landscape to abstract

From the winter landscape paintings before Christmas – see 2019 – I’m now using these colours to interpret the valley and moorland landscapes in abstract shapes, lines and mark-making, overlaying and scraping through using cold wax medium alternating with oil-rich layers. So here is the result, the new abstract with the landscape I used as my starting point alongside. Related Images:

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last day of October

Enjoying autumn colours and gathering ideas and images for a new set of paintings on an afternoon walk today from the studio. The trees, hedgerows and the autumn colours: And now trees are shedding their leaves so I’m looking at the pattern of the branches against the grey sky: These images brought to mind a painting I did in 2017, and which I saw recently hanging in a lovely cottage not too far from here (it looked very pleasing). So here is that one: Related Images:

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Culture Declares Emergency

Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of climate change, a mass extinction of vital biodiversity and a degradation of ecosystems health. (https://www.culturedeclares.org/resources/why-declare-why-culture) This will have a growing impact on our lives, on people across the world, on wildlife, and on our planet for future generations. I , Jill Goodman, declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency I pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.  My intentions are: 1. I will tell the Truth Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and… Read More

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climate emergency

I was utterly dismayed that our parish council voted 7:1 against joining Cornwall Council and other parishes in declaring a Climate Change Emergency (North Hill PC September 2019) So I ands 17 others sent a letter and attended the following month’s meeting, but to no avail, no change in their views.The one parish councillor that voted ‘for’ was Adrian Parsons, a local farmer, County Councillor and member of the Cornwall Council working group on climate. We’re setting up an autonomous group, North Hill Climate Action Group (or something like that) Our letter to North Hill Parish Council, 3/10/2019 Dear Parish Councillors We are writing in support of the one Parish… Read More

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We Cannot Say… painting

‘We Cannot Say We Were Not Warned’ Click images to see a larger size, and click the arrows to go on or back Oil paint and cold wax medium on canvas, 30x120cm The title is from an article by Astra Taylor, in which she talks about her book Democracy may not exist but we’ll miss it when it’s gone: www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/bad-ancestors-climate-crisis-democracy And her documentary film, What Is Democracy? https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/what-is-democracy-film-astra-taylor Related Images:

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Greta Thunberg

“The Greta Thunberg problem’ so many men freaking out about the tiny Swedish climate demon” The First Dog on the Moon and ‘The Greta Thunberg Problem’, published today in The Guardian – an amazing young person and my favourite cartoon: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/27/the-greta-thunberg-problem-so-many-men-freaking-out-about-the-tiny-swedish-climate-demon And her speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 April), Greta urges MEPs to “start panicking about climate change” rather than “waste time arguing about Brexit”. Related Images:

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