I’ve just completed a six-week break from coloured pencils. During that time I re-discovered the joys of painting in acrylics. I’ve posted some of them here today. They all relate to the ‘brick’ theme that I’ve been following for some time using coloured pencils. The subject is the Australian landscape and my love for the work of Australian artist Fred Williams.
2013 was a very busy year for me art-wise and quite a successful one, but I needed to slow down, even stop from the hectic pace that I’d been following. My hands were telling me (arthritis) that I needed a change, so I bought several canvases and updated my supply of acrylic paints. When finished I’ll have a series of 8 paintings to show at various exhibitions during the year.
This week I ‘returned’ to pencils, refreshed and with specific ideas in mind that are already showing promise. The break has done me the world of good. I intend to return to acrylics now and then, but my greatest love remains with coloured pencils. The warmth of Summer makes it much easier to draw than the colder Winter months. Maybe I need to find a balance.
Working in entirely one medium can be dangerous. Ideas come from careful planning or simply as a result of an experience or seeing something (as it did yesterday) that triggers a creative response. One should never be dictated to by an art medium, it’s the idea that really matters. Once you have thought and planned an idea, then choose your medium/s.
The message (idea) is the most important aspect of a painting, not the medium.
My next blog post will reveal one my themes for 2014.