Series Of Nine Painting Challenge

I discovered Wendy Solganik aka @willawatercolours over on Istagram having listened to a podcast interview with Laura Horn Art.

I decided to take up Willawatercolors Instagram art challange and make a series of nine paintings.

So where to begin?

I wanted to practice what I’d learnt from Laura’s classes, but I wanted to make these paintings my own.

I took inspiration from my photos of Northumberland, the cup and ring marks and rock carvings, rock formations, striations and carved channels in the rocks, boulders, foamy elderberry flowers and grassy tussocks, snaking lines, the sea. I made mental notes as I flicked through my photos.

I set my intention, to stick to the same simple colour palette and use my Northumberland photos as loose inspiration. Also I have a mantra when I paint this way which I learned from the artist Arnold Lowrey, it is “Repetition with variation”.

I knew if I was to keep this up without changing too much I would probably need to try different composition structures so I refreshed my memory.

I chose a simple colour scheme, Payne’s grey is my go to colour , the purple came from the heather in the landscape of Northumberland, a couple of inktense sticks and a few pens and inks were all I would need.

Number 1.

I thought I would keep things simple for the first one, circles with ring marks, but once I got into it my rings became spirals, which I love to use in my work.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 2.

This time I went for a more in depth painting. I like the end result and I enjoyed the process. I  subconsciously called upon images in my mind that I wasn’t aware of until I stepped back from painting.

Series of nine challenge

Number 3.

Now I was having to think how to change things up, I chose a different composition. I struggled with this painting, my interest was starting to ebb, maybe series of 3 is more my thing.

Series of nine challenge

Number 4.

I wasn’t sure where to go next, should I add another colour? I decided not to, I went back to circles / blobby composition to give myself some breathing space.Series of nine painting challenge

Number 5.

I had another look at my photos, some of the carved rocks had channels , these reminded me of a technique from Laura Horn Art classes that I had taken not so long ago. I’m not sure if this painting hangs together, maybe a square mount would be better.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 6.

I’m getting bored with the colour scheme now maybe it’s time to introduce a touch of yellow ochre, back to the circles to try it out.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 7.

I chose a calming linear composition for this one.

Series of nine painting challengeNumber 8.

When we climbed Simonside there was a place where a rock was just hanging there between the huge boulders.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 9.

I finally got there, to finish I couldn’t resist some stacked pebbles of Millstone grit.

Series of nine painting challenge

Here’s my series of nine all together, now I need some titles, if anyone has suggestions how to name a painting I would appreciate it .

Series of nine painting challenge

Which one is your favourite painting?

 

 

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10 Responses to Series Of Nine Painting Challenge

  1. Laney says:

    I love number 8, that is by far my favourite of this series you have done. The first word that came into my head when I saw it was ‘balance’.

  2. Jill Varga says:

    Naming a painting is simple if you think of a base word which applies to your experience ie tranquil.
    Then look in a Thesaurus for all the words that can be used to express this word. I have used this system quite often to name my Porcelain painting exhibited in Art Shows. Hope this is helpful.

  3. Rena Solis says:

    The calming linear composition does just that. Relaxes me as I gaze at it

  4. Helen says:

    I love number 6 – the colour combination just does it for me, combined with the varying patterns within the circles. They remind me of petri dishes from my days as a biology undergraduate! But that wouldn’t be a good title 🤣 There’s something appealingly organic about it though 😃

  5. alycat55 says:

    Beautiful, muted colors in this challenge! I love them all, no faves :). As far as naming, I’d need to ruminate on that. Alysen

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