Loose, free, colourful, impressionistic – thats how I love to paint landscapes. Using the Impressionistic approach I’ll use my hand, my brush, a colour to put my own personal interpretation of the subject into the paintings. I enjoy bold colour applied with confidence, something that looks like I was having fun!
I really don’t want my work to look as if I’d laboured over it, or been tortured to get it done. I constantly remind myself, that confidence will carry the day – even if some minor technical aspects may have gone astray. Impressionistic painting style suits me, is a much better fit to my personality. I’d be overly negative, full of angst, way too harsh with myself if I was…. a botanical artist, or had to do photorealism. My brother is very much a photorealist artist and he is quite happy to spend months on one image. That would drive me insane. He works in black and white, rarely in colour.
I love Colour! Impressionist Colour paintings in watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastels draw me in every time.
I find at times, that my love of colour can blind me to the need for tonal value balance as I paint away.
Then, of course I must resolve the tones when I do my assessments. Sometimes I don’t mind, especially if I’ve not been able to paint for awhile and I just need to let loose to paint and get it out of my system.
In other words, I work with, this tendency. I know it. I have strategies to try to prevent some of it from occurring. But, I accept it as part of me, who I am as an artist. I don’t get bogged down with critical, negative thoughts.
Instead, I think positive. Can I turn the accidents into assets? Which one of the 101 ways that I know can Resolve a painting shall I try this time?
I always feel more inspired, freer, more confident when I paint my landscapes with the Impressionist approach.