on achieving a perfect lichen-ness [part three]

the current state of play, the ongoing engagement with the surface, shown here in the sixth (current) state…

the lichens have landed (but are likely to populate still further)…

there have been many, many states in this particular painting but i only have six full-on shots (some of the work is done in the horizontal)…

strangely, have not really referred to any particular photograph – perhaps this is wise; i do not want to end up with a botanical illustration…

given that the above images do not adequately portray the finer workings of the surface – my primary concern – that of the layering process, of embedding a pictorial history of its making… i have taken these detailed images today, a made-to-measure, ground survey…

[the yellow tape measure is in cms]

[myriad colours from grey green, bisque to violet, prussian blue, a ruddish brown]

[splatterings of ochre yellow, mustard, showing the textural quality of the surface]

no-one looks at paintings this closely, so not sure why i do – i suppose i  like the painting within a painting…like something unearthed, buried deep within the layers, the rebirth of a painting within a painting – which leads nicely onto my next exhibition news (which, to make things a tad more organised around here, i will put into a new post)…

2 Comments

  1. Jazz
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    somebody asked me, what happened with the trees?? well, i have still continued to sketch them, but i have this influence of klimt’s paintings weighing on my mind – very obviously about the surface, denying depth, dense and abstracted, with intricate pattern and jewel-like colous… and, here’s a thing, nearly always in a square format… not sure about klimt’s reasons (i had read he used a viewfinder to select his landscapes) but my commitment to the square consolidates the ongoing enquiry into surfaces, surfaces as a visual metaphor (eek!), it seems more impartial, democratic, objective, precise, self-containing, no iinfluence from the standard orientations… and there are analogies to specimens, samples, maps – the perfect measure of the grid!!

    i have a thing about (concentric) circles too – when/if ever i get rich i will get custom-made some discs or panels…

  2. Posted July 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Having studied some actual lichens at close quarters today, it’s wonderful to see what a ‘lichen-ness’ you’ve managed to achieve, Jazz – by no means ‘illustrative’, but a profound dialogue between the processes of painting & nature, with the former somehow miraculously resembling the latter…it’s just a shame that photos & the computer screen are smooth flat, one can only imagine a ‘tactile’ encounter with the painting itself, to really ‘feel’ the textures with one’s eyes…