Tag Archives: Abstract art

Making Progress

I am continuing to work on my silk pieces. I work on two at a time so that I am not idle during the drying time. I have noticed that I have two distinctly different ways of working. The first … Continue reading

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Final Developments

There has been a meeting with the MA group to discuss the final exhibition. Now the space (the foyer of the Art School) has been organised and areas agreed. I have a good space I am happy with, it has … 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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Latest Developments

As the end of the academic year workload eases I eventually have a bit more time to immerse myself in the final section of the Masters. I have had to make some major decisions in the past few days as … 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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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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Fluorescence

Although I am fairly pleased with the colour intensity I am achieving in my canvas paintings I am still striving to heighten the impact. I have begun exploring fluorescent paints in some smaller paintings to see what effect they have when … Continue reading

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Staff Exhibition – Silks

I had to choose some work to submit for the staff exhibition at Hull School of Art and Design. I was unsure which element of the work I have been producing I wanted to show. I eventually decided on a … Continue reading

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More studio work

As I embarked on the next few days intensive painting I was consumed with doubt, lack of vision and worry that I won’t be happy with what I produce and my time will have been wasted. However I was determined … Continue reading

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In the Studio

I have now finished the first week in the studio booked for two weeks over Easter. The painting has been very challenging both physically with scale and also aesthetic decision-making. The space is wonderful, it is so liberating to have … Continue reading

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Feedback – Exploratory Practice

A few weeks ago I received some feedback which focused on the work I produced from June to November 2012. I got a lot out of producing work on location and immersing myself in the landscape but after the hand … Continue reading

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Digital drawings continue

Here are three more digital drawings. I produced them on location on my mobile phone using the free app ‘Fresco lite‘ It is very simple to use but I really love the results of building up of layers and the … Continue reading

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Working in the studio

Today I had the luxury of a full day working in the textile print/dye lab workshop. It was brilliant to have such a lot of space to spread out. I could surround myself with the recent works on paper, digital … Continue reading

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Exploring Media on Paper

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New Year = New Work

I am now concentrating on my practical work. I aim to intensify the production of work, focussing on processes, becoming immersed in spontaneity and expression. It is not the outcomes that are important but exploration of materials. This is the first … Continue reading

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Challenges of working on Large Scale Canvases

I have begun work on large-scale pieces, applying dye onto unprimed canvas approx 3 x 5 m. I imagined the canvases to be fairly straight forward as they would not involve the time-consuming processes and unpredictability of the silk I am … Continue reading

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Losing the Horizon

I delivered my paper at the MA symposium this week. I have been dreading the thought of publicly talking bout my work but somehow got through it. The symposium was brilliant in two ways. Firstly it was wonderful to hear … Continue reading

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Neon Flash

Produced this today concentrating more on the medium and process than the outcome and trying to take more risks. It appears to have energy and movement.

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Digital Drawing: Neon, Coral and Blue

Digital drawings on location at sunset. Trying to capture the intense neon flashes of the sunlight. From the ferry car park        

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First canvas: Stain painting

Last night I attempted my first painting onto unprimed canvas. I began by mixing my colours by adding water to acrylic paints so they were more like the consistency of the dyes have been using. I worked on the floor … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Watercolours

Small watercolours playing with depth and intensity of colour.

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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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Suzan Woodruff

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Monoprint

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Work in progress

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

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Gestural marks and intuitive gestures

A morning in the studio experimenting with pigment dyes. I worked on heavy gloss paper which absorbed the dyes beautifully (Gravue Empire Gloss 350gsm, provided by G.F. Smith, Hull) 640x900mm.I worked on several pieces at the same time to allow drying … Continue reading

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Making Marks

Bleeding dye into found objects Weights applied on top and left to dry Working on paper already covered in accidental marks and splashes.

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