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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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Final preparations……..

The last few days have been spent organising the housekeeping for the final exhibition and hand in. The critical reflection is finally finished, I found this the most challenging part of the module. A photographer friend took brilliant photographs of all my … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Painting on the pier

  I was a bit worried about doing this in a popular spot as I usually work in more isolated places. As it happened I wasn’t bothered by a soul. The first day was a bit bland, very grey with … Continue reading

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Distant Rain

This summers theme is most certainly rain……

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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