Sunday, 2 February 2020

New Year, New Project

Last week small canvases and paints were retrieved from my leaky studio and work has started on a little project I've been mulling over for some time. Ever since a visit to Southampton City Art Gallery and seeing a small still life of a pear I have been thinking about challenging myself with learning to paint contemporary still life, so now seemed the perfect opportunity to weave that into a busy schedule.
So far so good. The size is perfect for in the house, and working in the evening with constant lighting has also paid off.
So here I am working out formal spaces, thinking about colour, form and texture and what I actually want to convey through the style of the work. As ever I have been drawn to American artists, in particular William Bailey, Todd M. Casey and William M. Harnett who's work I saw a few years ago in New York.

William Bailey's paired down vision

Todd M. Casey, 'Entomologist'

William M. Harnett

I love the paired down look by William Bailey because the space lets everything breathe and the rhythmical shapes and colour combinations have calming aesthetics. Todd M. Casey's work has a sense of narrative to it. It makes me think he's just raided someones ruck sack or kitchen and makes me ask who owns this stuff! And William M. Harnett for his amazing skill and use of paint.
Luckily I have plenty of objects to paint so I haven't had to scratch around in the back of any cupboards. It has been important that my objects are personal to me, after all there has to be a reason to paint them in the first place. 

First try at an underpainting on board

The more I look the more combinations open up to explore, but most importantly they have to be beautiful so I suspect that, while I suffer with a leaky roof, I will be producing many small (and possibly large) still life paintings for you to see.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Cornish Re-location

It's been a year of hard decisions, long conversations and a huge amount of work but at last I have been able to re-locate my studio to beautiful Cornwall. Inspired by the wild and rugged landscape I was hoping to be settled by the Summer and working towards exhibitions and Open Studio events. Unfortunately my new studio has a leaky roof and since we've had non stop rain for several months I have had to de-camp to the house.
Moving Day

A chaotic studio with no electricity and a leaky roof
As the canvases and printing press are all tucked away in bubble wrap for the moment I have been focusing on my sketchbook and planning new prints for my Etsy shop. I have no choice but to focus on getting money together before I do anything else, but in a funny way it's making time for smaller paintings, in particular some still life paintings and using linocut prints to stock my Etsy shop which has been nothing but neglected with moving house.
Looking to stock up my Etsy shop over the next few months
I'm sure by the time I can get back into my studio I will have done all my prep for all the big canvases that are just sitting there waiting.