For the past several years I took part in a group holiday online show. Over 40 artists and multiple paintings from every artist = Lots of art to scroll thru for the viewer. That has pros and cons. This year I thought I’d branch out on my own. It’s always good to compare and contrast…try different things. I decided on two new series that I’ll launch in a Holiday email campaign starting Nov. 28th. The paintings will also be released to social media 48 hours after my loyal subscribers have that exclusive 1st look at them. Seemed do-able, so I got to work planning more details and painting. I decided on urban plein air (of course :)) and urban abstracts. Since weather was nice and the plein air was my wheelhouse, they were first on my to-do list although when I got 3 or 4 completed, I started my abstracts since they take more time and layering. I also decided on a standard size for both series so pricing was simple and affordable, for everyone! Approaching the plein air was straight forward, especially since I just spent my summer doing just that - painting urban plein air. It helps that I enjoy doing that so much AND that the fall colors were coming into play. That gave me a little different palette to play with, which was fun but it also reminded me that my plein air season is definitely coming to a close, so I tried to enjoy these last little paintings of my 2021 season as much as possible.
For the Urban Abstracts I decided a theme would be helpful. I picked one of my older plein air paintings and used that as inspiration. I start out doing lots of very small, quick studies. From there I pick something I like and then work from that to start my 6" x 6" paintings. Usually as I begin, things will look a bit recognizable. As I work on more of the studies and “loosen up” I get more abstract, more playful. It’s definitely a process for me. Coming off of my plein air season where I’m painting what I see, abstraction takes a bit more time…more layers,more passes and decisions. The one minute video below is sped up greatly and both of these are part of the series I'll be releasing. I can tell you that neither of these were complete at this stage!
Plein air painting used to Inspire Holiday Urban Abstract series
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