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Shake it up

Stuck in a rut?  then shake it up and try a different media

Whenever artistic block kicks in, I switch – to a different media.

This past month I have used watercolour, acrylics and drawing inks in the studio and outside on site

Each picture has given me ideas for my ongoing studio projects

I have then combined all the media in to ‘mixed media’; which has given me unexpected delights and really brought the playfulness and exploration back into the studio to enliven dull January days

And although each media is different, the thinking process is very similar for each picture, all sharing the common artists’ golden points of balance harmony, tonal values, hard edges and soft, saturated colour or de-saturated colour

‘Glimpses of Spring’ by Angela Corben. Watercolour and soft pastel on watercolour paper 31cm x 41 cm painted ‘en plein air’
‘Glimpses of Spring’ by Angela Corben
Watercolour and soft pastel on watercolour paper 31cm x 41 cm painted ‘en plein air’

Be guided by each subject on a case by case basis, as to the media to use to best capture the essence of the subject

For instance, fluid; soft translucent colours and fluidity suggest watercolour; blocky, bold shapes suggest acrylic or gouache, texture and shimmering light suggest pastels

Use your intuition and instinct to guide you

‘Maltese Harbour’ by Angela Corben Watercolour on watercolour paper 14cm x 20cm
‘Maltese Harbour’ by Angela Corben Watercolour on watercolour paper 14cm x 20cm

Everything in art is valued experience- and everything informs the other – so the more you are experienced across different media in different subjects the more your holistic knowledge of the subject will grow and this deeper understanding will lead you to exciting new works.

‘Amalfi Coastline’ by Angela Corben  Mixed media on acrylic paper 29cm x 42cm
‘Amalfi Coastline’ by Angela Corben 
Mixed media on acrylic paper 29cm x 42cm
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2 thoughts on “Shake it up

  1. What a lovely blog article Angela. And I absolutely agree, sometimes mixing it up can really fire you up for new work. I’m still an oil painter for all my “pro” work, yet playing with wet on wet techniques with acrylic inks, can bring some much needed freedom and energy. Super advice for anyone on their creative journey.

    1. Thank you Louise. Yes, as specialists in an artistic area we need to keep trying new ways of working ourselves.

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