pale yellow with blues

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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San Francisco in pictures

8 days in San Francisco

Diebenkorn (2), Vaillencourt, Serra, Doyle, B&B, Mitchell, Yerba Buena Gardens, Golden Gate Park, Yerba Buena again, Pride, Sausalito ferry

donegal clouds

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Last piece of coarse jute off the roll
120cm x 190cm

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May sky

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Using a brush to block in the shapes

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Maybe done

Footnote: I was given a fabulous book on #RichardDiebenkorn for my 60th birthday. I am enthralled by his famous shifts from abstraction to figuration and back again, and am particularly drawn to his paintings with human and animal forms ambiguously appearing within his landscapes.
The curvaceous shapes in these clouds seemed to appear initially by their own volition, but of course I then exaggerated them. Maybe also with Matisse in mind. And someone said maybe a nod to Magritte too! Haha! Good company 🙂

tolerate chaos

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the first 5 stages of work on 3 canvases in my studio this morning
the initial trigger was twofold: Diebenkorn’s notes to himself about how to go about making a painting

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/diebenkorn-ten-rules

and there was a powercut

so I went with ‘tolerate chaos’ and also forced myself to not care about the first appearances of ‘prettiness’ and I didn’t ‘search for a subject’

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