This enormous painting continues to challenge me
It is 150cm x 240cm on primed canvas currently stapled to the wooden wall of my studio
The main debate with myself is about the horizon line. I am gradually settling to a decision to keep the horizon visible only on the left. On the right the orientation of the landscape becomes ambiguous.
Today I added a pink layer over the darker tones on the top right section and also some ochre areas. And then applied solvent and made some deep marks with a palette knife to reveal the dark blue underneath
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A small work on paper, glazed and framed
A warm, large, (80cm sq)autumn inspired piece on cradled birch panel
An even larger, (100 cm sq), framed piece on canvas, ‘Rock in the Sea’
Wintery, but warm, framed 80cm sq piece on canvas
A bold, framed, pink, red and blue abstract on board, ‘ Deeper yet and darker still’60cm sq
‘Skylight’, 90cm sq, framed oil on board
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It started like this, a huge piece of primed canvas (160 x 258cm, the end of the roll), stapled to the floor.
It took up so much of the floor that I had to stand on it to get round it
After a while working on it on the floor, I got Malachy to help me hang it sideways on the wall
And then I turned it round the right way
I taped off the edges, built up more layers and thought it was done.
But something was unbalanced
So finally I took the plunge
There she blows!
Here’s a closeup
And here’s a photo montage
A good day!
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Edited, a notated photo
Painting in progress, 110cm x 160cm
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I got up quite late but I was unusually fired up once I got going. Maybe it was coffee, or perhaps a sugar hit from all the Christmas chocolate
Things started off fairly sedately with lots of greys and blues and muted tones on the huge new canvas
After working for about 2 hours I went inside for a break. The range had got lovely and hot and the spud I’d put in was crispy and delicious. Got cleaned up and thought that was it for the day. Then had more coffee and chocolate and decided to go back out for a bit
Worked on the big piece some more. Then all of a sudden decided to go all out in red and pink on the 2 canvases that had been on the wall earlier, AND the little muted ones on the opposite wall AND several others
A stonechat is a small bird with a black head that makes the sound of 2 stones knocked together. They flit about madly from the top of furze (gorse) bushes, which are yellow and spike. My surge of energy felt a bit like a transmutation (?) – like in the old tales when a person is magically changed from person to hare to bird
The header image is the railing in the bedroom – perhaps the initial spark for all the stripes – who knows where it all comes from!
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Painting what you see. Seeing what you’ve painted. Photographing what you’ve painted of what you’ve seen. Editing the photo. Posting the photo online. Painting the edited photo of what you’ve painted of what you’ve seen. Posting that
Which bit is the artwork?
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I was priming a large piece of coarse jute canvas today with gesso. A long piece 3m x 120cm, rolled out on the mucky floor of the studio.
I took photos as I worked as usual. Of the process and the light and shadows. Of me working. Of the canvas up on the wall. Of the fire.Pondering all the while on what I’ll actually paint once it’s ready
Messed with the photos on Instagram later. Cropped. Negative. Brighten. Contrast. The wee pebble embedded in the rough cement render. In blue. In yellow. The fire. The different rectangles. In triplicate.
The studio is always a painting. In a painting. Of a painting. During a painting.
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