Sometimes I have a clear direction of what I am going to do with my painting such as the maxi mix paintings. On other occasions such as the painting pictured above, I have no goal in mind but just paint almost on instinct. Every so often this works out well with a striking and interesting painting such as the Ostrich Egg.
Most of the time while the instictive paintings give rise to some interesting effects or ideas that I can use elsewhere I usually find them less satisfying to do and am less pleased with the results. From this one, the composition is a little weak. I like the contrast of the red on the yellow but the main thing I have taken from this is the windblown effect, using a fan brush. It is a usefull way of capturing movement or out of focus which I will probably build into something else in future.
Do you find a planned painting is more effective? I'd be interested to know.
William John Mackenzie
I am an artist with a specialism in landscapes and still life. My contact details are here.