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The Sublime, Fluorescence and Complementary Ratios

Thinking about why the dramatic skies appeal so much to me, I consider it to be down to the contrasting complementary colours seen during certain meteorological events or times of day, particularly sunset. I came across this very insightful website explaining ratios … Continue reading

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Day-Glo Claude Mirror

My research has led to an interest in the Claude mirror. ‘A pre-photographic, landscape-viewing device, used by romantic artists and connected with the Picturesque Movement. The artists stood with their back to the scene looking at it through the small black convex mirror. … Continue reading

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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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Aesthetic Descisions

Thinking about the act of painting, why painters paint and the relationship between the reality of the subject matter and how it is expressed through the aesthetic descisions and questions that have to be made over and over when creating … Continue reading

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Painting Rainbows

Over my last few visits to the river I have observed some spectacular rainbows, most occurring just before sunset.  “The sky is the “source of light” – in nature – and governs everything.” John Constable From my research into the Romantic Movement I … 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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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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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 Curved Space

My work has recently developed this recurring curve in the composition.   This intrigued me and has prompted me to research further particularly when I came across this painting by Casper David Friedrich. What I have discovered is that this … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mary Mattingly: First Light/ Last Light

I came across these photographs on the booooooom.com website and they took my breath away. They have been superimposed to create a cross and are inspired by living in an isolated place. The isolation of some of the points along … Continue reading

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Monet

By focusing on the same subject through a whole series of paintings, Monet was able to concentrate on recording visual sensations themselves. The subjects did not change, but the visual sensations – due to changing conditions of light – changed … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adolph Gottlieb

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Free Flow: Contemporary Showcases Moira Dryer’s Abstract Experiments | Baltimore City Paper

  Free Flow: Contemporary Showcases Moira Dryer’s Abstract Experiments | Baltimore City Paper. “Stripes and other patterned forms usually give her paintings organizational structure, but the works also rely on drips and pools of paint that lend an air of … Continue reading

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In the studio interview with Alexis Harding – Art – Time Out london

In the studio interview with Alexis Harding – Art – Time Out london.

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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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“I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them” Jackson Pollock 1951

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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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