I have been away from home, visiting family and being a Granny in Wales, for two months, as well as a ten day break in Portugal
So I’ve been away from my studio and not painting
During the last couple of weeks I have begun to crave paint and canvas. So I bought a few materials from local shops and made these two small works on the floor in my daughter’s spare bedroom. In between visits, and in between layers, they’ve been drying in the shed.
My bedroom at my daughter’s home has sliding doors out onto the garden, with views into the trees beyond. And a view out of the side windows to a stand of Scotch Pines. From my bed I can see both dawn and dusk through these trees.
The paintings are not at all a representation of these photos of views. In fact they have more of an essence of a walk in the woods. I even embedded a fern leaf in the paint, removed it the next day to leave its impression, then rolled over it again with more layers.
However, some of the colours are there. A friend of mine said of these two latest pieces that they were a return for me of a ‘confident enigma’. I like that
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These 2 are each 60cm square and have undergone a change of heart, or a facelift or a renaissance! Formerly they were darker and mostly orange and quite ‘loud’ with a title to reflect that mood : ‘Tolerate chaos’- the title taken from the 10 well known painting rules of the Bay artist, Richard Diebenkorn.
Now they are calmer and paler, with a new title, ‘Formerly chaos’, perhaps with a nod to us being in control of our moods along with our palette if we so choose!
These 2 are a bit bigger, at 80cm square. They have had a similar transformation using a pale palette of pale ochres, yellows and some very pale blue. Their former title was ‘Oceans, a tipping point’ – part of a series of 5 canvases. They haven’t got new individual names yet
Thus one is ‘Musing’, also 80cm square plus frame, painted 2 years ago on my furst residency at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris in Wales and then exhibited at a group show at Terre Verte Gallery in Cornwall. Home now from her adventures
These 2, ‘Sunshine 1&2’ have also just returned from Cornwall and are also each 80cm square plus frame
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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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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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2 small wooden panels each 50cm sq
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2 canvases each 100 x 80cm (39 x 31.5″)
As 2016 draws to a close I’m trying, against the odds, to look ahead to 2017 with hope.
Hope that we will all be mindful of anything we can do that helps rather than hinders. In so many areas. For Peace. For People. For the Planet
The paintings above are called ‘blood and concrete’.
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Just reworked these 2 with a few more marks and a layer of creamy coloured transparent oil and wax mixture
They are each 80cm x 100cm and are part of the ‘Oceans – a tipping point?’ series from last week
I think they are much better for the extra later. What do you think?
Here they are as they were before:
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I am really enjoying working on a much larger scale on unstretched canvas stapled directly to my wooden studio painting wall.
The top one shown here, (Martello Tower), is at my maximum size possible, fitting snugly into the full depth of my studio extension and completely covering the wooden panel cladding that is fixed over the planks.( The photo shows the painting cropped of its blue surround, which allows for it to be stretched to an approximate final size of 150cm x 275 cm.) The unstretched canvas is 120cm x 290cm ( about 4′ x 9’6″)
Here is the primed unstretched canvas, followed by the first stage of underpainting:
The other two paintings are each 115 cm x 160cm ‘Out walking one evening in November, Cruit’ and ‘Once they danced at the crossroads – ruined gables, Cruit’
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