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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