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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I chose a calming linear composition for this one.
When we climbed Simonside there was a place where a rock was just hanging there between the huge boulders.
I finally got there, to finish I couldn’t resist some stacked pebbles of Millstone grit.
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 .
Which one is your favourite painting?