Experiments in the Studio
Primed Paper Ready for an Image
Beginnings. I've: had an enormously satisfying month experimenting with paint on paper. My art teacher once said to me -Let the paint do the work - he was so right. This phrase became part of my art practise. I often spend happy mornings moving colours around with rollers and palette knives to create unusual effects. But I can't mess forever. Once the primed medium is dry, be it paper, board or canvas, it is time to get to work..
So what can I see in the above sheet of coloured paper? My friend saw an angel of death but I've just walked the dog across the moors and so a wild pony springs to mind. I will post the result in a couple of weeks time because, for me, these works are not instantaneous creations.
The Middle Stage: Here I am working on board. An image of roots around a rock has sprung into my mind. Last week we walked to Carn Euny the Iron Age settlement behind our home where there is a marvelous tree with all its roots exposed and wrapped around a huge piece of granite. I store this visual memory but will travel where the paint takes me now I'm in the studio.
In short - this is like turning my memory inside out and shaking the contents onto the studio floor.
Completed Work: After a long conversation on the phone to my friend about the desert and the people of the desert I thought of the women and began to pull out images. Life drawing classes go a long way towards these final studies and although I go with the flow of the paint a little anatomical knowledge is very helpful..
Just as you can see shapes in the clouds or a Madonna in a pizza so you can create mystical subjects on a primed board. It's a very satisfying way of loosening up in the studio and sometimes the results are unexpectedly pleasing!.
I plan my paintings outside. All that sketching and note-taking is very important when I see something to paint.. But the work is laid down in the studio. There are successes and failures and I want to show you what goes on.in this private space.