Making marks in studio and out

Shadow Dance, acrylic on canvas by Angela SaxonHere is the 36 x 48 painting I’ve been working on from those winter plein air gouache paintings in the last post. I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at the marks that I make on the plein air studies; they are mostly intuitive, responsive marks that don’t have a specific intention behind them when I make them. They are a reaction, and working outside they usually are made with some speed. But when I’m in the studio painting, I slow down a bit and the marks become more deliberate. Thinking a lot lately about that difference.

For now this is titled ‘Shadow Dance’ but not sure it’s spot on….

And here’s a photo of the finished gouache plein air painting, and the start of the big painting in studio.

Shadow Dance in Progress, Angela Saxon paintings