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 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"
I visited to see what was on at the moment. I saw the Jerwood Makers Open. Thought this body of work was interesting because it is based on forests! The work is by two artists who call themselves ‘Forest + Found’. From what I can remember the work was about expressing the experience of a […]Read more "Visit to Manchester Art Gallery 26.02.20"
The artists associated with Art Informel are sometimes called the international equivalents of the Abstract Expressionists. Coming to prominence in the years following World War II, they rejected pre-War art logic and made paintings from improvisation and experimentation. But unlike Abstract Expressionism, Art Informel wasn’t so much an art movement as it was an umbrella term for […]Read more "Art Informel"
A term I had not heard of until now. There’s a great definition of it on this website: https://www.ideelart.com/magazine/lyrical-abstraction , where it is defined as: Lyrical Abstraction is a seemingly self-defining term, and yet for generations its origin and meaning have been debated. The American art collector Larry Aldrich used the term in 1969 to define […]Read more "Lyrical Abstraction"
I want to put this shape of light onto my most recent large greyscale painting. This building – the Pantheon in Rome is the same building that Panini painted, and I am fascinated by this hole in the ceiling and the effect it can have. Before I go straight in and paint on the canvas, […]Read more "Glazing light in painting: digital mock up"
First time painting on a big canvas in oil paint outside! Weather: heavy grey sky to begin, very windy, stormy, then oncoming rain, then rain stopped and intense grey clouds behind me, blue skies and sunset clouds beginning to appear in front of me – unpredictable weather! I used only titanium white and ivory black, […]Read more "Large canvas en plein air -thoughts"
Another web find. I don’t think this idea would translate so well to a painting because the light I would be painting is ‘flat’ i.e. the panes of glass that are letting the light in are flat, and so if I painted the light onto the painting it wouldn’t describe the depth I would like. […]Read more "Imagery Inspiration: Gothic cathedral stain-glass windows"