I am trying to figure out how I incorporate the cathedral interior influence into the structures in my paintings. The mediums I have been using- charcoal and acrylic sketches don’t seem to be helping me get what i want, so I want to look at Bleckner’s work to look at how he uses cathedral structures […]Read more "Artist: Ross Bleckner"
Mitchell, W.J.T., 2002. Landscape and power 2nd ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press. I read the selected chapters of this book over a few weeks, making notes here as I went. I read this book to understand how my intentions and landscape painting fit into landscape painting in history. And also to understand the British (and western) […]Read more "Reading ‘Landscape and Power’"
These paintings above, Woods says, are painted from many photographs taken at night. She would put use the camera flash to photograph undergrowth. Woods works from photographs of British landscapes back in her studio. Visually ambiguous, sometimes disturbing and definitely claustrophobic, it is as though Woods is telling us through her representation of rocks and […]Read more "Artist: Clare Woods"
This is the painting that I saw and sketched in Edinburgh’s Scottish National Gallery. The use of perspective, space and height captured is wonderful. The more I sketched the painting in the gallery the more I realised it had parallels with the structures in my work. It states on the National Gallery Scotland website that […]Read more "Artist: Pieter Jansz. Saenredam"
Katz, A. et al., 1999. Alex Katz, Torino: Hopefulmonster. Painting ‘Reflections’ 1994 (p.170). I am interested in the blocks of colours, and the marks made on top of the blocks of colour. This work has a limited colour palette, and is abstracting its subject quite extremely. Katz believes the ‘all-overness in a lot of the big […]Read more "Artist: Alex Katz"
The history of pictures begins in the caves and ends, at the moment, with an iPad. P.12. I saw a retrospective of Hockney at the Tate Britain a few years ago and the landscapes in it really stuck with me, especially the colour palette used. His work has been a subconscious influence ever since so […]Read more "Artist: David Hockney"
I saw this painting at the Tate Modern over the Christmas break and was immediately captured by it. The vibrancy and warmth of the colours pulled me in. Then the depth, energy, movement of the brushstrokes kept me in front of it; taking in the whole painting. The painting reminded me of the kind of […]Read more "Artist: Richard Smith"
I looked at Mondrian when I first started painting the woods nearly a year ago (post here). His method of working still inspires my practice. He spent his life working on abstract paintings and also painting trees. There was no linear transition from trees to abstraction, but a constant relationship between the two parts of […]Read more "Piet Mondrian Revisited"