One of the things I struggle with is style. Are we tied to a style that we produce naturally or can we push ourselves to become something else? I love loose splashy, abstracted paintings but I always seem to end up with tiny brushes in my hand adding detail. Watercolour is allowing me to push myself to be a little looser though I am no where near where I want to be yet! Trying to work in a series and build up a good portfolio of work is something else I have been trying to do lately. I still dream of someday, maybe, being represented by a gallery. We all need to dream!
While I was in England for four months over the spring and early summer, I took lots of photos to use a references for work once I came home. I loved the dappled light created by the sun through the leaves of trees and the cast shadows. I have always struggled a little with trees and with green, so these paintings have really challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. Mixing blues with yellows and tube greens I created a colour sheet that gave me a real insight into the shades you can create. Green is no longer my enemy! Trees? Maybe I am getting to grips with those too!