This is the oil painting I've been toiling over - well, sometimes toiling and sometimes not. I intended for it to be an abstract sort of landscape, using a photo of a river scene as a base, but I wanted it to not be obviously representative, but to suggest a mood, movement, events possible or pending or past... [oil on canvas 102 x 50 cm]
First I laid down colour glazes, vague shapes. Please note this is not a 'how to' lesson - This is me fumbling around in the world of oils
The second stage is closest to the original reference and it reads as hills, sky, water, reeds etc, which I wanted to subdue,
so I turned it upside down to work on further. I like the way the reeds now look more like flames
The trouble is when to stop with this - I think I could go on endlessly painting, layering, scraping and scumbling and it could metamorphose into something completely different. I'm thinking now that the colours are too close to landscape colours - and too pretty. Hmm - shall I let rip with some cadmium orange..?
Gosh. The first version I uploaded of this image was in CMYK instead of RGB colour profile and this is how it appeared... one doesn't have to let rip, one can just fiddle endlessly with colour effects on the computer!