monolith panels history

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first session 2015

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Happy New Year everyone
More work on the two panels 110 x 80
Another layer on a huge canvas 150 x 100
Primed 2 new little panels ready to take to Portugal with me on Monday

progress with paint and asking the obvious questions

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Monolithic, powerful, virile?
How were the standing stones viewed 5k years ago?
What was their symbolism?

I am intrigued by how the walls were built and if and how the stones were cut
I am fascinated by the field patterns of miles of parrallel walls still repeated today
Fanning out inwards from the coastal cliffs of Mayo

I am bowled over by the intricate plans and scale drawings, in red, made by the archeologists of Ceide Fields
More questions than answers, my personal response has to be with paint

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More paint layers this morning, powder pigment, solvent, scraping, rolling;
not done yet though

day 5 last post big stones

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This is the final post on these 2 big stones paintings. I changed the shape of one of the stones because it was too symmetrical.

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The two square 80cm  canvases are moving along now with shapes revealing hesitantly

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I sat for a bit in the clear upstairs space contemplating next moves accompanied by lovely shadows on the wall when the sun came out briefly

big stones day 4

a bit more of the same but slightly different

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the 2 big stones paintings (100cm x 80cm) are nearly done I think

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and 2 more 80cm square ones started

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this purple one has the beginnings of a wall in dawn or dusk colours
I wonder what a neolithic community woyld have made of a flame filled sky?

stones (2 canvases 100 x 80 ) stage 3

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the stones are slowly revealing themselves through the mists of time and layers wax

today I have first made some transfers of field patterns onto the touch dry surface from last nights painting. The transfer prep is like alchemy to me, mix a paste of powder pigment and nail varnish remover (!)  paint the mixture onto a sheet of tracing paper ( I dont have any, so used a thin transparent shiny paper) it dries really quickly. draw through from the back so that the marks made transfer onto the canvas.

I then rolled, transferred and squeegeed 3 or 4 different areas with 2 different greyish colours of paint and wax, then rolled and squeegeed smooth. Incidentally covering over much of the field pattern drawing in the process

With solvent revealed some more of the stone shapes that wanted to appear, blotted off with tissue. Roughly scraped and scored around and about the shapes at different angles and depths

Thinking about the community that lived in the Ceide Fields. How did they work the stones with no metal tools? They had fire to roast their cattle, what was their relationship with fire, with their animals? With the stones?

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