I had never thought music was something that influenced what I paint. This now seems a bit silly, since when I think back to plein air painting moments that were really great, I was always listening to something. Most memorably to classical music. I listent to this podcast called Classical Fix. It’s a BBC show […]Read more "Music in the painting process"
I picked this red underpainting to add around the blue mesh in the middle. It feels positive to get rid of the white background and fill the canvas! I have been thinking a bit about the boundary between the ‘heavenly’ or the ‘otherworldly’ and the touchable, earth we spend our lives on. This was inspired […]Read more "Painting Process: Red underpainting"
To picking a canvas size and shape. Through doing the sketch I figured out what distance the concentric circles need to be from each other, as they expand outwards, to create the illusion of looking up at a large globe like shape. The right size globe that fits with the massive size of the sky! […]Read more "Painting a structure for the sky: Process"
Honoured to be a part of DegreeArt’s virtual exhibition ‘Locked + Loaded’ which launched last night. It was a wonderful experience to ‘meet’ the other artists on a zoom opening event, and get to know the DegreeArt team more. There have been many silver linings amongst the unexpected new challenges faced in 2020. Our first […]Read more "Locked + Loaded Virtual Exhibition"
I am working on a painting that I started a few weeks before the first lockdown began in March. I was so excited about the prospect of this new mode of painting back then, and couldn’t wait to experiment with this canvas. It’s now nearly eight months later and I’m no longer excited about the […]Read more "Glazing Painting Continued"
Degree art has released a short get to know the artist interview, asking me a range of questions, about my art inspiration, about me, my university degree, and my hopes for the future.Read more "Meet the Artist Degree Art Interview"
Trying to capture the sensation of looking at this view of the sky in person, which I now can only remember, and attempt to re-experience in my memory. The canvas or paper will never be big enough to contain such a vast view. So I use sculptural drawing methods to create the (illusion of) the […]Read more "Bringing the dome shape to life"
I hadn’t heard of Albert Irvin before, and I don’t know why! His work has a crushing immediacy to them, the marks he makes have real weight to them, which I want to look at and read about. In this Tate video, he says that abstract painting has an ‘immediacy’ and direct-ness to it. He […]Read more "Artist: Albert Irvin"
Passages from the Freelands Painting Prize Catalogue 2020. I now know there are things to be learnt from reading what someone has written about your own artwork – especially if that person is a very eloquent writer! If you want to pick up a copy of the catalogue all the details are here. any address […]Read more "Excerpts from Ben Streets Essay ‘Making Room’"