working in series
a selection of recent aceo's of the coast. Vivien Blackburn
available at vivienb.etsy.com
Working in series
Katherine Tyrrell of Making a Mark http://makingamark.blogspot.com/ has written an article on artists working in series and is planning a series of trees.
I tend to work very much in series, with few one-offs. A huge series is on the coast and a grouping of recent aceo's on the subject is above
When working on a series it's important that you have ideas to work through. For me it's the changing light, time, seasons, colour and mood of a place and I really like to be able to revisit the same place in different lights and times.
Someone who works in huge series is Kurt Jackson - one project was to follow the river Thames from its sources to the sea, another followed the Tinners Way, a tin mining route across Cornwall, others looked at lighthouses, Cornish Estuaries ...... lots and lots of series! see them at http://www.kurtjackson.com/ Also look at the way he handles trees, they are wonderful - there is a book of his work Two Woods on - surprise - 2 local woods :>) Another is The Long Field, where he repeatedly visited a field near his home looking at it in many different ways.
- searching on the tag 'beach' on my blog brings up 31 posts http://vivienb.blogspot.com/search/label/beach
- coast finds 20 http://vivienb.blogspot.com/search/label/coast
- seascapes finds 66! http://vivienb.blogspot.com/search/label/seascapes
and there are a lot more on my website http://www.vivienblackburn.com/
(and prints for sale at www.vivienb.imagekind.com )!
Trees are interesting, they have characters like people, they are dynamic with their energetic powerful forms and the way they reach for the sky, they can be sculpted by the wind when near the coast into one-sided fantastic shapes. Their colours are so varied - so many shades of green - their trunks a myriad of colours but rarely brown! and then the autumn with its fiery colours.
Someone who did wonderful drawings of trees in the landscape - particularly in the Snowdonia area of Wales - was John Blockley, I have a beautiful book of his drawings and sketches done plein air with a lot of powerful drawings of trees, It's not a how-to book but a facsimile of his sketchbook.
Then of course there is the waterways series that needs working further on - it got held up this summer with family health problems but it's one I intend to continue. It was always going to be a slow burning long term project done between others.
And others that I revisit that aren't long series ....... yet! like feathers and flowers and local landscapes.
When working on a series it's important to have variety of scale, colour, ways of looking at the subject, composition, weather/time/season for landscape/seascapes, the lighting with still life/flowers. Change scale - look at close ups and distant views, get to really know your subject and look at how other artists have treated it - ones who work in a similar way to you and those who work very differently.You can see more series here:
A book of 40 pages with over 40 of my paintings: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/218005/?utm_source=badge&utm_medium=banner&utm_content=140x240
work for sale at vivienb.etsy.com
http://vivien.paintmap.com/ to see where paintings were done
and then there are prints at Imagekind - click on the link in the side panel to see more series - flowers, seascapes, cats, digital imagery .....
ooops! I meant to time this to post tomorrow and accidentally hit publish - so you get 2 posts today.