A Poem By Huib Fens

(from my painting  residency at Stiwdio Maelor in Wales, when Huib Fens was on a writers residency)

 

Liz and Malachy
She has retreated in Wales
under rafters, stretching
canvasses on frames,
boiling emulsions of
oils and waxes.
She smears and brushes until
land appears, still unknown
and undiscovered and keeps
on working it until it
liberates itself from her.
Two islands to the west,
in the harsh mist the ocean
is sending up the surf,
he is cutting turf in
long and muddy strokes
he will pile up with his
bare hands to hand-
knotted stacks while
groundwater runs into
the newly cut furrows.
Huib Fens, 2016/17

 

On paper

Run out of canvases and only a week to go at Stiwdio Maelor – so I’m playing on paper

image

‘Trajectory’ diptych (2 x Arches paper 76 x 56cm) still taped to the table

image

Another one still in progress

image

Series of smaller pieces worked together – 6 bits of sugary sweetness! Largest 2 are half sheets of Arches ie 56 x 38cm

image

‘All things nice… raspberry ripple?’
2 half sheets Arches – each 56 x 38cm

Ready to go

Hoping to get these 4 framed locally here in Wales. My fingers are firmly crossed that some or all of them will then be sent to Terre Verte gallery in Cornwall for  ‘ Into the West’, the summer group show I have been invited to participate in there

image

‘Musing’ – 80cm sq

image

‘Spirited’ 100cm x 80cm

image

Skylight 1 – 50cm sq

image

Skylight 2 – 50cm sq

journey inward

These are the 4 stages of my most recent largish canvas
It is on coarse unstretched (and creased badly from being in my suitcase) jute canvas about 4′ x 3′

image

This was actually the second session, I forgot to take a photo of when it was all red and yellow, with a bit of turquoise,  stapled to the floor on Saturday morning

image

Sunday, more sombre with shapes consolidating

image

Early Monday morning – loads of alizarin crimson overlaid on the lower half and a mess in the middle and a scatty unresolved indecisive upper third

image

Maybe we’re getting somewhere