Thursday, December 03, 2009

Landscape Echoes Series, Semi-Abstract Landscapes, Jan Blencowe

Landscape Echoes no. 1 acrylic on panel
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Yesterday's post piqued the interest of some of you and I received requests to show and explain more of my Landscape Echoes Series of semi-abstract landscape paintings.Above is the very first one in the series.

This is Landscape Echoes no.6 If you know the rest of my more traditional tonalist and impressionist paintings I think you can see the resemblance in color palette. In fact I use the exact same colors in these as I do in the other paintings.

This one is Landscape Echoes no. 9 aka Winter Bay. I start these paintings the same way as my more traditional works with a brush and transparent red oxide to lay in an underpainting of large shapes.

This one is Landscape Echoes no. 15 The biggest difference is when I go to color, I paint using only a palette knife to create thick, delicious color passages and textures. I know some of you will prefer my regular landscapes but for some of you this is just your cup of tea!

Personally, I find that working more abstractly has so many benefits: focusing on large areas of color masses, loosening up, exploring texture and it's role in an image, a focus on design, and it's also a way to elevate  expression something that may be reigned in a little more in developed paintings.

Whenever I am dissatisfied with my work, fell uninspired, boxed in and dull with what I'm painting I know it's time to broaden my repetoir with some abstract works. 

You can check out the whole series here.


AutumnLeaves said...

Each of these are exquisite! How easy to get lost within each piece...

Suzanne McLean said...

How wonderful, Jan. I love these! I love the movement and the wildness of paint application. They are definately my cup of tea.

I find I do a similar thing after painting so many paintings so carefully. It's fun to see what transpires.

becky joy said...

Wonderful paint application, as always.

Jan Blencowe said...

Autumn Leaves,

Thank you very much! I can get lost in them while painting them. There's something alomst hypnotic about spreading around thick wonderfully colored paint. ~Jan

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Suzanne, I'm delighted that you liked these. They are best enjoyed with a cup of tea :-) Jan

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Becky Joy,

Congratulations on being selected for the Bucks County Gallery show via the Facebook Autumn Challenge, well deserved! ~Jan