Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Seascape in Progress

This is a small section of the new seascape that I'm working on.

I'm blogging this morning and listening to Chopin Nocturne no. 5 in F sharp Opus 15 no.2,  as I wait for an isolation coat to dry on my latest painting in progress. Patience is a virtue.

I am in the middle of many transitions right now and as a result I feel out of balance- like walking on a rocky shore when the rocks tilt and move beneath you as you take the next step and let your weigh rest on them. Growing,changing, and personal transformation are important to me and I always hope to be engaging in the unfolding of who I am as a person and as an artist.  However changes mean upheaval and challenges to what you are accustomed to and that brings with it both excitement and stress.

I am currently in the process of extricating myself from a business association that has hurt me in many, many ways. No need to ever stay in an unhealthy situation. I wish the break was quick and clean so I can put it all behind me but we are at the ratty, tail end with money of course being the sticking point. Sigh. 

So that is one transition. The second is more directly linked to my work, though I am fairly certain the turbulence in my own life right now is making its way into my paintings.

I am currently in a period of restlessness concerning the style of my paintings. Certain things and people are influencing me and I am undecided as to whether I want to submit to those influences or if I want to resist them. That's what's going on in my head, however the influences keep coming out on the canvas which makes me wonder if I really have any intellectual control over this process at all. LOL I strongly suspect that the Muse has her own ideas about things and bestows gifts as she sees fit not necessarily as I desire them.

I see my work over the past few paintings becoming more highly defined in terms of its realism and wonder if that is what I really want to be doing. As a counter to that I see myself again becoming interested in seascapes. This is partly fueled by my recent trip to Acadia. But I also know that you can't paint the sea from life because it is in constant motion and that you can't simply copy a photo of the sea because seascapes must be designed. They are composed of large swaths of canvas filled with extremely expressive abstract patterns of light, color and texture that when handled correctly and deftly designed give the impression of crashing surf and undulating oceans. 

I have very limited experience painting seascapes and that makes this transitional process scary, yet I am forging ahead.  I'm not sure how long this piece will take but as soon as I have something edifying to show you I will. Now back to the easel!


Joan said...

Wow, Jan, this is a beautiful painting already! I'm curious to know how much more there is to the canvas than what you've shown. I'm very eager to see what the finished piece will look like. Enjoy.

Thank you for sharing so openly your feelings about transition. Indeed, it is stressful. "Growing edges" always are. But the end result will be something new and vibrant, I'm sure. My transition from painting in oils to acrylics has been a challenge. The paintings I did on Monhegan last week are the result of a leap of faith in my ability to use acrylics skillfully. Thanks for getting me started with them in your February and March workshops. ~Joan

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Joan,

This detail is about 1/4 of the whole painting which is 24x24.

I was very impressed with your work from Monhegan, good luck with the CPAPS entry!

Change and growth is good, just working through some things. I'm interested to see where my paintings will go, because i don;t really know myself!