I've also been reading a book entitled "Collage, Colour and Texture in Painting". While this verges on advocating a formulaic approach, it is full of lots of ideas about mixing media, using various tools and it is also a good reminder about the importance of composition and a focal point. On reflection, I'm thinking my pictures tend to lack a good focal point. (On further reflection, perhaps many of Van Gogh's pictures lack a focal point too).
The weather's been somewhat uninviting while we've been up here, and so sketching opportunities have been limited. Today was no exception so I thought I'd try a little painting. Not in the studio, so had to use the materials I had brought - acrylics, watercolours, gouache and charcoal. Also subject to distractions...out for a little walk and off to the bottle bank (haha) etc.
Noticing that Prussian Blue is an important colour for landscape here at this time of year. I had thought this before in the studio, but some of the dramatic scenes today (between sleet showers) highlighted the intense prussian blue of the hills in the middle distance contrasting with the burnt orange of Slumbay in the foreground. Perhaps if I really want to get to grips with colour I should do this more often i.e. think about the colours I would use to paint what I see about me. Perhaps I should be doing it all the time....
Anyway - I had a go at a couple of paintings today, based on photos of local scenes (easier when I'm in Lochcarron). The first was a view over the bay near Slumbay that I had sketched in the snow the last time we were here. I quite liked the composition, with the curvy bays leading to the houses down at the shore edge next to Slumbay. So I figured that those houses and trees were my focal point.
|Emerging picture of 3 Bays copyright Aileen Grant|
|Ardaneaskan View (Charcoal) copyright Aileen Grant|
|Emerging Picture Ardaneaskan View copyright Aileen Grant|