2006 was a watershed year for my painting. I worked a lot on different paintings, mostly in oils, with some realistic works yet with explorations of abstraction in landscapes. Late in the year was when it all came together following a course on "Free Style Painting" that showed me some of the techniques and critical thought processes that go into completely abstract, "ad hoc" painting. I have been pursuing painting in this direction with some success, I think.
In December I took a two day course from Erik Visser that he called "Free Style Painting" in what I would call an abstract expressionist genre. This was the founding spark for my present direction in painting. I found the experience to be enlightening, enlivening and thoroughly enjoyable. It allowed for as much creativity as you could muster with the excitement of creating a painting from a totally blank canvas with no real concept of where it was going, and with no rules as to how to get there. Awesome! Highly recommended.
24x24, acrylic on canvas. $260.00
This was my first painting with Eric and so I actually had a concept when I started of a lake, or marsh. People at my office thought it looked like Lake Wabamun after an oil spill, ergo, the name.
24x24, acrylic on canvas. SOLD.
Again the folks in my office thought up the concept of what this looked like, a very bad day driving in winter. So, it had to be a "Blue Monday". The white line through it helps to push everything else to the background.
24x24, acrylic on canvas. SOLD
The final painting in Erik's course, I was experimenting with heavy texture when he suggesting simply wiping the palette knife through a bunch of the built up textures with a swirling movement. Again, the white spatter across it pushes the rest further back into the painting. Amazing results! Some people see an Indian in a head dress, others butterflies, I see a nebula. I liked how the white and yellow spatters pushed the other paints into the background.
24x24, acrylic on canvas. Gifted to a wonderful co-worker.
This was the third painting with Erik, he encouraged us to use everything we had available to move the paint, including banging it on the floor. Not having a preconceived concept of the painting prior to starting makes it somewhat difficult to name them. However, the people in my office insisted this looked like a flower garden, so I provided a name reminiscent of flowers, but not quite.