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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lexicon

I walked around the woodland today, looking for the shapes that emerge, the lines that criss-cross, the marks that I accept in a painting. These are ‘found’ as I work on the paintings, rather than pre-determined. I learn as I go, trying to work out how much to include or overpaint, add a veil over, scratch through or re-state. I see these marks recurring in my paintings: my lexicon that I draw on.     Related Images:

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winter landscape

Series 1: landscapes These winter landscapes (January-February) have a basis in a loose grid. Blocks of colour have been scraped over the original marks and colours, in horizontal or vertical gestures. Lines added or scraped through, perhaps derived from patterns of field boundaries, tracks or trees. An arching shape again laid over with a spreader, and other shapes re-stated. see gallery 1         Related Images:

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winter seed-heads

I walked around our woodland this afternoon, in winter sunlight and stillness. I brought back seed-heads of cow parsley and docks. I used these shapes as I completed a painting that I worked on yesterday. Colours have become more tonal, with lines cutting through.  I like these seed shapes and the seeds clusters that remain after the white summer flowers have dropped, standing upright into the winter months. Looking at  my paintings in the last few months these umbels and simple seed/flower shapes have found their way in, as well as in still life studies in previous years.  I think I will be using these shapes to further explore abstraction.  I’m looking at… Read More

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diagonals

Studies in abstraction: rectangles and diagonals these are collage – playing with pre-painted strips; seeing how they sit in the space depending on colour, size, placement placing rectangles diagonally cutting into the edge of the page creating a chevron in the white space This has been quite a change for me – to use flat areas of colour, concentrating on how the colours react with each other so looking directly at colour space rather than texture or other detail. ” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Related Images:

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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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Mount Edgcumbe

Hashing at Mount Edgcumbe on Sunday morning in fantastic sunshine – a landscaped country park with woodlands and gardens looking across Plymouth Sound [Mount Edgcumbe country park was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall… with Grade I listed gardens, 55 listed structures… and deer roaming freely – see website] A great place to visit for a walk, and a wonderful route to get there through a display of stunning autumn colours in woodlands by the estuary.     Related Images:

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Leskernick #2

As I work on my second Leskernick canvas I’m asking a different set of questions about what I am attempting to do, a more abstract process. In this final stage of the work I’m thinking: which colours/tones next to each other, do they interact, is the surface disturbed or smooth? do the shapes sit on the same plane, together or separate? does the line coincide, cut through, or create an outline? Each mark making a statement back to me and posing a question. Possibly it’s too complicated. But it does have a feeling of the place. So I’ll add this now to the gallery and see how it works there.… Read More

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