For years, I have been painting landscapes in acrylic. I seek out the quiet places in the forests or overlooking the lake, places where I can relax and get away from the bustle of everyday living. Since the pandemic started, my everyday life has become very quiet and my landscape painting has slowed and stalled.
This year, I have begun experimenting with new techniques and processes. My colour palette has changed from soft and natural to bright and cheerful. The paintings have become busier and more optimistic. For me, this helps to offset the quiet of the pandemic. I am enjoying making art again! I thought I would share my explorations with you – my journey:
Down The Rabbit Hole
There is an explosion of creativity when you let yourself follow a rabbit hole. Once I give myself over to the rabbit hole then my job is to follow it where ever it leads and there is only one rule:
Think it, do it.
Because if you don't, then you will forget about it and about that flash of curiosity and insight that happened when you thought of it.
I like to document my search. A few short notes and a photo or two of the process is enough for me to come back later and pick it up. Or think of a new branch to the rabbit hole! I also like to keep all the little experiment pieces so that I can look back at them and remember.
PS - It helps if the experiments don't take too much time. It allows more parts of the rabbit hole to be explored without losing interest.
I am going to set myself the goal of posting on this blog once or twice a week. So check here frequently to see where the rabbit hole leads!
The Okanagan provides inspiration wherever you look. I enjoy both painting on location and working in my studio. For more information contact me at email@example.com