Imaginary Landscapes

September 29, 2011

110721ALandscape Left: Small landscape from July 2011. Read more about it below. (7.5 x 8 inch approx. page size.)

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.

Above: Additional imaginary landscapes. A small twister developed in the sketch on the right.

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.

Above: The last of the series of imaginary landscapes. I did put out a little fresh titanium white gouache to play with. Click on the image to view the enlargement.

    • Miss T
    • September 29, 2011

    Roz, I like these. I used to paint a lot of such imaginary landscapes — they’re a great way to play with paint.

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    I’m glad you didn’t journal on these pages. I think the blankness of the pages contributes to the visual of the landscapes. REALLY beautiful pages.

    • LizzieBo
    • September 29, 2011

    Oh what a fun change up. I’ve been engaged in a big project (YUCK) and just feeling dead headed at night. What a good possibility to play with – if not landscapes than imaginary …seascapes/cities. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Miss T, yes, playing with paint is my primary concern, as most evident in the final imaginary landscape (which actually reminds me of a place I used to train the girls.

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    Thanks Carol, It’s that weird push and pull in my journal between clean and crisp and cluttered. I’m basically a clean and crisp girl but lately I’ve been pushing myself the other way, so this felt right. And it reminds me that I don’t need words on every page!

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    Lizziebo, I don’t work much from my imagination at all, but it is something I have been doing this summer. It reminds me how much more closely I have to observe things when they are in front of me. How much more of a job is ahead of me. I like that.

    I hope you have some fun sketching from your imagination.

    • velma
    • September 30, 2011

    well, roz, these are just so fine. i really like them.

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    Thanks Velma for the encouragement. I am continuing my efforts to focus on the broader picture!

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    I would agree that working from one’s imagination means paying more attention when in reality (I don’t go to reality more often than necessary but for art it sometimes is, lol). I like your studies here and how you put them into your journal. They’ve become a rather serious study, an important one rather than just scattered all over with notes on them and everything.

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    Just playing catch-up and came across these – – I love them.

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