Category Archives: January

Abstract Experiments

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.  Spending time with the family meant that I didn’t get much painting done but it is always a useful time to reflect and make plans for the year ahead.

I’m back at the easel and will be posting new work soon but in the meantime I hope you will indulge me rounding up here a selection of abstract paintings I made towards the end of last year. I posted them on my social media pages and forgot to post here.  Oops!

Inspired by the landscape of North Wales I experimented with the simplification of shapes and colour.  In the purple series further texture was added with the addition of paper collage.

Having had fun abstracting shapes from the landscape I went a step further and created a series of completely abstract paintings concentrating on texture and colour.  These are in mixed media (acrylic inks, acrylic paints and oil pastel) and I particularly enjoyed playing with the use of orange and blue (so-called complementary colours on the colour wheel).  The paintings are only small (each image measures 5″ x 5″) and the only photos I have of them show them framed up but you get the idea!

I’m not sure where I am going with these recent paintings but I guess that’s the fun of creating!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

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I am very much looking forward to a creative 2019 and many thanks for joining me on my journey!

Frosty Fields and Winter Sunrise

Frosty Fields and Winter Sunrise (12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board)

A fun experiment using cool and warm colours.  I can’t say I’ve used a combination of peach and mint green in the same painting before but I rather like it!

Pre-Selection for RI Exhibition

The Old Shed (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

I am thrilled that this painting has been pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (‘the RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London this April.  I won’t know until next month whether it makes the final selection but to have even got this far feels amazing!  Very many thanks to the selection panel and to those of you kind enough to support my work and offer encouragement.  I’ll keep you posted – fingers crossed!

Double-take

Here’s an experiment.  We all love a little quiz, don’t we?

I thought it would be fun to paint the same image twice but in two different media.  Each is about 8″ x 8″ and painted on board.  However one of them was painted in oil and the other in acrylic.  But which is which? And which do you prefer?  Is your preference based on colour or texture – or something else?

Scottish Pine and field wall

Scottish Pine and field wall (8 x 10" oil on board)

Scottish Pine and field wall (8 x 10″ oil on board)

Here’s thinking ahead to summer, some warmth and longer days! As I write this I am staring out of the window at freezing fog.  Brr!

Apologies to those who may have already seen this.  I posted it on my Facebook page the other day as part of a 7 day painting challenge and then realised I had not posted it here.

Mixed media experiments – Part 2

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

Following on from my last post, this is a similiar view but I decided not to use collage.  Instead I used my ‘usual’ mixed media kit – a combination of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic paints and acrylic inks. As before, though, I experimented with using a very limited palette of colours, exploiting the warm/cool contrast.  Interestingly the eye still reads the image (or maybe just my eyes do!) because the tones work.  A fun experiment anyway

Experimenting with collage

December. Frosty morning at The Groves (12" x 12" mixed media on mountboard)

December. Frosty morning at The Groves (12″ x 12″ mixed media on mountboard)

I’ve been experimenting a little with collage as part of a mixed media approach and combining this with a very limited palette of colours.  I very much admire the work of Mike Bernard RI  http://mikebernardri.com/ who paints landscapes in a semi-abstract style and uses collage extensively in combination with acrylic inks.

This image was inspired by the view I had a few weeks ago from the suspension bridge in Chester over the riverside known as ‘The Groves’. There had been a hard frost and what struck me was the contrast between the cool areas of frost and shadow and the warm areas hit by the early morning sun.  The challenge I set myself was to make the image sufficiently representational to ‘make sense’ but to deliberately avoid too much detail and exploit the contrast in colours and textures.  This painting had the kitchen sink thrown at it – collage, then acrylic inks and acrylic paint, applied by print roller, card, finger, palette knife and (occasionally) brush! And I only used four colours. I confess to finding the collage and ink combination very tricky and I am not sure if it is something I will repeat.  However the collage does add ‘something’ which I find quite interesting.

Vapour trails

Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8" x 8" acrylic on mountboard)

Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8″ x 8″ acrylic on mountboard)

My first post of 2017 after a busy Christmas break.  Happy New Year!

As I’ve been studio based recently I have been having fun experimenting with colour.  This small piece is the companion to a mixed media painting I made of roughly the same location and which I posted on Facebook and my other social media pages on New Year’s day (see below).

Late afternoon. Winter (8" x 8" mixed media on paper)

Late afternoon. Winter (8″ x 8″ mixed media on paper)

The challenge was to try to recreate the atmosphere of light fading on a bitterly cold Winter’s day.