Monthly Archives: December 2011

not a painting, not a sculpture

Wednesday 7 December 2011

more pictures from the artist’s studio. it’s not a painting, not a sculpture…

wood, bark, abstract art on panel

it’s quite dark in the cave and things dry quite slowly…

wood bark, trees, abstract art on panel

the remains of the day (a previous day, with a knife and fork)…

wood, trees, bark, abstract art sculpture

surface…

wood, bark, textural abstract sculptural art

texture…

wood, trees, bark, abstract art sculptural

edge…

things are not perfect. i won’t waste time with too many focused words today, people like to look at the pictures…

nature, reclaim, change, transience, decay, disintegrate, rot, renewal, trees, garden, prune, cut, lop, fell, fall, crack, axe, sort, stack, season, slumber, lumber, weather, time, rain, cold, drizzling, damp, heat, sun, haze, light, shadows, dark, layers, edges, shifting, shapes, scrapes, textures, crackling, fire, warmth, habitat, shelter, wood, bark, out of the woods, into the cave, art, no landscapes, no people…

i have been working in the evenings, mostly (in the dark cave, away from images of reality). i have enjoyed working on these new pieces although perhaps enjoy is not the most appropriate word in this context. the process of making feels very focused, methodical, mindful, intimate, quiet, intense, as the work begins to take on subtleties of surface and there is some excitement in them coming to a considered conclusion.

i can’t recall a famous artist ever saying that they love what they do. they may speak of passion, determination, a sense of enquiry or curiosity, about scenes & situations, the issues & incidents of life. to simply love art implies unconditional acceptance that everything is perfect (or at least, it feels right), but making art is always a struggle of the will to make meaningful new things, to make them in a way that makes sense (and purpose). however, like the wabi sabi phrase, ‘nothing is ever finished’, making art also feels like a thoughtful, ongoing conversation, the memory of which lingers strongly in the mind long after the event, to be resumed again on another day…

see also the previous post, on making art again

in other news… i have acquired a new book to read, which you might have deciphered from a previous post. i have only read the first few pages, my ears and eyes are very tired…

two more paintings, unwrapped

Saturday 3 December 2011

two very small abstract paintings on canvas, created especially for the harleston gallery’s christmas art exhibition (see more small paintings created for this art show in the previous post)…

textures stripes square abstract painting - red, black, grey white striations

this is a very small painting measuring about 12cm square, in oxide orange-red, black, brown, grey and white textural striations. the subtly layered, mostly neutral hues (aside from the wide band of red) suggest muted elements of winter with a seasonal accent of red. at first, i wanted to call this canvas ‘brickish’ as i liked the sound of the word (but i am not sure it even exists), but i have decided to name it ‘redland’, because i was also thinking of greenland (where some believe santa claus lives)

square abstract painting - red, black, grey white strata stripes

[redland, 2011]

textures stripes square abstract painting - red, black, greys, white textured striations

more rustic minimalism, with a more neutral palette of colours… textured, weathered stripes in dark brown-black, putty, grey blue, white and light grey. this small, square canvas also measures about 12cm square and its title is ‘barnwood’….

small abstract painting, barnwood - blue grey, brown and white textured stripes

textures stripes square abstract painting, barnwood - greys, brown, light blue-grey, white striations

[barnwood, 2011]

square abstract paintings stripes

click to see more small abstract paintings in the harleston gallery’s christmas exhibition

if you live in norfolk (or suffolk), do visit out the harleston gallery, as there is an abundance of unique art & handmade crafts to browse, from small paintings and prints to ceramics, textiles and jewellery. they have a lovely café too. i thoroughly recommend the greek walnut cake with cinnamon syrup – it was delightful!

harleston gallery christmas show, 1 – 24 december 2011, harleston gallery, norfolk