on going green, again

introducing three new small works on wood panel, entitled (out of the) wood/shed I, II and III…

for a little intrigue & mystery i thought i would covertly spy on my own art…

trying to get a closer look at the intricate works of green… what are they and how is it done?

well, from wood to pulp to paper to pulp to wood, with an etching tool, some oil pigment and a little linseed oil… there is something of the aesthetic of decay about them but we might also call them modern abstract paintings for now… it seems that all of my drawing in the woods influenced the making of these works, albeit in a less than conventional way…

[tree bark, sketchbook, drawing in the woods, september 2009]

this is an experiential walk into the woods (i don’t recall much of the sky)… i went into the woods to escape and be immersed… it is really about life within life, small, transient, fleeting, the slowness of process, a quiet reminder of the nature of things… and it seemed natural to work with just wood and paper…

wood mould bark decay green

i am just looking at the edges (again, an obsession of mine)… and wondering if the sides should be painted white to contrast with the dark wood wall (on which they will be hung)… or perhaps matt black? or the deepest, darkest green? (but no tarnished gold this time)…

woods bark decay green

it’s a many green textured and decaying thing (again)… green can be a difficult colour to work with but i rather like it as it signifies life, change and constant renewal… i hope to make art that expresses what it ‘feels like’, as the experience is not a perfect picture, it becomes a personal memory born out of many psychological factors, beyond the visual…

wood shed decay green bark textured abstract paintings triptych on panels

(out of the) wood/shed I, II and III, 2011, paper and oil on wood

these three small paintings (or works on wood) will be exhibited along with seven more works (of mine, along with many other works by the other paticipating artists) at the forthcoming artworks art group exhibition at blackthorpe barn in central suffolk, which runs from 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)…

people i know often tell me that they read this ‘blog’ and so if on reading this you have not been to an artworks exhibition before and would like to attend the special private view evening in early september, then please email me and i will make sure that you receive an invite. thank you to all those that have shown support for my art, especially over the last few difficult months – it means a lot.

this will be my second year exhibiting with the artworks group and this year i will have ten small works in the show. i am looking forward to the opportunity of showing some of my art in this popular annual art exhibition.

wood shed decay green bark textured abstract painting on panel

artworks exhibition, blackthorpe barn, suffolk, 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)

Artworks is a dynamic professional art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists. Each September we have a showcase exhibition at the historic Blackthorpe Barn in the heart of rural Suffolk.


  1. charlie
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Very intriguing new work! Thanks for showing us some glimpses! I like the way i can see the texture of decomposing bark covered in lichens and mould such as an Ash, or the vertical strips of different values of green could be sunlight and vertical tree strcuctures etc, whilst the horizontal formats/support place us in a landscape. these seem to be moving in a new direction for you Jazz? Wishes.

  2. Posted August 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Hi Jazz, these look very interesting. I rather like the voyeuristic shots that you started your post with (made me feel like David Bellamy peering through the undergrowth and stalking the paintings) If only I could visit the exhibition…. I think i would need to reach out and touch them to experiance the tactile qualities. (As an aside, do you ever take rubbings of the surface of your finished paintings?) I’m hoping that you will do a post showing your work on display (hint..hint..) I love the greens, I think because you have used them in a very neutralised and naturalistic way with enough tonal difference to lift them.
    I wish you a very creative week.

  3. Posted August 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Dear Jazz, it’s always such an inspiration to visit your site, find out what you’re up to, see your latest work. Looking forward to Artworks. best wishes, Gillian

  4. Jazz
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    thanks charlie,

    very observant, you seem to read my paintings so very keenly, as i want them to be experienced – thank you again!

    a new direction perhaps, or just the mild panic of creeping middle age, realising that the clock is ever ticking and that i must just get on with it and make the work i want to make – in tune with myself & nature (perhaps)…

  5. Jazz
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    thank you lisa!

    yes, i was indeed thinking of furtively walking again through the dense greenery of the dark woods – also appears as if i am stalking trees in a pantomime “tree” costume, though!

    i was going to make embossed prints of the surface but these blocks were too deep to go through my small press, but have previously experimented with plaster of paris to get some interesting imprints – frottage would create an interesting result too – a la Max Ernst…

    yes, will hopefully have some more pics when the exhibition is good ‘n’ up.

  6. Jazz
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    thank you for dropping by GX, and most heartened by your kind words

    i am panicking slightly because my work will be next to CS and my work is so very small in comparison – but the whole show will look splendid (and the shop too, of course)

    i may do another sneaky reveal of some other new works before the opening…

  7. charlie
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I like your idea of experience not being a ‘perfect picture,’ which it isn’t as it is a complex process of incoming perception mixed with recollection. So abstract art is a true mix of hints of the external and also of the richness and depths of the interior life. Works that I enjoy seems to fire off chains of associations that bridge internal and external.

  8. Jazz
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    thank you again – nicely put, a mix of memory + perception… i try not to talk up the psychological aspect as it’s just a natural part of being an artist, responding to personal feelings and events, but those associations are always there…