Oil on Linen
I haven’t posted for a while as I have been planning work for forthcoming exhibitions. Typically I spend most of this time working on compositions – experimenting with new ideas and different props for still lifes and drawing and painting thumbnail sketches of these over different picture plane formats.
If I am doing this for a daily painting it can become quite stressful as the emphasis is on completing a painting that day. I have spent many an anxiety-ridden lunchtime irritated by the fact after more than four hours of faffing about with an idea I haven’t come up with a pleasing composition, let alone finished a block-in to complete the painting in the afternoon.
When I take the emphasis on the end result away the process of composition becomes more enjoyable, adventurous and consequently more satisfying and creatively productive. And that is so important, because for me composition is the key creative element. Technical ability is of course admirable but without compositional nous what ends up on the canvas can be somewhat lacking. I have become a massive fan of Frank Brangwyn who in my opinion is a master of composition. Worth googling to see some of his work if you are interested.
. . . of course while I’m pondering and pottering there is no immediate financial return so I regularly have to hold my nerve and remind myself that I am simply deferring my gratification. In the end its stressful either way!
Number 20 in the Paintathon