Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Summer Exhibition at RA : Paintings

113 Terry Setch  RA
  An  expedition up to town  yesterday  to drop  off my quilt entries for  the Festival of Quilts to Upper Street Events offices then to the Royal Academy for the Summer Exhibition.  I've recently got  a new Windows phone and   besides taking my usual notes in my sketchbook of what I like and marking the numbers off in the List of Works, I became one of those sad people taking photos with my phone. Only as an aide memoire -  this year the RA have a wonderful app with  a searchable  list (Summer Exhibition Explorer ) of all the works on  display ( a by- product of online entries)  and  the train journey home sped by in an instance ( as did my phone battery....)   These are some of the paintings that caught my eye, starting with Academicians. I've given the  catalogue numbers so you can search for yourselves.
Looking at what I've chosen, it's clear  what influence my recent City Lit course has had - they are  mostly very much about the paint itself ; multiple layered, sometimes with glimpses of  unexpected base colours showing through; a  sense of space. Sometimes it's difficult to work out what's going on , many of them are simplified coastal scenes/landscapes. Most of all,  work  to aspire to , how I'd like to  paint. Enjoy!!   
849 Sonia Lawson RA

 50 Mick Moon  RA

70 Frank Bowling RA

71 Sean Scully RA

89 Jennifer Durrant RA

95 Anthony Whishaw RA

 107 Anthony Whishaw RA

863 Karl Bielik

77 Jannette Kerr

165 Peter Arscott

166 Karolina Gacke

187 Nicholas Blanning

194 Sophie Beddingham Smith

195 Joan Doerr

207 Mark Rochester

215 Dick Hewitson

238 Sandra Beccarrelli

 ( Sandra was  imaginative evening class tutor in Brentford , so pleased to see her work chosen. )
411 Mhairi McGregor

414 Vanessa Gardner

416 Jane Cordery

434 Nicholas Bush

450 Julian Sutherland-Beatson

463 Frances Hatch

482 Georgia Mason

492 Paul Fowler
( Faversham painter of local  area ,  work seen in Beaney in Canterbury)

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Nautical Festival in Faversham

 Continuing the boat theme of recent posts, it was lovely to see the Thames barges and other boats  down by Faversham Creek yesterday , part of the annual Nautical Festival. We visited it last year while we were house-hunting - the 31st will be the anniversary of having our offer accepted for  our house.

 Elsewhere in town there were at least 6 Morris 'sides' performing  organised by the 'Maenads' (Wild women of Kent) shown below. A taste of what's  in store  for the Hop Festival in September.

 And as for once I had my camera with me when shopping, some photos of the gate  leading to St Mary's Church ( the brick building is  an ex-brewery, now Tesco's)

Monday, 18 July 2016

Reading a Paint Surface: Photoshop and Moving into Fabric

  Life has been on hold the last couple of weeks  looking after Ian who had surgery  on 5th July.  He's making progress   but I'm sleeping on the fold up bed which isn't very comfortable and  what sleep I get is punctuated by checking up on him a couple of times during the night.  I have a lot of admiration for full time carers -  hopefully we've only got another week of this .  There's not much time  or energy spare for creativity but I've been  playing around in Photoshop  using photos of my final 2 pieces: adjusting  hue, saturation  and using 'invert' function. I first  used this for the exercises during Elizabeth Barton's Abstract art for quiltmakers as  it inverts tones as well as colour  giving unexpected results. 

 These 2 pictures, above and below, were the originals, ( cropped to portrait format), the remainder inversion , some of them after changes to hue.

Then these 2  below are changes in hue and saturation of my favourite part of the painting where the layers of paint and brushstrokes are evident.

I've printed most of these out on Jacquard inkjet cotton sheets ( having restocked my supplies with  2 packs of 30 , that should keep me going for a while....)  These are currently marinading on my design wall while I decide how to use them as Journal Quilts .
Also in the post besides  inkjet supplies was a copy of  Jane Dunnewold's  'Creative Strength Training' which I  pre-ordered. I've started reading it  and thinking about the exercises but first I want to crystallise my understanding of  the 'Reading a Paint Surface' course now I've had time to ponder what the take -home messages are for me. By coincidence, this week's  Painters Key's  post 'returning to a cold easel' offers a  different perspective  on the same subject.
“The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared.” (Georges Braque)

Friday, 1 July 2016

Reading a Paint Surface week 5: Additions and Reverse Gear

 Final week of 'Reading a Paint Surface' at City  Lit   was about  thinking and working strategically - looking at areas  in our  paintings  where there was a deficiency; referring again to our source material  and working out the evolution of how to get there, laying something down speculatively then  working up the layers with thicker paint ( or using the 'reverse gear ' and wiping it off).Also to vary the marks and textures across the surface through  changes to velocity, thickness of paint, layers of colour.  We  started with peer feedback  of our work -  1 person thinking the areas  to keep and those to change the complete opposite of my own opinions, someone else being rather more on my wavelength. Both valuable as it makes you articulate  why you like a particular part .
 ' Green Libra' needed the  most work  doing to it , I'd scribbled over some photos  while on the train, deciding it needed  most on upper right : a bigger overlap of shapes ; more definition of the  lines particularly the negative shapes.  The tutors suggestion was to use a palette knife with orange to bring definition to that area
  I did that  and added some dark areas  and white  with the palette knife ( it certainly made it 'pop'!) However it was too heavy handed , time to apply that 'reverse gear' and remove the paint - much better.
 The final version works when desaturated too which is a relief !

Meanwhile ' Red Libra' was almost there just needed something to knock back the areas which weren't of interest ( top and right) which distracted from the main parts. This is where working on 2 painting at once came in, using ideas from one painting in the other . In this case I borrowed the green underpainting colour and applied a glaze over these areas including some nice drippy bits ( see picture at top for detail)

My 2 paintings side by side -  by no means finished  but I had an absolute ball  working on them, Although I've enjoyed the drawing and print courses, colour and paint was always my first love.
I'm now looking at painting courses for the Autumn term