I am looking at paintings titled ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’, they’re all paintings from the Renaissance or older. The most compelling ones, to me, are the ones with incredible rendering of dark and light. It appears that light is really important for creating atmosphere in a painting. There’s something tangible, something present, something palpable […]Read more "The medieval universe and a painting by Botticini"
I am revisiting the work of Amy Sillman because I am interested in how she exhibits her paintings/drawings in lines, like washing lines, very close together: or like this: I really love this format for form focussed works- such as my ink drawings. The works communicate to each other, a bit like a sentence. I […]Read more "Artist: Amy Sillman"
I listened to the episode ‘Everywhere: The Pond’ and it was so interesting. The way they asked the listener to walk to a pond, be that a puddle or a huge lake as the podcast was going. Then overlaid were sounds of someone walking in the natural landscape, the landscape itself, and people talking about […]Read more "A sound walk"
I have become interested in the idea of nature soundscapes, and how they can draw attention to a great empty space above me, framed with tall trees or perhaps just open sky with birds above. I’ve been thinking about how a natural soundscape could compliment my work in an exhibition space, particularly the instillation work […]Read more "Space in sound: listening nature soundscapes"
This is the first large glazed painting I have finished! I am happy with the results and I think it shows potential for the future. From start to finish: Next time I do one of these paintings I want to record each layer of glazing, which didn’t always happen here, and perhaps use a tripod […]Read more "Finished painting!"
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"