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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International Women’s Day

Listening to Sarah Perry and Sally Beamish on Radio 3 this morning, a good distraction from paintings that have been waiting for me to get started on! These are 3 canvases, each 90x60cm, will be triptych for a coastal holiday cottage – so starting out very blue, working quickly to get a feel of the size and composition. Also with an additional canvas the same size, and another similar size, I’ll have a selection to take. Quite abstract, about the cliffs, rocks and sea, energy, light – about being there.   Related Images:

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grids

Still using grids: concentrating on the colour qualities and richness of the surface looking at colour intensities, but then found myself breaking down the grid structure, selecting small sections to find simple shapes individual small squares, reusing canvases 15x15cm   ” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  I’m looking at Helen Frankenthaler     Related Images:

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systems

Study: looking at systems Most artists have a ‘system’ of making work (or their methodology) some of which I’m exploring now, to help find my direction, challenge my way of seeing and appreciating, and move forward in abstract painting: Fibonacci: I painted stripes of primary colour, then secondary – using the series, (1),1,2,3, as the initial structure – e.g. yellow (1), red 1, orange 1+1=2, blue 3, then reversing the sequence. I then scraped across with the squeegee, giving a tactile finish. Second system, layering couloir, still using the primary colours, spreading each across the sheet with a squeegee, give the tertiary colour.  Painters I’m looking at: Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski Grids: a basic ordering system,… Read More

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picture plane

Studies in abstraction: rectangles and colours I’m floundering and in need of some advice to help me think about moving towards abstract painting and the function of colour in painting. Now I’m using a book ‘Colour and Abstraction’ by George Blacklock, to think about what I’m doing, to move on. I’m working through lots of colour exercises and playing with colour tensions, harmony and dissonance, and palettes. Thinking about pictorial space and the picture plane – the perceived front of the painting, how different colours sit and the the ‘push/pull’ effect colours can create in the pictorial space (looking at Hoffman). Works I’m also looking online include Bridget Riley (a favourite of mine when I was doing A… Read More

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the red list

Giraffes are on the red list! ‘Nearly 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis. The natural world is in the midst of a mass extinction as wild places are destroyed by conversion to farmland, mining and pollution, and animals are hunted in huge numbers.’ We know that many species on this planet are declining, and Planet Earth II series on the BBC has flagged this up, but I think a whole final programme about loss of habitat and other threats to our wonderful wildlife would have been a better way to end. Do we continue to wreck the planet? As Sir David… Read More

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reds

Reds in my garden and woodland: deep crimson-reds changing to browns; strong rose-reds and cerulean sky, cadmium reds against grey-greens.  Blackbirds are now feasting on the crab apples; the finches go for the rose hips, especially of the rock-rose; thrushes are often on the haws and rowan. Birds will also feed on the (non-native) cotoneaster and honeysuckle berries, and the smaller tits forage on seed heads. In the woodland there’s berries of the guelder rose, dog rose and dogwood, haws and sloes, ivy and holly.  See the colour and line gallery     See my November garden and woodland images: Reds  Related Images:

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