Category Archives: Inspiration

Inspiring imagery

Advise

Today a colleague and fine artist Ian came to look at my work. I really respect his judgment and felt relieved and reassured to have some constructive feedback from him. The most interesting aspect of my work for him were … Continue reading

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Peter Lanyon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Lanyon-At-Edge-Landscape/dp/1901785041 Here are extracts from the above book about the Cornish landscape artist Peter Lanyon. I found many parallels with his work and thinking but also new ideas particularly about the landscape being in constant state of flux. Interested in … Continue reading

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Jules Olitski

Discovering the work of Jules Olitski has been truly inspirational and interesting to me for many reasons. The work is about colour and light. It has a haunting, ethereal luminosity achieved through the application of paint with a spray gun. … Continue reading

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Real clouds in the middle of a room

Artist suspends real clouds in the middle of the room. Such beautiful and ethereal imagery of a fleeting event. I like the surreal quality of the cloud placed inside a minimal room setting. the back lighting, strong red and celestial … Continue reading

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Anthony McCall: Column

I am very excited about seeing this amazing sight from across the Mersey when it eventually gets working. Here is some more information about the project from The Liverpool Daily Post “MERSEYSIDE’S £500,000 Cultural Olympiad legacy project should finally be … Continue reading

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Inspired Landscapes: Peter M. Hicks

Here is a wonderful short film of Peter Hicks talking about his work and showing his fascinating painting technique. I am particularly interested in hearing him comment on loosing control, what a terrifying experience this is but how allowing this … Continue reading

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ERIC CAHAN: Sky Series

Beautiful sky images – very inspirational http://ericcahan.com/portfolio/sky-series/ Several focal points define the work of New York-based artist Eric Cahan. Among them: light, specifically the light generated by the sun at sunrise and sunset, science, nature, and the ephemeral quality of … Continue reading

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Kenneth Noland: Materials

I came across this excellent and informative website whilst researching stain painting techniques. http://www.sharecom.ca/noland/materials.html The article covers many areas of interest to me:- The history and different properties of oil and acrylic paints. Why acrylic is the paint of choice … Continue reading

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September Sunshine

This weekend the weather has been beautifully sunny and warm. I have taken advantage of the last of the summer sun to spend a couple of days sketching and painting. On Saturday I spent a wonderfully serene morning observing the … Continue reading

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Stain painting technique

When thinking about my next step and how to work on my larger studio pieces I am considering the technique of stain painting. While researching I came across this useful film that clearly shows how to dilute the paint to … Continue reading

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Lilian Colbourn

I have been concentrating on enjoying my practical work over the summer, immersed in making many sketches on location. My problem is that I have been avoiding developing these sketches in the studio.  I feel rather lost at this point … Continue reading

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Back to my work

I have had a rather lengthy absence from my blog due to heavy work commitments. Firstly end of term marking and hanging of final exhibitions at the art school. After that there was mad last-minute organising to get the students … Continue reading

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Spurn Lighthouse

What a wonderful day! I visited one of the most atmospheric, strange and heavenly places on earth, Spurn Point. I was pleased to meet Alice Fox who has just started her 6 month artist in residence there. She is very … Continue reading

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Industry Sunset

Gazing at an awesome vista at the end of a lovely day and to make the evening complete a barn owl flew alongside the car for a few fleeting seconds, it was breathtaking.

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Northern Exposure: The Landscapes of David Milne

Northern Exposure: The Landscapes of David Milne. Thank you Venitian Red and Liz Hager for this very interesting post and for bringing the work of David Milne to my attention. “Feeling is the power that drives art. There doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Ways of working

“Each new work grows organically from the last one completed, the colours that surround him as he creates a new drawing based on the last finished work.” “The trance-like state he falls into when working allows his ideas to find … Continue reading

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David Blackburn: Pastel Landscapes

I came across this artist while reading the wonderful book “This Enchanted Isle” by Peter Woodcock.       Blackburn’s landscape work has a mysterious and other worldly feel.  I think this is due to his masterful handling of pastel, … Continue reading

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Luke Howard: The man who named clouds

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Sidney Nolan

I have just returned from a weekend in London. I made a pilgrimage to Tate Modern to see the Rothko room but was very disappointed that it is not on display at the moment. However all was not lost as … Continue reading

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List

In an attempt to get organised I have put together a reflective list of words which sum up my primary inspirations for practice and research. I hope that this will help me find more easily texts connecting to my practice … Continue reading

