This is what the painting looks like so far. I had more time in this project I would keep glazing. And after this deadline I will keep continuing with it! You can see I have just started to add the column of light to the painting. I tried adding multiple layers before the glaze had […]Read more "Unfinished painting so far"
I have watched this mini documentary on David Salle’s painting so many times since I first watched it over a year ago: Salle raises ideas about the surface of the painting vs. the illusion of depth that have really stuck with me. The idea of the painting being a surface, that your eyes roam over, […]Read more "Mini doc with David Salle"
Introduction For although we are accustomed to separate nature and human perception into two realms, they are, in fact, indivisible. Before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock. Pp.6-7 Ansel […]Read more "Book: Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama"
Looking back at this painting I did about a year ago, I notice now that the brushstrokes have a gradient of light to dark from the top to the bottom of the painting. That’s one of the reasons I think this painting is (still successful). The circled top centre of the canvas is really bright, […]Read more "Sources of light in an older painting"
The things I have been struggling with so far: – Patience! It takes at least 6 hours to dry between layers, which means a lot of waiting. – Not making the canvas muddy. I haven’t finished with it yet, but at the moment the canvas is very dark and murky. Adding some more vibrant colours […]Read more "Glazing large canvas, so far"
Since the small acrylic glaze test went well; the colours were radient, the texture of the acrylic paint was fine, I am doing a big painting in acrylics! This is the first time I have ever done a big painting in acrylics, so I didn’t know what to expect. The pros I knew going into […]Read more "Painting en plein air today – acrylics!"
I was reading this essay for my dissertation, but there were some interesting points made that directly link to my practice. Squinting at this picture, we see a technological revolution, using a satellite to climb above the mountain, computers to capture the image, and pixels, not paint, to portray the scene. But we also see […]Read more "Essay: American Scenery–Thomas Cole vs NASA"
I entered my work into a competition and for the application I had to write 500 words about my work. This was more words than I thought! Normally I am condensing writing about my work into a short paragraph or a couple of sentences. When I had the space to really write in depth about […]Read more "Writing about my work"
I wanted to see what it would look like if I painted the b&w stage in acrylic and then glazed in oils over the top – how would the colours and texture differ from a fully oil paint painting? I also wanted to test the light shining into the space idea before I did it […]Read more "Mini glazing acrylic & oils test"
To understand how light would hit a space full of brushstrokes I made a model of 3D brushtrokes with the intention of shining a light through a small hole to get something similar to the cone affect of light I want to paint. I used this wire because it is self supporting, making it great […]Read more "Light Model Photos"