As I experimented with different materials, I fell in love with painting because of its limitless possibilities with colour, texture, and composition. Painting calms me down and allows me to relax as I intake the feeling of the paintbrush against the canvas and spill out my emotions through paint and colour.
'Romantic Landscape' — Carl Johan Fahlcrantz
Being my first ever oil painting, I was really happy with the result. The colours especially stood out to me as they have the beautiful warm hues of a sunset as it hides beneath the mountaintops and paints browns and reds into the sky. Romanticism landscape art was a big inspiration for me as it beautified nature but also displayed its power and mightiness.
I had to overcome many difficulties whilst painting this, such as learning how to mix oil paints, using linseed oil and turpentine for paint thinning, and varying paint brush size and type of bristles for different effects. I'm happy with the result and it was my starting point for painting.
'Field of the Cloth of Gold' — Anselm Kiefer
Early on into my "Death of Nature" project, I came across artist Anselm Kiefer and became very interested in his used of material in his oil paintings. I took inspiration from his series about straw and its golden colour, and recreated a painting using sticks, leaves, nut shells, and other woodland materials. I really enjoyed creating this piece as it utilised a lot of different materials and therefore created many textures that I hadn't used before in painting.