In my post last week about my identity as an artist and as a mother I spoke briefly about a sitting with my Bear and painting a few small minimal abstract landscapes. I thought I would share these with you today.
These two paintings feel like a turning point for me artistically. Painted automatically and purely for the process in acrylics these small paintings were a relief to paint after months of frustrating illustrative practice. These two landscapes are only really the first baby steps in my new artistic direction. I have since started work on a several works on paper and a large scale painting inspired by the same use of shapes but with further layering and detail. Bear has been helping me with them. I am allowing myself to be influenced by his childlike carefree nature to mark making, use of vibrant colour and his simplification of line and shape. It is lots of fun - I have been painting, sketching and crafting almost every day.