Artmasters 2015

I would like to thank Anna Fairchild for curating Artmasters at The Old Truman Brewery  over the weekend. I showed and met with a group of fantastic MA Fine Art graduates from around the country. It was an invaluable experience. Thank you for all of you who attended and bought my work. I hope you enjoyed the vibrant and eclectic mix of artworks.

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Studio Assessment Preparation.

Using the wall as my canvas I played with sitting surfaces next to each other,  re-arranging them to explore different thoughts and meanings. I have focused on selecting and presenting work that best represents my intention, the allusion of place with a deep sense of feeling and emotion. I have learnt that the space changes the work. I have arrived at two separate assemblages that are in conversation, representing where I am now. It was important to include elements from and of place.

 

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Clare Thatcher.

Transience of place I

Transience of place II

In the studio

It is really good to be back in my studio this week at Bath Spa University. I have been preparing my space for my studio module assessment, making sure decisions about what is and isn’t working.

I am considering what the work is saying by using the wall as my canvas to arrange works that connect in a way that alludes to my subject, the transience of place. This is where I have arrived at.IMG_1781

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At the moment these are hung as two separate assemblages.

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Work in progress

In the studio I have been experimenting with the placement of my work to see how they work together by
rearranging the composition, thinking about size, format and the combination of materials.

 

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I think this is an interesting format and they work well together, as one piece is flat colour and the other has textures added to the surface in the form of paint and materials.IMG_1626

 

I left this painting on paper to rest for a number of weeks until I knew what to add. I have added modelling paste mixed with paint, fragments of a drawing and a grey wash to enhance certain areas.imageIMG_1621

In the studio

Today I have been experimenting with different modelling pastes on their own and mixed with an acrylic colour one way of adding a texture to my paintings. I am colouring the paste to give a ground colour to then paint over with oil paint.

I have made a few sample canvases.

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I applied Lascaux Structura and acrylic yellow ochre at the top and Natural Lascaux modelling paste C and acrylic yellow ochre on the bottom with a palette knife. Leave to dry overnight and I will apply another coat tomorrow. The structura is less coarse than the natural modelling paste. It was easy to apply over the burlap. Leaving part of the burlap is interesting.

Galeria heavy structure gel-very smooth easy to apply and dries clear.

Lascaux Structura-light-creamy-easy to colour-dries white and when coloured dries dark.

Natural Lascaux modelling paste A-very thick-added with acrylic medium becomes a creamy consistency.

Natural Lascaux modelling paste B-coarse gritty and easy to apply.

Natural Lascaux modelling paste C-very coarse and gritty.

In the studio

Today I rearranged my work to take a step back to allow reflection. IMG_1515

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Oil paint glazes on aluminium.

I added beeswax to Purple Lake to make a buttery consistency and these denser areas of paint really stand away from the glaze.

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Oil paint on aluminium & oil paint on burlap

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Oil paint on canvas & oil paint and burlap on plywood.