NEW ART IDEAS TO EXPERIMENT WITH

Autumn has really kicked in here in The Netherlands and that’s always the moment I get all these new art ideas to experiment with! In the short video below I tell you about them and I show you all my new sketches:

New art ideas to experiment with!

CURRENTLY WORKING ON: COLOUR STUDIES

I am currently working on my extra small colour studies in oil pastel. I started them because I really liked experimenting with this new medium. And because I wanted to try out different colour schemes in a low profile way. By cutting up old oil paintings on paper I created A5 sized ‘primed’ oil pastel paper to work on. My approach is to make four different colour studies of one composition. The compositions I’ve made are inspired by my trip to Morocco in 2016 and the film The Best Exotic Marigold hotel.

Another idea behind these extra small colour studies was that I could find out what colours I use all the time and what colours I use rarely. The reason I wanted to find out was because I knew I want to switch to more expensive oil pastels in the future. And by finding out what colours suit me I can buy them more mindfully.

But while I was working on these small studies new art ideas crept into my mind. I wanted to work on larger works again! Let me tell you: that’s the best feeling ever!

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Small colour studies
new art ideas extra small colour studies by the fran visual artist
Oil pastels on primed paper, A5
new art ideas extra small colour studies by the fran visual artist
One composition in different colour schemes

NEW ART IDEAS: SHETLAND PAINTINGS

The first new art idea came to me while watching Shetland, the BBC television series about D.I. Jimmy Perez on Shetland. I was totally enthralled by it (‘by him’ should be a statement a little closer to the truth, but hey, I am running an art business here, not an online dating website…). The seascapes, rock formations, island views from the sea. All those views were just breathtakingly beautiful.

And even though I am not a very big fan of great landscape or seascape paintings (…. work being the exception) I wanted nothing more than to paint them. So I started sketching while watching and I came up with a couple of ideas.

You can see the sketches in the video!

NEW ART IDEAS: ‘COSY CORNERS’

This idea actually isn’t as new as the other ones. I have been dreaming of painting ‘cosy corners’ since the worldwide pandemic. Maybe because we were forced to stay home, maybe because I wanted to show my love for those places in my own home. Sitting next to a window, underneath a large plant, watching the weather and the trees outside is my kind of happiness.

But back in March I didn’t think it original enough. I am always influenced by Henri Matisse, but this idea felt like straight from his mind or something. But it’s September now and the idea is still creeping back into my head every week. So I decided to surrender. Cosy corners, here I come!

Some base layers in oil
A3 sized backgrounds
Oil paint thinned with white spirit

NEW ART IDEAS: KITCHEN CORNERS WITH FOOD

Another idea, closely linked to those cosy corners is my wish to paint a series of kitchen corners with food. I have always had a fetish for food (I once had a food blog for about 3 years). I really love good food photography. So when I started scrolling through the old pictures I took for my food blog I was like: this is a goldmine!

So this is also definitely happening: a series of kitchen corners with cabinets, kitchen tables, jars with marmalade, home made lemonade and piles of pancakes! Can’t wait to paint these!

The first fifteen backgrounds on my studio floor. I’ve made 12 more since then but I don’t have any pictures yet.

AND NOW WHAT?

It’s been a while since I had this many ideas for new paintings! So I got a little bit confused about how to act… Bob said: just go with the flow. Work on all those ideas at once and let the work guide you. There is no deadline, there are no expectations. Just immerse yourself and enjoy it. Good advice. To be continued!

FOLLOW MY PROGRESS

In the meantime you can follow my progress on Instagram @art.bythefran or on my YouTube Channel The Fran Zone.

SILVER FIR DESIGN

The Silver Fir design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

Silver Fir design

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The Silver Fir design represents Asia, but you will find firs all over the world. And firs are typical Christmas trees. And although this is definitely an autumn painting and pattern it also reminds me of a Christmas tree full of lights in different colours.

So if you’re into Christmas and love the art of decorating, giving presents or dressing up for your Christmas dinner, then this is definitely your go-to design.

silver fir design 2019 the fran zone hortus by night collection

Silver Fir cashmere scarf

The scarf looks lit with purple, lime and coral. It’s sparkling energy at its best!

And if you’re into wearing black for the holidays it’s a total winner to add to your outfit. Just put on some shiny lipstick and you’re good to go!

Order now please note: due to high demand the Silver Fir scarf is currently out of stock. It will be available again in January 2020.

Silver Fir satin cushions

Just think of this one underneath the Christmas tree. Do I need to say more. I didn’t think so 😉

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But, if you happen to be a notorious Christmas hater (because of reasons): don’t you worry!
 
Because like I said: Silver Fir does autumn as well as it does Christmas. The design will just adjust to your liking! And on top of that you will support the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam by building their new Three Climate Glasshouse. Learn more