The first week of my January Painting Project - Part 1
This is my first painting finished on January 1st. Like all the work this week it is acrylic on birch plywood. In an ideal world I would be creating a painting a day but this being winter the days are really short! I have other commissions to produce for customers this week so I am accepting a daily painting isn't going to be possible but painting daily is. Which is the main goal!
To get back into painting on a regular basis I decided to concentrate on still life - objects that appeal to me and are to hand. I used to look at stylised paintings with flat bottomed cups and wonder why artists distorted what they saw when I was little.. but I always loved how that looked. My son laughed when he saw this because it looked wrong to him :) For me it's simply a way to paint something from two angles, it just looks more interesting and you aren't limited to exactly what you see. The background I imagined. One of the things I love about East Anglia are the skies and particularly the clouds. When I get around to painting some landscapes again you can expect to see more.
I have managed to prepare a few backgrounds to work on top of in the coming weeks too using a variety of acrylic colours, gesso and a textures acrylic ground by Golden paints. I usually only use water to dilute my paint but I have some soft Gel (semi-gloss) which is really useful to knock back brighter colours and yet not lose them completely. I will point out where I use that on future posts.
Happy painting! Let me know if you want to know anything about my process - I'd be happy to answer any questions here or here: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellabuckingham/