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.

Artists and teachers Ingrid Lee and Turid Wassenius

Artists and teachers Ingrid Lee and Turid Wassenius

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.

 

Forget me not flowers

Forget me not flowers

 

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:

Ingrid Lee masterclasses in Sweden- painting etude of forget me nots in abstract expressionism

After drawing the basic line work for the forms and movement of the ideas, I start blocking in the under painting.

Ingrid Lee masterclasses in Sweden- painting etude of forget me nots in abstract expressionism

Next day, I demonstrated the techniques of working with drying retarder and acrylics and creating the next layers of the painting in abstract expressionism.

 

 

 

 

Ingrid Lee masterclasses in Sweden- painting etude of forget me nots in abstract expressionism

Day 2 layers complete....now waiting for it to dry

Ingrid Lee masterclasses in Sweden- painting etude of forget me nots in abstract expressionism

Adding the details....

Ingrid Lee masterclasses in Sweden- painting etude of forget me nots in abstract expressionism

All of the main ideas and details finished by Day 3...next to finish

The final painting and some close ups, which now resides in Sweden:

 

'With an open heart- forget me not' Ingrid Lee, 2014. 90/90cm acrylic on canvas, abstract expressionism. Sweden

'With an open heart- forget me not' Ingrid Lee, 2014. 90/90cm acrylic on canvas, abstract expressionism.

 

'With an open heart- forget me not' Ingrid Lee, 2014. 90/90cm acrylic on canvas, abstract expressionism. Close up

Close up 'With an open heart- forget me not' Ingrid Lee, 2014. 90/90cm acrylic on canvas, abstract expressionism.

'With an open heart- forget me not' Ingrid Lee, 2014. 90/90cm acrylic on canvas, abstract expressionism. close up

'With an open heart- forget me not' Ingrid Lee, 2014. 90/90cm acrylic on canvas, abstract expressionism. Close up

 

I will use a similar approach to this etude, for a larger series of works which I will start shortly.

 

Emotional Landscapes

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:

Ingrid Lee painting her etude during masterclasses in Sweden for expressionist seascapes.

Ingrid Lee painting her etude during masterclasses in Sweden for expressionist seascapes.


 

The final painting...on it's way to Norway.

Etude 'Swimming through frustration' Ingrid Lee, 2014 acrylic on canvas 70/70cm. Norway

Etude 'Swimming through frustration' Ingrid Lee, 2014 acrylic on canvas 70/70cm. Norway

Etude 'Swimming through frustration' Ingrid Lee, 2014 acrylic on canvas 70/70cm. Norway

The finished painting, Etude 'Swimming through frustration' Ingrid Lee, 2014 acrylic on canvas 70/70cm. Norway- to the left you can see my other etude.

Etude 'Swimming through frustration' Ingrid Lee, 2014 acrylic on canvas 70/70cm. Norway close up

close up Etude 'Swimming through frustration' Ingrid Lee, 2014 acrylic on canvas 70/70cm. 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?

If you follow my art, did you like my change in style for the first painting of forget-me-nots?  Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

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