Henri Matisse said "An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation or prisoner of success".
I find it hard to change, and after many years of painting, had begun to feel a little like a prisoner of my own well-established painting habits......so I have taken a few leaps sideways.
I am currently using alternative mediums instead of paints or pastels. I use powdered glass to create drawings and images .....enamel powders, which are glass, were used to create this landscape on a sheet of copper. I have to sprinkle the powder onto the surface of the copper, and move it around to create shapes. I have had to learn how the material will react to both metal, and kiln. Some enamels are opaque, others transparent. Seconds make all the difference inside the kiln. Lots of unusual things can happen! But that makes it all really fascinating. I call this image "Melting off". As you can see, there is a great deal of simplification going on here...a lot is left to the viewer's imagination........and after many trips to the kiln, I have ended up with a form of semi-figurative image - or semi-abstract if you like, looking much like a painting: