Imaginary LandscapesSeptember 29, 2011
One evening in July I had some extra gouache on a plate. I had been thinking of working on landscapes this summer but it was too rainy on my free days to go out and work plein air. The series of sketches in today's post are my late night response to that frustration.
All of the images were done on Mixed Media paper from a Strathmore journal. They were cut out and pasted into my daily journal, which happened at the time to have white Stonehenge for pages. (I began with a light painted rectangular boundary for each sketch, and trimmed them after they dried, within that boundary.)
The rectangles were cut by hand with a scissor after painting and so they aren't uniform.
I really abused the paper working on these. I made repeated washes and scrubbed with my fingers and with a paper towel. All five were created quickly in a 30-minute window of time before I packed up for the night.
When I pasted them into my journal the next morning I decided not to write anything on the journal pages. I did however write a short note on the first page following the series—points I wanted to remember about materials and impulse.
These miniature landscares are thumbnail sketches exploring what I don't know. And I love them for that. They tell me I have to spend more time not just looking at clouds, but painting clouds so that I can get their forms down. They remind me to look carefully at contrast. They encourage me to see out new pigment combinations or try more with the same ones. All of this feeds me a new goal and makes me very happy.