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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!

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Rainy Day London

River Thames in London.  Rainy Winter afternoon.  South Bank

Rainy Winter Afternoon. South Bank from The Thames (30cm x 30cm acrylic inks and acrylic on paper)

I don’t often paint cityscapes  but was inspired to do so this time after a February trip to London to deliver my painting to the Mall Galleries in preparation for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition.

The weather was exceptionally wet.  After trudging down the Mall followed by pizza to warm up (!) we decided to take a river trip up the Thames towards Tower Bridge.  Visibility was fairly poor but, oddly, that added to the quality of the experience.  The resulting painting is really a tonal one interspersed with the occasional spot of colour. I was interested in trying to recreate the dampness of the day and the flat light.  Watercolour might have been the obvious choice but I decided to give it a go in acrylic inks on quite a textured watercolour paper.  Somehow it seems rather calming….

Bringing the outside in

California Poppy (6″ x 8″ oil on board)

I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks.  They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark.  It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!

The Red Buoy

The Red Buoy (daily painting) (6" x 6")

The Red Buoy (daily painting) (6″ x 6″)

One of the advantages of daily painting is the opportunity to experiment. I can try something new each time I paint.  Quite often I paint on a board that I have pre-tinted.  It helps to unify the image and means that I am not confronted at the outset with the terror of a white canvas!  I deliberately experimented here with painting on a board which I tinted a strong orange colour.  When it came to painting the trees and their reflections I did this by ‘negatively painting’ the sky/water around them.  I rather like the effect.  The trees are stylized and the orange and blue play off against each other. Fun!