Last Friday I conducted an art class for the Launceston Art Society entitled, “Painting Without Brushes”. We spent the day applying paint with small pieces of mountboard cut into various widths. Ice cream sticks and fingers were also employed. Brushes were banned! I wanted everyone to experience working with thick paint using the landscape as subject matter but being more concerned with the process rather than the product. What compositions that transpired were of an abstract nature. No real attempt was made to create any image that was realistic. This was a real challenge for this group of tradtional artists, but the all had the spirit of adventure, something that is necessary when you step out of your ‘comfort zone’.
I’m sure that when you look at today’s image painted by Judy, that you can see a landscape. It doesn’t matter if you don’t, that’s not the point of the exercise. The artist has a strong affinity with landscape painting and it was not an unexpected outcome. She did however, thoroughly enjoy the painting process. How often under such circumstances do we ‘paint what we know’.
Tomorrow I shall post something far more abstract.