Simon Bland

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by Simon Bland / May 5, 2017 / Seascape Sketch Study

Storming sea: an oil sketch by artist Simon Bland

 Storming sea (working title). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2017

A couple of weeks ago I listened to an interview with Kirstine Reiner Hansen on the Savvy Painter podcast. She talked about the need for all artists to set aside time to create things just for themselves, that is, to do work that is not intended to be seen by others. The idea is to give oneself the space to be able to develop and refine changes in style without the risk of public failure.

I have to admit that this resonated with me, so much so that I immediately decided to get to work on some ideas of my own; I had been wanting to take on more seascapes with an abstract approach and Kirstine's interview gave me all the impetus I needed to get started.

The result was the study above (it looks better if you squint).

What I'm trying to explore here is whether or not I can pull off this type of subject: 1. without a strong center of interest, and 2. without painstaking exposition of the detail.

In the end I'm not sure that I've found the answer to either of those questions, but I'm further down the path.

Detail of the painting shown above

Detail of the above painting

I realize that it's often not easy to see the textures in my paint on these blog images so this close-up gives a better idea of the way the paint is applied. Working on a small 8x10 panel made this rather difficult to pull off - I expect that this would be a good technique to use on a larger size canvas: a to-do for the summer.