Susan Wellington ‘Winter Landscape for You’ 20 x 50cm Oil on Canvas 2011
I’m finishing up with this series of small landscape paintings. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience that’s for sure. Walking, drawing, photographing in the forest most days. I tried to paint something that encapsulates the energy and the spirit of the landscape in Sweden. Something of the preciousness of jewels. I think I achieved that in a few. The paintings have evolved to become more and more abstract to the point where my new paintings will be abstract I think. And much bigger. I’ve still got a couple to finish off though. You can take a look at more of this series here.
In this painting I was really concerned about trying to get an energy and atmosphere of clarity and freshness through colour. Colour fields. Not the effects of the sun’s light. But a kind of all over brilliance.The trees are slightly comical. A little awkward like waiting guests at a party. Not quite all there.
‘Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.’
Henry Ward Beecher