I have been working on a series for a special exhibit that will take place in November. I need to paint 12 profile canvases sized 10 X 10.
Instead of painting different subjects, I decided to paint all of them of the same subject and with the same primary colors, in effect creating a series.
I am painting contemporary forests. I started a larger series of these in January and I am still fascinated by the effects and the look of each different painting. Starting with a loose background of warm colors, I play with the paint until I am satisfied with the result. I let this dry and put the canvas aside until I start to see things surfacing.
In some cases, it is almost right away, sometimes, it takes weeks and the canvas sits waiting.
This is good for a medium to large canvas, but I have found working on smaller canvases to be a challenge. The surface is too small for the paint to move the way I like it, it reached the edges too rapidly and the subtlety in color and value is often lost and needs to be rebuilt.
Over the next few weeks, I will present the first six completed paintings of the series. I must say in tackling numbers 7 to 12, I find myself getting bored with the subject and already running out of design ideas.
To start the first six paintings, I observed the designs of some larger paintings I created over the last months and looked at how I could improve on these concepts.
So this is the first painting that was completed:
Over the next few weeks I will post the other paintings along with my thoughts about painting a series.