This post is replicated from my PoP blog because this module, as the previous one, is likely to be dominated by the threats and constraints placed on all of us by this global pandemic. 15th March 2020. As a note for the chronology of this set of circumstances, and because the relevance of those circumstances may not immediately come to mind in the future, Europe is now the epicentre of the Coronavirus (CORVID-19) pandemic. Here in the UK, those of us over 70 years of age or with health vulnerabilities are advised to stay away from enclosed spaces and to … Continue reading Coronavirus: COVID-19
After completing the first pair of paintings in quite an abstract style, I’m intending to make a further two pairs in increasingly less abstract style, reflecting the eventual resolution of the studio environment. Today/tomorrow there are electricians, on Monday there … Continue reading Part 5, Assignment 5 – preparatory work (A2 painting #3)
Two Tents. These are in the garden filled with the other half of my studio contents, waiting for their new home to be completed. So far, they’ve withstood some serious winds and torrential downpours with only a slight shift in … Continue reading Part 5, Assignment 5 – preparatory work (A2 painting #2)
Building on the earlier sketches, I’ve begun making larger paintings using the same initial images and extracts from the I Ching and Tao Te Ching. I mistakenly chose a different page from the latter, thereby adding a further layer of … Continue reading Part 5, Assignment 5 – preparatory work (A2 painting #1)
In a favourable time and situation, never neglect the unfavourable potential. In an unfavourable time and situation, never act abruptly and blindly. And in adverse circumstance, never become depressed and despair. From the Tao of I, quoted by Alfred Huang … Continue reading Part 5, Assignment 5 – preparatory work (1)
STARCK Official Website – Enter Philippe Starck’s universe | Starck 1949- Starck is reputed to begin any visit to a new city by checking out its rubbish because this, he feels, gives him a truer sense of the city’s identity. … Continue reading Part 5, exercise 5.4 – rubbish
This task asks for a study of a corner of a room at different times of day. Interiors have, historically, been a staple of the painter’s repertoire, often as background to figurative work such as portraits or the pre-photography equivalent … Continue reading Part 5, exercise 5.3 – the corner of a room
I’m including this serendipitous piece here because the module has as its key objective the exploration of painting media and while there was no intent behind it, I think it has opened another door on both the way media can work and how outcomes might be judged. I posted it initially on Instagram with the question, art or palette? Most people dodged the challenge but some made their pitch – it was art. I felt I had to come clean so I told them it wasn’t, it was my palette. One person said then that it was both art and … Continue reading Art or Palette?
Recommended artists. Gilbert & George born 1943, born 1942 | Tate Jane Grisewood Artist RICHARD LONG OFFICIAL IRATIONAL Curriculum Vitae – Heath Bunting. mario rossi | Saatchi Art Home | Robert Priseman (robert-priseman.com) The task is to make five sketches … Continue reading Part 5, exercise 5:2 – sketches of something seen on a walk.
Recommended artists: Mimei Thompson — home Thomas Hall – 5 Artworks for Sale on Artsy Richard Dadd 1817–1886 | Tate This exercise, as part of a focus on the local environment, asks for a detailed painting of weeds in the … Continue reading Part 5, exercise 5:1 – weeds
I made the decision to submit this piece as the assignment. Above is the version digitally contained in a black surround using Paintshop Pro. The raw images are below. None has been digitally enhanced. The developmental process, including early stages … Continue reading Part 4, Assignment 4 – interior in tondo format