During my masterclasses in Sweden, I painted two etudes during my demonstrations of acrylic painting techniques in abstract expressionism. The first painting was an expression about my first experiences of Sweden and meeting my wonderful friend and artist Turid Wassenius. Turid made me feel very welcomed in her home, and her hospitality, generosity and kindness were heartfelt. Both she and her husband Tomas ensured I got a little taste of Sweden- even watching ice hockey 😉 during my visit.
As soon as I entered my room, I was greeted by this beautiful vase filled with forget-me-nots, which was a very sweet and welcoming gesture, and made me feel at home....and so the inspiration began.
The first masterclass was Express you soul through paint, and my experiences of Sweden and Turid were those which I explored in this etude. It was a challenge to work with paints and a palette of colours which are not familiar to me. I wanted to keep true to the greyed down colours which were used to colour the houses in Sweden, and the natural landscape; keeping the overall feel soft and feminine, showing the kindness of the beautiful Turid. The light is different in Sweden, compared to Australia- so it all looks different and has a different feel. This etude uses forms of forget me nots, but mainly as suggestions, choosing those elements of shape and line, and colour which best represent these sweet little flowers.
Here are some photos of this etude as it developed:
The final painting and some close ups, which now resides in Sweden:
I will use a similar approach to this etude, for a larger series of works which I will start shortly.
This painting, which now lives in Norway, was created during the course Emotional landscapes. I asked Turid to choose the emotion for the expression in my painting which was 'frustration,' and the colour scheme and brush work was to be high drama expressed through a seascape (this was the focus for the student's work too). Here are the pics:
The final painting...on it's way to Norway.
The next part of my journey was in Russia for a few weeks, please check back in a few days for those stories, either here or on the fan page.
How do you deal with changing your palette or techniques when painting in another environment?
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