I've been a little quiet on the blog over the past week or so because:
1. I had to submit my Self Assessment / Tax Return by 31st January. It's done and I found all the paperwork, but boy do I need to overhaul my filing system. That particular joy is in progress...
2. I've been busy in the studio making an overdue return to the canvas paintings at last. Finally! It's been a long time, but I'm loving it. I'll write more about this below, but first I would like to show you this piece from a new series I'm in the process of working on...
Walking Through A Dream
Original painting in acrylic on linen canvas. 12x12" / 30x30cm
© Natasha Newton 2014 / Available here
Titled Walking Through A Dream, this series is inspired by thoughts and images of dream-like landscapes; a mixture of imagination and reality. I'm trying to loosen up my work a little, allowing the brushstrokes to show rather than blending, blending, blending all the time, and as you can see I'm finally getting there! I also knew I wanted to create slightly more minimal paintings, keeping the compositions very simple and uncluttered to allow the viewer to dream a little and perhaps project their thoughts or feelings on to the canvas too. I know that my paintings are already considered by some to be fairly minimal anyway (and that's correct in many respects) but I think / hope this collection of work will take it to a new level.
I've had so many failures when working on canvas recently, so it's wonderful to feel as if I'm at last making the work I've been trying to make for months. I've thrown away several paintings during this experimental period, when my brain wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted. Old habits are hard to break and things don't always move on as quickly as you'd like them to. But it seems as if it's sometimes necessary to go through periods like this; I'm starting to think that there truly is a time for everything, and sometimes the work / the situation / the project / the relationship / the whatever, will only happen when it is the right time for it to do so. Sometimes the desire is there but the time isn't right. But I'm beginning to see that for many things in my life, 2014 is exactly the right time.
By the way, I've added this piece to The Blackbird Sings shop - you can find it here.