Open studios

I am opening my studio to the public for the first time. Showcasing a selection of my latest paintings and drawings from a large body of work titled ‘Transition of Place, paintings, 2016’. From 29 April to 8 May as part of the Severn Vale art trail 2016. Please do come. All welcome.

New work

As part of my new liminal space series of waterfalls. I have been working on location, a visit to The Cleddon falls, Trellech,Wye Valley and in my new studio ‘Clash Art space’ in Thornbury, South Glos. Drawing locates me in the place, a way of finding things out, making different drawings of colour and composition. Whilst thinking about paintings I want to make, experiencing a sense of place.

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Pencil and charcoal drawings on location.

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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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.

In the studio

I have had a productive day in the studio, arranging, reflecting, adding and removing to develop the work further.IMG_0037

Oil paint on ceramic tile.

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Oil paint and graphite on paper.

I knocked back the vibrant colours with a thin glaze of zinc white to give a good ground to continue work on. The piece, top right, I prepared the ground with graphite powder to take to the shoreline along with other prepared papers to experience the natural elements. I have arranged them in this format to see how they work as a panelled piece. I think this is working but I would like to play around with the arrangement.

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Oil paint on aluminium.

I added a thin glaze of Sap Green to the French Ultramarine and Purple Lake it is beginning to allude to my subject.IMG_1505

Oil paint on plywood and burlap.

This is my first attempt of putting oil paint on burlap. It has gone on a bit patchy, the surface is rough and uneven and grabs the pigment. It is a thin glaze of Purple Lake. I will put another coat on when dry and see what happens. I think the plywood offsets the burlap well when placed together.