Saturday, January 20, 2007

updating websites and work in progress



I've been working on these seascapes - they aren't finished yet and it's a very bad photo I'm afraid but I'll post better images when they are finished.

I like these long thin images hung in groups of 3, 5 or 7 - looking across them adds the dimension of time - the weather changes, the tide comes in or goes out, night falls. It's a speeded up version of a year spent painting on the beaches.

They are about 48 ins tall but only 12/14ins wide on gallery wrap canvas - I make my own - well that's not quite true! My father and my husband make the stretchers to my specifications and I then stretch the canvas onto them.

Some of the underpainting is thin acrylics on raw canvas - that way I can get some watercolour-like marks. Then it's sealed and I continue with oil paint. These have been done with Griffin Alkyds for speed as they dry overnight.

I've also spent hours revamping and rewriting my site. Katherine gave me lots of good advice on what the search engines look for. From being top if I googled my name, the website slipped down over the last few months to page 6 of 10, because of all the links people have put on squidoo and stumble upon and similar sites - it's very flattering - but I want my own site to come out top on my own name! So here's hoping ....

So if you feel like taking a look it's on http://vivienblackburn.com

I've also created a page of interesting links to artists and photographers who interest me and friends. All worth looking at :)

Tomorrow London ....

5 comments:

Virginia Wieringa said...

Lovely- love those thin images side by side. Just enough of the feeling of the water but yet abstract.

vivien said...

thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Vivien, your new site is so beautiful: A celebration ofyour work.
One painting in particular brought tears to my eyes. Its the one with 2 large hills and the bright trees against the sky. You light a path for me. Your sea scapes helped me solve a problem I'm working on. They are rich. Love the format. Thank you so much for sharing your work and your site!

Anonymous said...

ps. love your new comment avatar

vivien said...

:) thank you Lindsay

The hills painting was a very big canvas... and the new avatar tiny work on paper,only about 5ins!