I have explored several different styles and approaches in my relatively short time painting abstracts and have loved them all. I find that changing from one style to another brings me renewed energy and creativity.
When I have decided to employ a specific technique or approach, I like to paint in batches, or sets. Most often it is just two companion pieces that I work on at once, as you can see in many of the Abstracts on Paper, Textured Paper Paintings, Abstracts on Canvas, and Textured Canvas Paintings.
From time to time I am inspired to work on more paintings at the same time, as was the case with the Touch of Love Set. I laid out these six canvases and applied every layer to each one in turn, right until the final flourish, signature, and glazing. This was a good year for this set, which is almost completely sold out. Only the third one remains, In the Evening, and ironically is my personal favourite. I will take this as a sign and add it to the walls of my home until perhaps one day it, too, will go.
At other times, I enjoy employing the same theme, approach and/or colour palette over and over again, creating a series of paintings, all related somehow. “Strong and Free” is my most recent series, and I am hoping to add to it still, especially since receiving the strong feedback at my last show. I exhibited the two smaller pieces and sold them early on, but kept them hanging until the end of the day. Over the course of the day, I had three more offers on them! The first and larger one in the series is my favourite and in a spot on my own walls. I fear I am increasingly reluctant to let it go.
All the while I am continuing to add to a few of the other series as well. I have at least one more to finish for the Sea and Sky Series (formerly known as Big Sky Series), hope to add more to the Steeltown Series (a series of companion pairs), am looking to complete a few more companion pairs, and employ some radical approaches to a couple paintings that have been stuck in a rut for too long.
I am also waiting to install my sister-in-law’s commission when she gets home in the spring, at which time I can see if some adjustments are necessary. If not, I can glaze it and reveal it to the world.
Meanwhile, I continue to dabble in new ways, always pushing out what lies within. I am looking in the direction of doing more work with paper, and perhaps even revisit the hardboard mixed media work I had done in my early painting days.
Considering the churning out and turning over of my inventory, it is best to keep checking in so that you can welcome any newcomers or perhaps to bid fond farewells.
And continue to enjoy the rest along the way.