Monday, November 30, 2009

Work in Progress, A New Landscape and a POLL

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Here's what's currently on my easel, and its what's been on my easel for a couple of weeks now.  I am experimenting with some 19th century painting approaches and some new techinques that are meant to achieve that look using acrylic paints.  Along with that I'm using some new kinds of brush work and building many layers for a very rich paint surface. 

This has been slow going because of all the new techniques and because I changed my mind a lot as I went along.  I initially started this as a sunset painting, but I guess because I've done so many of those recently I was bored and cranky and didn't like what was happening. After several attempts to bring the sunset idea around I finally ditched it and completely changed the mood and feel by opting for a blue, sunny sky. 

I've been trying to dive into paintings with only the seed of an idea and work forward out of the ambiguity, and then solidify composition, theme and mood at a later stage based on what evolves from a very loose beginning. That's not a very easy to work but it does keep things challenging, organic and flowing. I'd been feeling that my work was becoming a bit predictable and too controlled so this was a good way to unravell the process a bit. It's also a little unnerving, and a gamble because a disaster is more likely.LOL! A little risk taking is good for shaking things up though!

As many of you know I have left the Daily Painters Gallery and now that that pressure to post a daily painting is off me I am ready to explore ways to provide more interesting and helpful content for you!  I know many of my readers are artists and so I'll be presenting some poll questions to you, to help me understand better what you would find interesting and beneficial. So if you would please just take a moment and answer this first poll questtion (above) I would really appreciate that!

If you're receiving this post in your inbox because you subscribe to The Poetic Landscape I don't think you'll actually see the poll in the e-mail. BUT if you click here you'll go right to the blog and you can vote!


Suzanne McLean said...

Hi Jan, How did you like being on Daily Painters ? I have been consdiering joining (if they'll have me). Was it a good career move? Did you get the exposure and the sales you expected from it? Would love some feedback if you have a minute.

Roxanne Steed said...

really LOVE what you've got started here in this one!!! It's a beauty already!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Suzanne,

I was with DP frm the very beginning. Back then "a painting a day" was new, novel and innovative and sales were very good, eventhough they were small $100 pieces. Exposure was VERY good and many wonderful opportunities came my way through being there, gallery representation for one.

In this bad economy things are tough all over and I think sales are slow everywhere. DP gets a lot of visitors each day, in the thousands,so your work will definitely get seen by many eyes and that can only be a good thing!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Roxanne,

Hope you're mending & feeling stronger!

This one is an axperiment and it might turn out to be a turning point in my work, we'll see.

I've worked some m more on it and now am probably 3/4 finished.

More progress pics soon!