My work has seen a slight shift in following a plan and sticking with it, to veering off and trying something new. In addition the plan is scraped and thinking the work is either unfinished or I put a stop to it and calling it quits. Has put me in a place where I found myself in different waters. Meaning, do I continue on with the painting or start a new one. With this uncertainty of what to do next I press forward not knowing what the outcome is going to be, I then found myself again in different waters but with a more clear sight of what and how I can finished the painting. With this newly found perspective into creating my work I founded a great deal of satisfaction when not following a well laid out plan. That the idea of following the rules and breaking them has worked out for the better.
With my interest in abstract paintings along with landscape paintings, there are plenty of artist that come to mind and expressing an interests one particular artist is a tough task. I choose to look at the work of local area contemporary artist Andrew Rucklidge. With scenes of abstract mountains capes, terrain that looks futuristic in nature this is where Rucklidge seeks to employ the ambiguity of space and form. Rucklidge work is influence by the works of Sesshu and facets of the Sublime. This blurring the line between traditional landscape paintings to complete abstract paintings is an area I find very interesting. The idea I find very interesting when looking at Rucklidge’s work is the possible process in which how a painting of his could be started. As suggested Rucklidge’s paintings invoke the aesthetics of Romantic paintings and often take form of panoramic vistas. When viewing his work I get this sense of uncontrolled brushed marking in contrast to my own work, but yet again still get a sense of a controlled space. In areas of his paintings you can certainly make out forms and subject.
What I really like about his work is the contrast between light and dark, and in some areas there is a clear line of separation between shapes. Within Rucklidge’s paintings areas are clearly define by the way he uses color to make each subject more interesting to look at. His use of color and forms are presented in way to entice the viewer to engage in the painting and in guessing what they are looking at.