visual language …

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. 

abstract 1. Mari French 2014

abstract 1. Mari French 2014

 

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.

abstract 2. Mari French 2014

abstract 2. Mari French 2014

 

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.

abstract 3. Mari French 2014

abstract 3. Mari French 2014

 

9 thoughts on “visual language …

  1. really lovely and exciting images – there’s movement and balance because of the limited palette – look forward to seeing more

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