Contrasts…


 

I’m sure I’m not alone in loving the landscapes of both the mountains and the coast; the soaring splendour of the peaks as opposed to the big skies, flatlands and somewhat bleak nature of some of our coastlines…Indeed, one of our favourite games of the ‘when we win the lottery’ scenario is deciding where we would move to…(a definite pipe dream as I rarely play the lottery…) But there’s something about these opposite landscapes, their elemental nature, that draws me to them both…Maybe it’s that realisation of how tiny and insignificant we are when in these landscapes, maybe it’s the feeling of isolation and wildness, that sense of freedom, or maybe it’s the contrasting shapes and colours….I just know that I could spend hours, days, months etc in both and never tire of looking…

….and ‘contrast’ is a word that aptly describes my work at the moment…I love mark making, getting my arm moving, flowing, gestural…

Carolyn J Roberts artist

….and experimenting with loose watercolour and ink washes…

Carolyn J Roberts artist

….but after my recent hiatus, I am returning to my creativity via my small, collage sketchbook… and finding that, in contrast to all the flowing, loose marks and washes, the collages I prefer are the more minimalist, starker pieces…

Carolyn J Roberts artist

 

 

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Carolyn J Roberts artist

…and the latest…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…all straight lines, or circles, black and white…(with a hint of colour)..

And I even began dabbling on paper, thinking of creating a small series…and these were even more on the minimalistic side…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I will continue with these and see how they develop…but will also continue with the watercolour and ink…maybe have another stab with acrylics…

I think as humans and artists we can appreciate differing landscapes and styles and ways of working, taking elements from each into our work to make it uniquely our own…

What differing things attract you…how do you incorporate them into your work?

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