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.
Once 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, such as Garden Irises, alternating between the two. You can see many more in Abstracts on Paper, Textured Paper Paintings, Abstracts on Canvas, and Textured Canvas Paintings.
Or, 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 varnish. I was especially attached to these paintings, as you can read on their page, and am happy to know that each one went to someone who loved them (nearly) as much.
Now and again I will zone in on a theme, approach, and/or colour palette that I return to, creating a series of paintings that are visibly related. Strong and Free is my largest series to date and I am still adding to it. I love how I can create an atmosphere of calm weather in one and stormy weather in the next. Other series are smaller, such as Persian Nights and Moonlit Shores, although I have been tempted recently to add more to these.
Most notably, I have refined my method for working on paper, which I now call “donc-le-papier.” Stemming from my late aunt’s tendency to use “donc” at the beginning of each step when giving instructions (donc means “so” in French), I felt it captured not only the use of paper but that steps were needed. Often working on wet paper, with acrylic washes or fluid acrylics, it is a method that brings the elements of surprise and glee, and most often brilliant colour, back into the Studio. Donc!
Meanwhile, I continue to dabble in new ways, always pushing out what lies within. I am looking in the direction of doing more collage work with paper, I have recently learned how to paint with alcohol inks (fascinating!), and am hoping to one day 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.