|Over the fields|
Last week I mentioned I had started a commission which I'm not ready to share yet as I’m still working on it but instead a new piece which I have just finished. I like to work on many pieces at once, each at various stages of readiness.
This way when a piece isn’t working I can leave it. Often pieces need room to breathe before I decide if they are finished. I leave them for a day or two, sometimes longer. When I look again with fresh eyes I know what needs to be done to finish them. Sometimes it’s a splash of a complementary colour, sometimes a tweak in the composition. Collage is great in that paper can be layered over surfaces if things are not working, it’s an intuitive process and it’s very hard to explain why I know when something is wrong and when I know something is right. It can take a short time, it can sometimes take longer. Often the pieces which I have to battle with are my favourites.
When the painting stops grumbling at me it is ready to go on its way.
At the same time as I was working on the little wooden panels i posted last week I was working on a similar larger canvas.
I used similar colours and fields of Thistle like flowers which blanketed the hillside during the Summer months.
|I think this is knapweed, my thistly inspiration.|
I liked all the textures and papers but spend ages deliberating on the size of the wee house on the hill. If you look at this shot you can see it has been painted out and in several times!
|The finished house|
After several days rest I returned to the little house and knew what size it should be....
It has stopped grumbling at me and can be seen at Skyeworks gallery in Portree on the Isle of Skye