Getting out of my comfort zone.

Up until I started at university I had barely touched a pallet knife, except when I wanted to create texture. But I’m a control freak when it comes to my paintings, I obsess over detail. That’s fine if you’ve got all the time in the world to finish a painting, but in uni, you don’t have months to do one painting!

It was the day of my ‘happy accident’, just after we had a workshop with a pallet knife and I had all that left-over grey paint! Well, to cut a short story even shorter, my tutor suggested using a pallet knife for my next painting. That way I wouldn’t be able to obsess with tiny little details using tiny little brushes!

Another first for me was painting on a canvas. Before uni, I had always painted on paper only, now I’m using boards and canvasses. Okay they may be small ones but it’s a start! And the results? Here they are….

Both paintings are done with acrylic on 12″ square canvasses.

The green bowl I am really happy with. I love the colour and am pleased with the texture of the bowl. The broken pot was not planned to be as it is, and my control freak doesn’t like it! It was incomplete when I took it to a group critique session. It was meant to be a cream and blue miniature Chinese bowl but everyone said they liked it as it was and that I should leave it alone. So my tutor said just to add the shadows and leave it. But to me it will always look incomplete. My inner control freak doesn’t like unfinished pieces. But there is one thing I am learning from my time at university, that each painting is a learning experience and it’s not always the end result but what you learn in the process. Now if I can get my inner control freak to get that, I would be much more relaxed with my work!

Published by Tracy J Hughes

English artist living and working in Wales. A BA and MA Fine Art graduate from Aberystwyth University. Working in acrylic paint and coloured pencil creating still lifes and beach scenes.

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