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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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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