Monthly Archives: November 2008

lucid, with a camera

Sunday 23 November 2008

A few straightforward photographs, taken over the last couple of days. Sensing a chill, and knowing that snow was forecast, I purposely wrenched myself from the relative comfort of home into the real environment…

view over water - a lake

the day before the snow came; fresh, crisp, chilled air…

snow over fields and hill

about 3.30pm, as the sun lowered…

a found drawings - bird footprints in snow winter

a found drawing; the footprints of a bird perfectly match the tracks of a vehicle…

hedgerow in winter with snow

a hedgerow of ferns and grasses…

stubble field in winter - snow

field stubble….

What I find most interesting in this light frosting of snow is how it blurs the boundaries of property, the shape of the land is more pronounced, the tracks and traces of nature and man more evident. Light is more reflected, the simple hedgerow, scrub and stubble of fields reveal the subtle array of natural born colours: russet, soft putty, straw, mustard, copper, dark chocolate, amber, khaki, moss… This has led me to explore more the condition of synesthesia, where the wiring of the senses get slightly crossed, colours are tasted, textures are heard, shapes make noise. Could I, in some small way, be a synesthete or do I just attach symbolic or associated meanings to the appearance of things?

Shapes and forms don’t necessarily make sounds of course, but my interest in them is nearly always different to their reality; the juxtapositions and contrasts make discordant noises, they pulsate with hidden activity, the fierce bubbling of rust, the loud raspings of metal on metal, the crackle of old wood, the stringy toffee of dried grasses, the liquorice of freshly ploughed soil… or maybe I’ve read one too many Dulux colour charts….

fifty and rising

Saturday 22 November 2008

I am still committed to completing the personal milestone of one hundred abstract paintings on paper. I have scanned and uploaded fifty so far to my art for sale page on Etsy (a laborious task as I adjust levels and curves on each one to achieve something close to the miniature painting in front of me).

During the scanning process, grouping paintings according to colour; the muted hues of late summer or autumn, the cool blue-green tones of the coast…

Jazz Green : Small works on paper : Contemporary British abstract art for sale, to buy, on Etsy.com

This series of small works are simply titled I to C (Roman numerals), a play on I See, a sense of order in an intuitive painting process…

Giving work titles is often a tricky task for artists, keeping an open mind about how things appear, what you see is what you get, all responses are valid… my ideas are part of the experiential process, distilled, alchemical, serendipitous, an obsession with the smallest of details in the disintegrating environment, signifiers of time and mortality of all things… the past, present and future, from memory, feeling and experience… i hope the series as a whole conveys the sense of landscape, each unique but related to the next in the sequence…. I have depicted them here framed as a set of three.

ten edgescapes, london

Wednesday 19 November 2008

A couple of shots of the installation of my work at Centrepoint in London – the exhibition is on until January 13, 2009; for visitor info email or visit the Targetfollow website…

Centrepoint exhibition, London 2008 : Jazz Green : Edgescape paintings, contemporary abstract art for sale, available to buy in london.

Edgescapes: Mire (aka marsh), Corros and Costa…

Centrepoint exhibition, central London, to January 2009 : Jazz Green : Edgescape paintings, contemporary modern art abstracts on sale, buy now

Edgescapes: Fyre, Fenn and Rost…

Ten Edgescapes (including Meld, Haze, Voda and Mist…)