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Final Exhibition

My final show is now installed. The culmination of two years of practical engagement and academic research. The work on the walls have been produced rapidly over the last 2 months but they are not end results they are exploratory experiments. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Considering Size

This week I produced two pieces of work playing with extremes of scale.

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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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One year on

  As the nights are drawing in I am reminded that it has been a year now since I began working on this project. My ideas and methods have changed considerably, narrowing down my focus and absorbing the landscape to … Continue reading

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Open Screen: Rain

I love the expressive process of open screen printing and I have been asked to run a day workshop in this technique at Studio 11 Gallery in Hull. I want to produce some new pieces for the ‘Work in Progress’ … Continue reading

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Building up momentum

I have started to pick up the pace of my drawing again as I now have the luxury of plenty of time to get more involved. I am starting with A3 sketch pad drawings in various mediums and keeping up … 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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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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Found Object

I found this piece of board yesterday washed up on the Humber flood defences. Something about it really appealed to me, the contrast of gloss paint against the worn smoothness of exposed wood. I also noticed how the paint had … 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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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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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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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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Curvature: Digital Drawing

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Curvature

Curvature

Pastel drawing: Cherry Cob Sands – Hot Spring Day

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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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James Turrell

“In a lucid dream, you have a sharper sense of colour and lucidity than with your eyes open. I’m interested in the point where imaginative seeing and outside seeing meet, where it becomes difficult to differentiate between seeing from the … 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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Raining: Night Lights

Painting with dyes on paper

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Studio Development

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Digital Drawing

Drawn on android phone using the free app Fresco Lite.

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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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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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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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Rain Drawing

Viewing the Humber from Paull.

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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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Earlier work: Canary Wharf

Some paintings and prints produced after a visit to Canary Wharf London.

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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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