Recently in a previous blog post I covered some suggestions for over coming Artists Block. Of course if you can its better to avoid it altogether. I find it so easy to unwittingly fall into a rut of producing ‘same old same old’ and before I know it my work has become stale and as a result I end up getting blocked.
As a preventative measure I remind myself to ‘mix it up’. I change my subject matter to include objects with different materials and textures. This poses new possibilities for composition and may in turn change the format of the picture plane I work on. Although I generally stick to a fairly limited palette taken from the six principal colours that I use being – Cadmium Red Light, Quinacridone Violet (or Permanent Rose), Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light and Hansa Yellow Light (or Winsor Yellow) Its refreshing to use something different from the five additional colours that I keep in my armoury being – Phthalocyanine Green, Phthalocyanine Blue (or Winsor Blue), Burn Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Raw Sienna (I use Titanium White but don’t count white as a colour) and it brings something fresh to my colour mixing.
Invariably these few simple changes lead to me altering my approach and thinking differently how I will meet the new challenges – as in the piece below:
One Green Bottle
10.5″ x 7.5″
Oil on Panel