This is me trying out a ‘less is more’ loose style of impressionistic painting, basically imagining a simple landscape idea in my mind and putting it down on paper. It’s a sloping field of yellow and white flowers behind a fence, with a clump of trees in the background and a grass verge in the foreground – so far, so good.
But the trouble with drawing my initial inspiration from my dream world is that my painting remains unfinished because I got this far with it and don’t quite know where to go next. It’s a bit of a dilemma for me right now – if I’d used a reference image I’d probably know exactly where to go next, but I know I’d also have got all tied up in knots trying to make my painting look ‘correct’, and it wouldn’t have looked anything like this!
So for now I find myself with a growing collection of two types of landscape paintings – those taken from the real world (via reference image) that I’m dissatisfied with and often give up on because I try too hard and they tend to become over-worked and boring, or those taken wholly from my imagination that are often brighter and lighter and more dynamic and I like better on a creative front, but generally remain uncompleted because my imagination only takes me so far…
I’ll keep going with attempting both for now, though, in the hope that one day I’ll reach a happy medium where I can comfortably adapt and reduce reference images to suit my impressionistic imagination, and will also have created enough ‘realistic’ landscapes to know which extra details to add to those initial big-picture landscape ideas of my artistic mind… 🙂