Working on a painting series – Part 7 – Some difficulties

This is the seventh of a series of small contemporary forests I am working on.

Sérénade de chaleur / Warmth serenade
©2017 Suzanne Bélair
Acrylic and Inks on canvas 10 X 10 in

The previous painting of the series can be viewed <a href=”“>here.

Frankly, I am getting tired of working on these small 10 X 10 paintings. It is no longer that much fun to work them. I started the last six of the series with backgrounds I did not plan at all and now I have to toil with these and they are not easy to work with, stretching the working time and making these a lot longer to finish than they should be.

Here are the beginnings of the next six paintings including the one presented here:

I really enjoy working large formats from a “surprise” background but these are aggravating me right now. Where in a large format, textures and drips develop slowly and are fun to work with, the immediacy of the small canvas is making the hues and textures harder to control when you take the same approach.

Where the other six came together fairly easily, I find myself struggling  more and more with these and must increasingly go back to the basics of composition to be able to continue them or sometimes, send them in a totally different direction if need be.

I have been using Adobe Sketch on my ipad to sort out some of the problems but since I am no expert at it yet, my sketches present raw colors and shapes and only provide a very loose direction.

In the case of this week’s painting, can you guess which background evolved into it? Here it is:

©Suzanne Bélair

Tackling one subject only and walking that fine line between realism and abstraction is no easy feat. I find myself wanting to move more and more towards realism, closer to what I used to do. My choice of working in only three colors doesn’t make things any easier but it was my decision for this series.

If you have tackled a series, how did you find it improved your art practice?

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  1. Suzanne, c’est tellement d’une telle richesse que de suivre ton processus. Et j’aime ta confiance envers nous en partageant ton cheminement, tes ambivalences, tes difficultés, tes questionnements et tes réalisations face à ton projet et aussi vers où tu veux aller ou retourner dans ton art. Belle réflexion. Amitiés, Christianexx.

    1. Merci beaucoup ma chère Christiane de prendre le temps de me lire et de commenter. Comme tu vois ce processus de création n’est pas nécessairement facile, mais j’avance toujours un peu plus XX

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