as mentioned in my previous post Making a Mark, I’ve been concentrating on developing my own visual language with a series of small mixed media pieces on paper. I’m quite pleased with these three and I’m going to keep at it, because hopefully it will bring a new dimension to my paintings.
I’ve been using a fairly limited acrylic paint palette of Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Prussian Blue, which I’m finding very fresh and satisfying just now. I haven’t used Burnt Umber much before, finding it a little red, usually preferring Raw Umber. The scribbled marks are mainly NeoColour watercolour pastels… I prefer their soft smudginess to oil pastels, and get around their solubility with a fixing spray of Matt acrylic medium. There’s also some lovely sludgy burgundy Inktense stick in there too and ink stained tissue.
Although intentionally abstract, I did have in mind the salt marshes, creeks and staithes of the north Norfolk coast, where I often walk and sketch.