I'm developing some small series of works on paper to be framed and made available to buy. I've been exploring a fascination with the diagonals in the landscape and using a process of masking off paper in order to focus on this. The results can't be planned 100% and I don't know what the image is until i peel off the masked area.
Oooooh, i love a reveal! I've got one set in at the framers at the moment, and this is the next set to go.
Stay tuned if you are interested. Those on my mailing list will get first dibs and a discount.
I see them as a family because they are growing up alongside each other. They share the same paint palette DNA and beyond that I have let them / encouraged them to become individuals. Some are quieter, some are busier and I already have my favourite.....is that allowed?
This week I am working on painting the edges, and then I varnish them.
I am very happy to offer studio visits, lets make an appointment and I'll get the kettle on. It's important to see work in the flesh and a visit can give you more confidence when choosing work to enhance your home or office. I am happy to let you reserve work to take home and try overnight in the space you will enjoy it hopefully to years to come.
I do like a coherent and fairly neutral colour palette in my work, alot of the time. Recently though I am getting bolder at chucking in the odd curve ball. It takes an leap of faith to do this, but, you know what, I am a gutsy artist and I am confident that the more I am willing to risk the more I stand to gain.
Been drawn to orange recently, and this gets a lots of positive feedback on my social media feeds.....it is a delightful colour isn't it? Makes me feel alive, happy and positive.
What does it do for you?
Words can help my experimenting and exploring stay on track. Bit like a map. I mean, it is OK to get lost and sometimes it is also really helpful to keep some kind of focus. I am still looking for new territory this way. It helps the work get richer, deeper and more interesting. My tutor at art school use to say "don't show me a drawing until you've done at least 50 on a theme"
So, here, I am working with the contrasts between two kinds of marks - the smooth and the jagged. I write key words on a piece of paper in front of me to refer back to.....often.
Why do i work on a number at the same time?
Sometimes i start pieces on the floor by putting random marks down - here I am using graphite taped to the end of a long stick. I do this so I am less in control of the marks - and this afternoon the sun and shadow joined in giving me something to respond to. The purpose is to loosen up and let the creative juices take over. The less I am worried or in control the better.
My inspiration often comes from outside when I am on a run or walking Ruby. I think the best abstract art has to have some starting points, or some context - well, to be honest, I find it helps me or I get lost in overwhelm with too many possibilities. These lines on a gatepost just caught my eye. I see them as genuine, fresh and authentic marks / lines in the landscape and they reflect the kind of spontaneity I want to come through my work.