more about this and will blog about it as my thoughts develop further!