The APR Challenge from Jenn at Artist's Play Room this week is FLIGHT. As soon as I saw the title my mind went blank, because last week's challenge for Collage Obsession was 'I Can Fly'. So no new ideas came to mind.
Today's Art Tip: When in doubt, paint an abstract. So I got out the acrylics and decided to let my paintbrush take the lead and see what happened. This is what my hand and the paintbrush obligingly produced:
'Flight' - Acrylic on paper Jez
I don't think I would have produced this if I had applied conscious thought to the painting.
I would say it's 'not my style', but Dev often tells me that 'my style' is not to have a style, but always producing something different, yet recognisably mine. I think that's a compliment.
To me the painting gives the feeling of the birds flying home - into darkness!! Creepy.
As so often happens, I took the image into Photoshop to play around with colour changes. This red version has something, but it doesn't work for me.
I learn a lot about colour and what does work for me and what doesn't by making colour changes in Photoshop, and it's interesting how the change of colour also changes the 'story'. I know an abstract is an abstract, but so often it's a case of 'Every picture tells a story'.
This purple and blue version is a bit more interesting, and I like the combination of the purple and blue.
While I prefer the original colours, I do like this blue one. It makes me think that if the dark colours on the left were mainly white it would give the feeling that it was about the sea.
Which one do you prefer?