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“There is no formula, there are no rules. Let the picture lead you where you must go” “Tha Landscapes were in my arms as I did it. I didn’t realise all that I was doing. I was trying to get … Continue reading

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Stillness of the evening

The evening was so still as the sun set. There was no movement of the water and the moon was clear. The distant orange lights shone on the hazy river. The rich blue deepend as the coral pink faded, merging … Continue reading

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Paris

I have just returned from a visit to Paris. The first day was spent at Premier Vision, a textiles trade fair. This was interesting for professional updating as a textiles lecturer, but did not offer much stimulation for my MA practice. … Continue reading

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Brian Eno/John Cale

Lyrics to the track Spinning away Up on a hill, as the day dissolves With my pencil turning moments into line High above in the violet sky A silent silver plane – it draws a golden chain One by one, … Continue reading

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Len Tabner

Len Tabner is of interest because he lives and works in the east coast of Yorkshire and is concerned with capturing the atmosphere and weather conditions at different times of day and night. Click on the image to find out … Continue reading

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David Hockney iphone drawing

<a href=” “Bridlington Dawn” David Hockney lives in Bridlington on the coast about an hour from Hull. He has been focusing on painting the countryside around the Yorkshire Wolds on location and on a large scale. I saw this video of how … Continue reading

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Stone Creek: Sunrise

Wishing to catch the sunrise I drove to Stone Creek, which is the point on the north bank of the Humber nearest to Immingham on the south. It is very remote and I treasure the isolation.

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Janette Kerr

http://www.janettekerr.co.uk/ I love the work of this artist, Janette Kerr, found whilst searching meteorological drawings. She is interested in being an active participant in the landscape, particularly during wild weather and even at night. This is very inspiring and relates … Continue reading

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Andy Goldsworthy

“Looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins. The energy and space around a material are as important as the energy and space within. … Continue reading

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Heliographic Fabric Painting

http://www.handmadeology.com/fabric-painting-tutorial-sun-printing/ Informative website with clear instructions.

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River Humber Sunset

From Paull an incredible sunset and rainstorm over the south bank. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful view so near to home. The most beautiful purples, pinks and oranges and the huge sky completely dwarfed the distant … Continue reading

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Inspirational Drawings

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Andy Goldsworthy: Sheep paintings

A canvas laid down in a field underneath a sheep feeder, the mud on the sheep’s hooves make the marks, the empty circle left when the feeder is removed. Click on the image for an article from The Guardian about … Continue reading

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Andy Goldsworthy: Rain Shadow

A lovely short film of Andy Goldsworthy talking about creating artwork in and with the natural landscape. http://www.bbc.co.uk/emp/external/player.swf

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Cloud Viewing

Cloud viewing platform, Anderby Creek in Lincolnshire, UK Please click on image for more information.

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Folds: Simon Hantaї

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Folds: Andre-Pierre Arnal

Echos of the Turin shroud with x-ray like qualities. I am inspired by the glow and luminoscity. I have experimented with folding, interested in the fact that results can be rigid, producing grid like structures or random and organic.  

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Michael Wesley – Ultra long exposure photography

Found these ultra long exposure photographs by Michael Wesley of cityscapes very inspiring. They were taken over several years as the bulidings were constructed. Note the sun and moon trails sweeping across the sky.

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Suzan Woodruff

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William Tillyer

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John Virtue: London

<a href=”” title=”John Virtue”> Documentary showing John Virtue working on large scale monochrome paintings and drawing on location. It is of great interest to see how he tackles the enormous scale physicaly and hear how he approaches and interprets the … Continue reading

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Shibori

I wish to explore this process in my work. Shibori comes from the verb root “shiboru” – to wring squeeze or press, and would be used to describe wringing out the washing. The emphasis is upon the action performed on the … Continue reading

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Soft Urban Lights

 

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Random Oblique Strategies Online

Random Oblique Strategies Online. Oblique Strategies are a set of published cards (also now on line through this link) created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark which can be used to combat … Continue reading

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Glow ….. across the Humber to Immingham

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Abstract Expressionist Textiles

Here is a link to an excellent blog that concerning artists who approach expressive abstraction useing textile media. http://raggedclothcafe.com/2007/11/08/richard-diebenkorn-a-master-of-spatial-relationships/

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M62

The M62, bridges presenting strong horizontals and lines of huge power stations disappearing into the distance. External stimuli, places, objects and atmospheres which appeal to me

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Inspiration

                  Approaching storm over the Humber: This photograph, taken from the north bank, was the starting point of my fascination with this place and an interest in the sublime. The overwhelming power … Continue reading

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