Category Archives: Research and Development

Evaluation: Research and Development Module

M.A. Visual Arts: Research and Development Module This module has taken me on a journey, helping me to develop my practice and understand more deeply theory and how my work relates to it. I initially was concerned with both the … Continue reading

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Why Distant Objects Please: William Hazlitt 1822

I feel a connection with this essay as it brings up many questions (and answers some) as to why I am constantly drawn to the distant views across the river. See extracts below. Essay: “Why Distant Objects Please” by William … Continue reading

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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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Spurn point Artist in Residence

I was delight to recieve a message from artist Alice Fox. She has just started a six month artist in residence on Spurn point. We seem to have much in common, textile processes and a love for the environment. I … Continue reading

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The Wave

When I came across this painting I nearly fell off my chair its impact was so powerful. “Two bands of equal height divide the space of the picture, the two parts separated by an absolutely straight line indicating the horizon. … 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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Drawings: The rain clouds

  I have been drawing again today as it was such dramatic weather. The steely grey rain clouds drifting across the south bank of the Humber while the sun was beaming down and huge white towering clouds billowed on the … Continue reading

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John Constable: Cloud Studies

Today, as the weather was particularly vile, I went to visit The Ferens Art Galley in Hull city centre. I went to look at maritime paintings and landscapes to see if anything in particular grabbed my attention. I know the … Continue reading

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Todays Results

I have spent a large part of the day producing new work and also reworking some pieces I produced last week to strengthen the compositions. This piece is on silk and over a metre long. I used the seaweed based manutex … Continue reading

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John Ruskin

John Ruskin, Modern Painters I, Of Truth of Skies 1843. I found a connection with Ruskin’s writing since I have been observing the sky in great detail and taking time to enjoy its fleeting  and unpredictable drama and beauty. “…there … Continue reading

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Easington: Digital Drawing

I completed this digital drawing using a limited colour palette to reflect the muddy river and the hazy skyline. I was trying to capture the effect of shadows racing across the river caused by the fast-moving clouds on this breezy … Continue reading

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Easington

It was supposed to rain heavily all day today but it was actually bright, sunny and breezy. I took the opportunity to go to a viewing spot at Easington, the last one before Spurn Point. It was far too windy … Continue reading

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Continuing practice

Today I carried on in the studio. I washed and worked over some pieces I did yesterday. This piece was a response to the pastel drawing I did the other week. I experimented with leaving creases in it making it … Continue reading

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Time to focus on practice

At long last I have the time and space to get totally immersed in my practical work. I spent time at college today setting up my workspace and staring on some silk pieces. This photo gives an idea of the … Continue reading

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Sketches: Paull Holme Strays

There was a beautiful sunset yesterday so I drove out to Paull Holme Strays. This place was created by the Environmental Agency as part of flood management scheme of the Humber and a very important area for wildlife habitats. There … Continue reading

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Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks , History c/o Science Photo Library

Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks , History c/o Science Photo Library. Thank you to the Science photo gallery (website above) for information about the artist William Ashcroft. I love these expressive paintings documenting the dramatic sunsets over London caused by the … Continue reading

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Curvature: Pastel

I had already had these shapes as an idea before I can across the pastels of David Blackburn but his work has given me the inspiration to realise them in a different format. The piece is quite large in scale … 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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Joan Mitchell

Another artist I came across during my visit to The Tate Modern was Joan Mitchell. I had never heard of her before. This is not the painting in the Tate collection but one was particularly drawn to while researching her. … Continue reading

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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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Curvature: Digital Drawing

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Pastel drawing: Cherry Cob Sands – Hot Spring Day

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Paintings from Inside Cars

“These images are born out of real experience and have a close relationship with the medium of painting: its fluidity, transparency, and capacity for layering, mixing, and blending.” Gregory Thielker http://www.gregorythielker.com/Under/unmindingsky.html This view through a rain-soaked car windshield is an … 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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Let the media take control

“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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Tutorial

7th March 2012 This was my first tutorial since I received feedback from the last module. We discussed how I already feel my proposal was far too confused and broad, and that my ideas have shifted; I am now much … 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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Ross Bleckner

I greatly admire the work of the artist Ross Bleckner. Although his theme of mortality is different to my own work,  I find a connection through the illusion of light he achieves. The illumination that shines out from his paintings promotes … Continue reading

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Skeffling Clays

I drove to a new viewing site today with great excitment as I thought I had visited them all already! This one is at Skeffling, I tiny village just befor Easington and Spurn Point. There is a remote viewing area … 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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Phone Drawings

Here are some digital sketches I did during the long train journey from Liverpool to Hull. The two below are responses to the majestic cooling towers of Drax power station looming out of the freezing mist amid the snow covered … Continue reading

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Raining: Night Lights

Painting with dyes on paper

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Sky above Clouds IV – Georgia O’Keeffe

Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe Sky Above Clouds IV, 1965 Oil on canvas – 243.8 x 731.5 cm (96 x 288 in.) This is one of a series of paintings by O’Keeffe when in her 70’s she took after her first ever … Continue reading

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Sample with folds

Sample using bleeding and folding on georgette silk/polyester fabric. The folded lines enhance the diaganal composition.

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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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Downburst

Two new pieces painted with procion dyes on large scale watercolour paper.

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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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Painting with dyes

Using dyes as watercolours for large scale work.

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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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Mud Dyeing

Click on the image to link to an excellent article by Judy Dominic in The Turkey Red Journal describing the process.

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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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Large Bright Blue, Color Etching 1980 – Richard Diebenkorn

Large Bright Blue, from the group, Eight Color Etchings, 1980 – The AMICA Library. Abstraction to represent landscape using goemetric format. The balance and proportions of the composition are very satisfying.

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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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Turner and Colour

Click on the image to go to an article from The Tate website. It mentions Turner’s interest in Geothe’s colour theories.             “Turner relished the Sublime effects of darkness. Its mysterious and elusive charm could … Continue reading

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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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Comparing folds

Thank you to Liselott Johnsson for giving permission to post her very interesting essay comparing the use of folds by two contrasting artists of the Supports/Surfaces group based in France in the 1970s. Please click on the image for a … Continue reading

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