I was doing some dissertation work and I stumbled across these amazing images of the building Panini painted. I’d not thought to look at the real building because I assumed it wouldn’t be as grand and amazing in photographs, but it is! This stream of light coming down is exactly the type of thing I […]Read more "Imagery inspiration: Pantheon Rome"
Talking to Sarah about my work she named the technique that I have been trying to achieve: painting in greyscale to produce a sculptural effect. This aspect of grisaille was used particularly by the 15th-century Flemish painters (as in the outer wings of the van Eycks’ Ghent Altarpiece) and in the late 18th century to imitate classical […]Read more "Painting technique: Grisaille"
This book/ monograph/ essay (it’s a very ‘genre-bending’ novel) is on the subject of literary translation, and her experience of translating Roland Barthes. This was not meant to be related to my art practice, but I took one thing away from the book that I think is very applicable to my practice, and that is […]Read more "Book: This Little Art by Kate Briggs"
I wrote this on my phone when photocopying a page in a book last term. I found it sifting through my phone notes today, and thought it was still interesting: It’s interesting how a painting or a body of work can have no interest to you, until conceptually it has meaning. I am giving Amy […]Read more "A note on my phone when photocopying: Amy Sillman inspired"
I did my first plein air grey scale painting test, in my sketchbook. I did two pages in my sketchbook. I think it may have been beneficial to do some charcoal drawings of the landscape to warm up, instead of going straight in with painting. I’ll do that next time. After each painting I had […]Read more "Greyscale painting en plein air (phone notes)"
So I have been wanting to deal with transparency in my oil painting. But the problem I had was that I paint en plein air, in one short sitting, since my paintings are time and location based. In discussing this with Pip, she suggested painting outside in pure greyscale, and then adding colour onto the […]Read more "Idea: Black & White Painting with colour glazing ontop"
These have been helpful to watch before starting to play with glazing. I am starting with a very methodical mixing of pigments and colours, to get my head around the technique and see what effects I can produce. I am going to be using Liquin to begin with because I already have some in my […]Read more "Researching Glazing Techniques"
I want to deal with transparency in my painting this term. I want to do this because I felt my previous paintings block the viewer from ‘entering’ the painting and fully immersing themselves in the scene, because the marks of paint are so opaque, and literally block the eye from travelling far into the scene. […]Read more "Light through buildings inspiration"
I first found out about this exhibition from a Guardian article which interviews Kiefer on his seemingly random conceptual drive behind the landscape paintings he makes. Reading the article I was thinking ‘here is an artist who ties scientific and religious ideas to landscape painting… I NEED TO SEE THIS WORK!’. Sadly I never got […]Read more "Exhibition: Anselm Kiefer Superstrings, Runes, The Norns, Gordian Knot"
I didn’t have the patience to finish this painting tomorrow! So I went ahead and worked on it wet. This wet on wet process will have had an affect on the look of the finished painting, which is interesting. It’ll have that glossy, visceral look. I wanted to cover some of the bottom part of […]Read more "Finishing painting this new (and existentialist) idea"