Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Abstract Painting

"moon howl"
acrylic on canvas

Well, again Phillip has inspired another post with a question about abstract art and my interest in it. I painted "moon howl" in 98. I did try to incorporate text into it,but wasn't happy with it and so partly obscured it.

Did these in 2002 and they are acrylic reverse paintings on plastic. These were so much fun to do, just playing with paint, smudging it with my fingers, scratching out paint and layering colours.
Here is a list of some of my favourite abstract painters. Jackson Pollock Rothko Franz Kline Love this Robert Motherwell painting. My all time favourite Howard Hodgkin My mum and I saw his print exhibit at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last September and some of the work was beautiful (images on the net don't do them justice at all).

Friday, January 19, 2007

sketchbook: ex-voto painting

"As a child I dreamed of cats howling at the moon
heads following in the night.
The wolf stalks, breath is cold and my heart beats & beats & beats.
I prayed let this night be over, be over, be over,
but the head still follows
the wolf waits in the dark corners
there is no escape
from the demons that haunt us in the night."

Obviously this isn't what the original ex-voto that I used as inspiration for my sketchbook version said. The text is a moment in a child's life, mine.
It is acrylic and pen on paper and then coated it with kyrlon crystal glaze.
I have always had a love of ex-voto's, partly because it uses text in the paintings. I have never quite figured out how to use text in my paintings and so I find them inspiring.
Here is a link to some really beautiful ones.
History of ex-voto paintings.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Rose is a Rose

"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."
which translates to
"things are what they are".

One of my earliest lessons in drawing was not to draw what you *think* you see, but what it is and what you see. The painting study on the left was about seeing light/dark and shapes (I squinted my eyes when looking at the rose). The drawing on the right is obviously about only seeing edges.
All about Roses
"The rose is the national flower of England amd the United States"
A red rose (often held in a hand) is also a symbol of socialism or social democracy.

Rose Petal Ice Cream

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sketchbook: african violets

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Drawing of African Violets from life using black and white conte crayon on grey drawing paper.
"To the ancient Romans, violets were the symbol of mourning and of affection for the the ancient greeks the violet symbolized humility, even timidity...In Christian art, the violet symbolizes the Virgin Mary’s humility". Read here why purple violets came to represent mourning.

Ophelia wore a garland of violets around her neck in the painting by MillaisImage source