I am a beginner with acrylics, but I'm loving experimenting with them. The Spring course focussed on the female face and the message which transpired from the painting. All 5 paintings were like oracles for me - totally intuitive and very inspiring. I will post them here someday when I get time!
For now I am excited to be experimenting with landscape which I've longed to do for years. I am surrounded by dramatic, ever changing scenery and hope to capture some of its essence with this free form abstract technique.
In this first week we are shown some interesting techniques and tools to use instead of the usual brush: - pallet knife, credit cards for scraping, the sponge brush, natural sea sponge for dabbing, a roller (the name of which I've forgotten for now), & what looks like a pudding bowl spatula.
Flora is also introducing 'moulding paste' for texture, and various 'gels' for transparency.
First I selected a series of photos, all of which encapsulated the mossy, rich green & ancient wetness of our Shropshire landscape. I chose the scene of a sprawling 'Goat Willow' climbing out of a sunken, swampy pool in the dip of the land. These bowls of water fill up with the rain. They are not fed by any natural streams. The Goat Willow is attracted to the damp conditions and likewise the moss and lichen which drape across their sprawling limbs.
From the photo I sketched roughly the movement I saw. The I experimented using just two colours each of which had two shades - 4 altogether.
This is what happened. . . .