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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Per Kirkeby

Image: “Untitled”, 1999 Oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 inches 200 x 300 cm  © Per Kirkeby, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Cologne & New York Danish artists inspired by geology, whose oil paintings are notable for their organic palette. Having read his obituary this week I’ve looked at his work online – https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/name/per-kirkeby-hon-ra and http://michaelwerner.com/artist/per-kirkeby/works I love the colours, the use of lines and scratches, sometimes abstract and other works are landscape, or possibly both within a single composition. He was a member of the New York based, international Fluxus group (Latin word Fluxus means flowing) which shared attitude rather than a movement, with experimental musicians and artists, somewhat revolutionary and anti-art.… Read More

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Notter Tor on Bodmin Moor

A morning walk on Bodmin Moor through woodlands to Notter Tor, the colours were beautiful – these will be on my palette for new paintings in the coming weeks: greys of granite and lichen, yellow-green of moss and crimson-pinks stonecrop, and of course the brilliant bluebells creating a carpet across the side of the tor and springing up amongst the boulders:             Related Images:

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a quiet day

This was day 5 of Open Studio Cornwall 2017 – a very quiet today, no visitors! I’ve moved a few paintings around to fill the spaces where paintings were sold, and added two new ones that I’ve had hanging indoors. The studio is looking so tidy and smart, so I’ve taken some photos: ” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]         Related Images:

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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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lichen and clean air

Trees on Bodmin Moor – and in my garden – are draped with lichen, testament to the clean air that we are very fortunate to enjoy here in Cornwall.  Another lichen in wonderful ochre colours is on the granite in my studio, on granite pillars that were originally the outside of the barn. Lichens are highly sensitive to air quality, some are sensitive to nitrogen though some are nitrogen-loving  – see this lichen identification guide. Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the UK – recently on TV news about schools in cities where the children are exposed to illegal levels of damaging air pollution from diesel vehicles. Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels in… Read More

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Howard Hodgkin

You need things to look at, things to affect your feelings, your intelligence and your heart.” Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) I’ve been thinking about his paintings, after hearing that he died yesterday. And this evening looking at works his website and on the Tate website.  ” A great user of colour…  …invented his own language. Each picture is about something  – a place, a situation.” Andrew Graham-Dixon in conversation with Howard Hodgkin in 2010 https://howard-hodgkin.com/resources/films-and-audio From the media today: “They [his paintings] seemed like little jewels, hanging on the wall, radiating colour and light” Nicholas Serota “Each painting was a balance between released emotion and something coiled, concealed, withheld.” Colm Toibin   Related Images:

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