You wouldn't believe how hard I find this more abstract method of painting. I come from a realistic style which has never satisfied me. Last week I decided, yet again, to stop letting the paint imitate things and just let it be itself. This is the result... what you can see trees?? feels like a woodland?? lmao! see I just can't stay away from turning it into something. There were 5 different incarnations, all looking completely different (sorry no photos were taken) on this one canvas. Painting out, re-painting, over painting, under painting, high lighting and low lighting, covering it all over and wiping it all off. Gradually I started to keep bits I liked but the more I kept the more crutial was the next stroke. The pressure was unbearable so I obliterated it all again. Only at the final stages after blocking out much of the surround did I allow some realistic elements to finally push through.
One thing that I'm pleased with is that I've enjoyed playing with the paint like I enjoy throwing down fabric compositions and stitching into them. Maybe I'm getting to explore this medium now rather than trying to reproduce a scene with paint. One of the most vunerable things I've done in a long time and is very hard to stay true to the puropse and stick with "not painting".