Monthly Archives: January 2010

on colour, ways and means

Thursday 28 January 2010

My colour values system, as a means to apply subjective titles to these very formalist small abstract works on canvas (and now, an untested method of contextual research-in-reverse),  has resulted in more virtual travels… this work is subsequently entitled Inca


Inca 2010, intaglio collagraph print and painting on paper on canvas

My research led me to a site of significant archaeological interest, now known as The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu (or ‘old peak’). Although it is estimated that the site at Machu Picchu was first constructed around 1450, after the rise and fall of the Inca empire (and the subsequent pillaging and vandalism) it was only formally re-discovered as an ancient site in 1911, by the Yale historian Hiram Bingham.

Here is everyone’s favourite tv traveller, Michael Palin, visiting this sacred site… Palin refutes claims that his many years of travelling the globe for tv purposes impacts on the green campaigns of various eco-groups, in that he conversely encourages the would-be-traveller to stay at home and watch from the comfort of the sofa instead… with a nice mug of hot chocolate made with Peruvian cocoa, no doubt…

doing the salsa [painting with red]

Tuesday 26 January 2010

Meet salsa, the next in a sequence of not-so-randomly-titled intaglio abstracts on paper on canvas, according to my colour rules


[SALSA, 2010 – mixed media intagio collagraph print on paper on canvas]

Salsa, being both a food (Spanish for sauce) and a latin dance or music, from Spain to Cuba (linking nicely to its companion piece, the painting Havana)…but it’s all about loving rust really… and my craving of anything with a little chilli… chocolate, soup, marmalade, bread…

I just typed in ‘salsa rust painting’ into google and curiously what was returned was an American poet, Jonathan Penton, who has two published anthologies, Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust – which I’ve yet to read (but I will)… within those few chosen words perhaps lies the bones of my next artist statement…