The work is shifting. Like I said in the last post, the landscape is moving into non-objective work. Still very much about experience in nature though. Since I've come back I started a larger piece than I've worked on for a while. It still needs work. I keep looking at it and waiting for it to tell me what to do. Not very much I don't think. But those are famous last words. Here it is so far. It's 30 x 36".
Why this change? I don't feel that non-objective or abstract art is in any way better or more advanced than representation. I feel the representational work and this work are explorations that's all. I can say that I've felt the need for a some time to work more abstractly or non-objectively and had been going back and forth in the landscape work from more to less representational. The way was cleared to this way of working only recently.
Since I first learned to draw and paint and then went to art school I have only worked representationally for this past couple of years. It was my way back into painting when I felt lost. It was a way to start, a way to build my confidence again, a way to explore some things that I had put aside both in and after art school. Things like drawing from life, and paint handling and colour theory. But, I have always felt the need to work from the inside out. And in this work I'm doing that. Let's see where it goes. It's a dance this art making thing.
You can find some of my new work posted on my website now. Take a look.
Here is a painting I did at the very beginning of this change. It's a transition piece. I guess. It's 5 x 7" oil on paper.