Hello and goodbye!
Just a quick update to confirm that I am still in the land of painting. With impending deadlines, and other commitments, it is a bit of struggle to fit in regular posts and also actually undertake any art work at the minute. I was working on the 'Flutter' painting over the weekend and it has progressed from this:
There is still more work to do. I never have a fixed idea of what a painting will look like when I start working on it, meaning that the canvases evolve intuitively, ideas being generated organically as the layers of paint are built-up. I currently have the following in mind to resolve this painting, but this is not a defined plan and may indeed change:
Continue to work on the body and wings of the butterfly to define shape, colour and form
Work on the small leaf near the top centre of the canvas to redefine the shape and form
Investigate the possibility of stylising the other larger green leaf at the top of the canvas as a lead in the heavily stylised flower pattern
Work on the large blue flower to the right of the canvas to add a greater sense of tonal contrast and depth
Generally tidy up and pull the image together by defining background details and creating stronger tonal contrasts.
Plenty to be getting on with then...