Friday, December 29, 2006

digital images

I've been playing with digital variations on the paintings in the series so far. I find this often gives me ideas on ways forward in paint. The paintings won't be the same as the digital images but serve as ways of thinking ideas through and providing a new starting point.

With the abstracted paintings I have no definite idea of the finished result - it's a matter of putting down marks and aiming to create a feeling/mood/colour vibration/sense of movement etc Once the first marks are down then others relate to them - constant changes are made, colours and areas can change dramatically and the works take much longer to evolve than an observational study.

With a painting from direct observation so many things are 'given'. With an abstract there are so many decisions to make on the wing. I think it's like the difference between classical music and jazz.

Layers may be almost totally covered, leaving just scratches and fragments flickering through overpainting of shining through thin glazes of paint creating colours and effects that don't happen simply by putting down one layer of colour in an alla prima work.

Though the Impressionists claimed that their work was alla prima, subsequent analysis has shown that they worked further on their paintings in the studio finishing them often in this way.

I love the immediacy and speed of working plein air but in the studio it's possible to use layers in this way, adding to the visual language available. It's also possible to work on a much larger scale and with mixed media, which I really enjoy.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas

and

Happy New Year

to everyone

I won't have time to paint again until the New Year

I'm planning to go to the London Art Show in Islington at the end of January.

It's usually a great show with a real mix of work from the Chapman brothers (uuuuggggh!) to Beryl Cook (mmmm .... fun ..... but..... ) with lots of good contemporary stuff from all over the country. It's really interesting to see up and coming artists as well as the more established.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

oops I just deleted nice comments by mistake

sorry Lindsay - I just accidentally deleted your post instead of a spam one - thanks for the nice comments and sorry I deleted you! Tiredness? fried brain cells?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas Card



As I've been too busy with end of term/Christmas/family to do any painting, I thought I'd add this digital image I used for my Christmas cards.

It was created from a doodle in sketchbook, scanned and manipulated in Photoshop. The original was in charcoal pencil, watercolour and pastel pencil.

I was in Ikea earlier - oh those hideous 'paintings' printed onto canvas that they sell so cheaply. If only people would buy original art instead :(. I went with a half Swedish friend who was gleefully stocking up on Sil with Dill in the food hall on the way out.

I spent more than I should have - no Sil with Dill though :)