ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES is a new series where I am exploring two worlds; the world of landscape painting and the world of abstraction.
The original idea for this series came from doing experiments with acrylic paints and dry brush technique at the beginning of this year. I was doing wonderful on-line lessons by Carla Sonheim and this technique was part of one of her class.
During my experiments I did a small painting of abstract landscape. I kept coming back to that painting, and before summer I realized that I would like to try this technique with new themes that might emerge from my summer travels. Traveling is an amazing inspiration for me. Being attacked by hundreds and thousands of new images makes me feel alive like nothing else. So as I traveled this summer with my family and as I was sketching here and there, soon it became obvious that the new theme will be landscape.
Summer is lovely time to dive into nature. And for an artist who loves to express herself in vivid colors it is even more true; rich greens of grass and trees, brightly colored carpets of meadows, warm yellows of corn fields and deep reds of poppy fields, cool blues of lakes and rivers reflecting clear skies, gentle pinks and pale blues of skies, long orange sunsets.
Most of the abstract landscapes paintings were created during last few summer weeks in a studio space I set up in our old cottage attic. My inspiration were sketches, photos and mental pictures of High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, Czech Sumava forests, and hills and villages of Central Bohemia called Brdy. The paintings are done on canvas, paper, and cardboard using Acrylic paints.