Day 12: Abstract Highlands

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I’ve been sorting through photos from a road trip to the Scottish Highlands these days (putting together posts for my travel blog). While I haven’t been drawn to paint any specific image, I wanted to play around with the kinds of shapes and compositions that I’m coming across in these photos. Plus sometimes you just want to smoosh oil paint around with a palette knife.

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Last week I totally ruined a painting by controlling it to death. My initial strokes had been loose and inexact, but then in the process of trying to finish the painting I managed to squeeze out all the spontaneity of those early brush strokes, leaving a big pile of boring. So I’ve resolved to get looser with my daily paintings this week, to leave things alone before I over-work them, even if it means I sometimes end up under-working them. We’ll see how it goes.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

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2 Responses to “Day 12: Abstract Highlands”

  1. Andrea says:

    I totally understand what you mean about controlling a painting to death… I do it way too often. Love your oil paint smooshes!

  2. vicki miller says:

    I love the texture in these paintings!

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