Saturday, 16 July 2016

After Art Week - A quiet revolution

I look at my paintings and sometimes think they are shallow. Today I watched a video of the latest Tate exhibition of the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. Her landscapes have such depth to them that they have an ability to draw you in like a vortex ( as Alistair Sooke so eloquently put it.)

For a two dimensional medium to do this takes great skill.

I love sculptural form - but am not a sculptor. I sense the solidity of things. I strive to get integrity into my work. I search for form with paint and scratching into the plaster surface.

My work is not large and bold, but quiet - perhaps I need to be louder.

I have completed a painting on the random pour - it is taken from a sketch done from a cottage next to a stream pounding down a hill. The cottage is called -Nantyblodaubach.





I sat there in the evening sun listening to the stream pouring over stones in its gully down to the sea, in front of it a low wall was planted with aquilegia, early species tulips which were dying back, and valerian and aster.

The dying and opening of flowers a metaphor for life and death. the continuing cycle. Blossoming in the sun, attracting pollination, then fading.

I'm still searching for depth.


Paul

6 comments:

  1. You paint from yourself - how could you suddenly become louder? Well, I suppose you might become louder but it seems unlikely. So loud and integrity don't do it for you. Xxxx

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    1. There is a lot of loud stuff boiling away within sometimes Anne - would be interesting to see what comes out. I want to be able to release it. For me integrity is about facing both ?

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  2. Now that you have the time start churning out paintings. Don't think to much, don't judge just work on each until you can't think of anything else to do to it and then move directly onto the next. If you run out of plaster use variety of papers. In 3 months time have a thorough review and get people in to give spontaneous opinions. I'll come because one day I'll need you to do the same for me.xxRebecca, Osprey Studios.

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    1. Rebecca - thank you so much for this comment. Yes I need to move forward - It's a deal ! x

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  3. I like the small landscape at the bottom, did you do it? Very serene.

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    1. Yes - recently sold - I am just starting a new landscape series of the Beacons - having walked over them starting from the black mountains to Fan Ghyriych so far. Thank you for your comment :-)

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