acrylic paints

I’ve been experimenting with acrylic paint as an alternative to oil paints. Firstly because I wanted to work more quickly, and acrylics dry in a few hours, or overnight. But also I’m attracted to the wide range of colours, and how easy these are to use thinly, as a fluid, or thicker with medium, and to add textures. For reference I’ve looked at artists who work in acrylic paint, or changed from oils to acrylics. Here are a few I’ve admired:  Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) changed from oils to acrylics. Best known for her works in thinned oil paints poured onto unprimed canvas so that the colour would seep into the canvas, working… Read More

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Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives

Seeing this wonderful collection of paintings by Patrick Heron, with works at this large scale and alongside each other and from different periods, with one painting relating to another: intense colour, the pleasure of following a line across the canvas, the detail of a pattern, abstraction, looking from one shape/pattern to another around the canvas – this was an intense, exciting and joyful experience.     Here are the main ideas he persued:   Unity Heron strived for a balance across the canvas, the forms and colours interconnected by their position and their visual affect together, so that each area of colour/shape ” is as important within the painting as any… Read More

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it’s warming up

Almost ready for open studio, and the days are warming up which will make it much nicer for people visiting. There shouldn’t be any frost this week (according to the Met Office) so I’ve planted out some of my carefully nurtured beans and the mini sweetcorn into the warm soil in my vegetable garden. This painting, possibly finished today, I’ve called Warming. This morning I read about a report by researchers based at Exeter Uni, about their studies of plant life in Antarctica – which exists on just 0.3% of the continent – and particularly the moss banks. the warming climate of Antarctica in the past 50 years has spurred on… Read More

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blue upon blue

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic. The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution. We’ve been arguing about climate change, and whether it exists and what is changing, for the better part of 40 years … “Let’s not… Read More

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Notter Tor

A cuckoo was calling early this morning, I listened to it and all the other birdsong as I drank my cup of tea standing at the open front door. Then later, on a walk to Notter Tor I heard another, this one was somewhere around Bearah Tor.  Notter Tor is covered with bluebells amongst the dried bracken which is yet to grow and under the wind-sculpted oak trees. It’s an interesting low tor on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. An old quarry has eaten into one side where there is now a deep pool with sheer granite cliffs. From the boulders on the summit the views are fantastic, and there are remains… Read More

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anthropocene

‘The Shock of the Anthropocene’ by Bonneuil and Fressoz. I decided it was time to read this – I’m taking it very slowly!  …. climate change, increases in extinction of species and loss of habitats, problems relating to air pollution, and other major changes to our planet including new substances being deposited in the planet’s ecosystems – all reflecting a change in the Earth system, these and other major transformations ‘that attest our entry into the Anthropocene’ Since teaching ‘Earthkeepers’ (Earth Education programme www.eartheducation.org.uk), then being a member of Green Tourism (Green Tourism) where possible I make decisions – just small gestures really – towards a more sustainable way to live.  We live on one planet with… Read More

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Open Studios Cornwall 2017

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June  I’ll be here from 11am to 5pm each day and would love to see you. See my location on a map. I’m hoping to complete some in this new series ‘connections’.   And I’ve just heard on a Channel 4 news report: NO COAL was used in the production of electricity in the UK today….. the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of fossil fuel began – tweeted from the National Grid control room.          Related Images:

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the first swallow

I saw the swallow and heard the familiar chattering; it was drifting along in the warm air of late afternoon. This is the week that our swallows usually start to arrive, checking out the garage beams and their nests from previous years, hopefully this will be any day now.  And I watched a BBC clip of John Hoyland working on a painting  ‘Paintings are there to be experienced, they are events.” John Hoyland, 1979     Related Images:

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the air that we breathe

Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy,” Prof Sir Robert Watson, a distinguished climate scientist at the UK’s University of East Anglia and a former head of the UN’s climate science panel. March 2017 Climate change played a major role in the extreme air pollution events suffered recently by China and is likely to make such “airpocalypses” more common, new research has revealed. March 2017     Related Images:

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