As time marches along in the journey I refer to as “what shall I paint or sketch next,” the trip often leads to places that I wasn’t really expecting to end up at. Kind of like taking a Sunday afternoon road trip in your car and not hitting any of the spots you thought you would while ending up in areas that were far better, yet left you wondering “how did I get here exactly?”
So, as I say – this is no different in terms of “how did I get there exactly?”
One thing that I’ve learned(well sort of learned) is not to be afraid to do and go places artistically that you never imagined you might head off to. As someone said in a painting tutorial, “don’t be scared to experiment and fail – the paper only costs pennies.”
In my mind, art whether it be painting, drawing, or photography represents the artist’s interpretation of the scene that is in front of them at that moment in time and space. The artist then leaves “enough room” within the context of the finished work for the viewer to make their own interpretation or fill in the blank(s) in their own mind of what the artist is portraying.
Art and the whole creative spectrum(of whatever that might be) should cause the person looking at the work to stop and think – that’s my short version.
So……what do we have here?
This painting was inspired by a short video on abstract watercolour painting using washes to create an abstract sense of depth in a piece.
The washed-out colours in the back are void of detail in order to represent a forest as viewed further away. The trees that show more detail represent those closer in your field of vision. As well, I tried to create(with only moderate success) within the trees themselves a perception of depth, as some have more detail(closer to you) while others seem to be more faded, thus further away.
Obviously, pine or coniferous trees aren’t orange or red in colour.
But that’s part of the “abstractness” of the work.
Anyhow, hope you enjoy it.
–as always with love–
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