Tag Archives: fine 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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Exhibition: Planning and Making

The area allocated for the MA cohort to exhibit is the entrance foyer of Hull School of Art and Design and there will be eight graduates showing in this space. As it is a working environment it is rather different to … 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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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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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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Comparison of materials

This is a time for analysing what I have produced so far and to explore possible way to develop. I have been concentrating on trying to produce larger scale work and discarding any literal interpretation of the landscape. This has … 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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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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Produced by applying oil based ink onto an aluminium plate then passing it through a press to transfer onto damp paper. I produced a series of mono-types last week, I feel that I want to experiment more with different media … Continue reading

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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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Skeffling Clays Watercolour

One of the paintings I produced on Monday trying to capture the atmospheric orange glow hovering just over Spurn Point horizon.

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I have been in the print studio today and produce a couple more open screen prints based on sketches completed on location.

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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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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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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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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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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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Studio Development

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monoprint

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Pencil Drawings

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Storm

Dyed silk with discharge.

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Work in progress

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Resists, discharge, dyes

Fabric: Silk/cotton

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