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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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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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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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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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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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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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Return to Fabric

I looked back at some of my earlier work this week. When I saw the pieces on silk that I produced last Easter I was reminded of the wonderful subtlety of the bleeding of the dyes into the fabric and … Continue reading

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A different perspective: The south side

On Friday I made a trip to Humberston in Lincolnshire specifically to see the views of  Spurn Point from the south bank of the Humber and I was not disappointed. To my dismay I realised I had left my watercolour paints on the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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Painting at Skeffling Clays

Today I took a picnic and my painting kit down to the remote Skeffling Clays, one of the last access point to the Humber before Spurn Point. The panorama there is vast and the sky is wide open and dramatic. … Continue reading

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Watercolour sketches

While I have been away I produced some small 10″ x 7″ watercolour sketches based on my location drawings. I used russian watercolours which are really excellent in quality and have an amazing intensity of colour. I find working with … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Studio Development

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