Beginning A New Painting – A review of this month’ s work in the studio

Well what is exciting about beginning a new painting? I think that perhaps the most exciting thing about it is the potential. A famous Artist once said that the greatest painting you will ever do is your next one. So that’s pretty exciting really, because it means whenever you start a new painting you have the possibility of it being better than  the last one. Not only that it might be best one that you will ever do.

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Detail of Matheson Bay painting

 

So I’ve had a few exciting moments over the last month or so, with four new opportunities for beginning a new painting. Of these, three are now completed works and another one is on the way.  The subject matter is one of my favourite subjects to paint – New Zealand.  I haven’t done any landscapes for a while, so it makes a nice change to do something like these works.

The inspiration for some of the paintings comes from my trip to New Zealand around this time last year.
Also a friend kindly allowed me to use one of her photos as source material.
Although I have painted many landscapes I haven’t actually painted very many Seascapes. So it’s been an interesting exercise to work on these paintings which so far all contain a lot of water. The painting above is the last one that I completed and probably my favourite so far. What inspired me to have a go at this one was the amazing colours in the water and sky. I have to say that trying to mix the colour for the water was pretty tricky. I think I had about 20 different shades of blue and green on my palette at one point.

I’ve never been much of a one for painting sunsets or sunrises, as I think they often tend to look very Chocolate Boxy, and kind of fake. This little scene however, has something very special about it. The delicate shade of pink in the sky, with the amazing shades of aqua water below create a scene of great serenity. 

 

The other works I’ve completed are of the inlet near Colville on the Coromandel peninsula. The fascination for these  two works was the misty hills and the beautiful reflections in the water. 

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Snippet of Colville II

 

The works are almost monochromatic.  There is colour in them, but very subtle.  When the mist is heavy on the hills much of the colour leaches out of the subject, as there is no strong sunlight to bring it out.  However I think there is always great beauty in these landscapes.  They are serene, gentle and quite meditative.

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Snippet of Colville I

 

If you would like to see the whole paintings, pop on over to my website for a better look at them.  Or you can come to the group exhibition Nature’s Expression, in May for an even closer look.  I will be posting details – next month. 

This Weeks Question: What is your favourite thing about beginning a new painting, or other creative work?

Look For Next Week’s Post: To be or not to be? The age-old question about gallery relationships and whether to choose representation or not. 

 

CREDITS: I would like to acknowledge Kai Engel for the music in my video – thanks Kai.

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