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Going larger and more abstract

Cathy Durso - small drawings

The above image shows several of the small gouache/soft pastel studies I’ve made in the past few weeks. Many of these small pieces turned into pretty literal landscapes. I wasn’t planning that to begin with. I thought they would all be abstract, but I just couldn’t help seeing landscapes in them and running with it. I do like the landscapes, though I prefer to give a feeling of the landscape or nature, rather than literally depicting it. Here are a few more of the small works I completed before diving into some larger paintings:

Cathy Durso - small drawings

Cathy Durso - small drawings

Cathy Durso - small drawings

A couple weeks ago, I began to work on some paintings on 22×30 inch sheets of paper. Again, I didn’t have a plan for these when I started. I toyed with the idea of abstracted landscapes, and some of them started looking more literally like scenes from nature when I began:

Cathy Durso - large paintings

But I changed my mind, painted white acrylic over large sections of the paintings, and committed myself to fully explore abstraction.

Cathy Durso - large paintings

Cathy Durso - large paintings (detail)

Cathy Durso - large paintings

Cathy Durso - large paintings

It’s been a struggle to make these large pieces work. It was so easy with the small ones! These large pieces require much more time, many more revisions, and a lot more thought about the direction I want them to go. It’s not easy, but it is exciting.

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