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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

unwrapped, art for christmas

Sunday 27 November 2011

a short while back i was invited to contribute some small art for a christmas exhibition.

two very small abstract paintings on canvas, strata stripes

so, i made these, especially… diminutive free-standing square abstracts on canvas, which will be in the 2011 christmas art exhibition at the harleston gallery.

last year’s bumper christmas show was a great success, despite the hard times, perhaps because it was a welcoming, dynamic & eclectic mix of mostly small art without the usual detached sparseness of most art exhibitions (much as i like minimalism). there is also a communal spirit among local artists and it feels like a collaborative celebration of our efforts – and to exhibit work with artists who have become friends is always nice.

below are a few more pictures of the very small square abstracts. i enjoyed creating these small abstracts, a return to a minimalist-style interaction of colours, stripes and textures – even though i am now pursuing more naturalistic elements in my current work.

i have painted the sides & edges of the canvas white which gives the illusion of a frame, in contrast to the ‘wrap-a-round-the-sides‘ method i previously utilised in the icons series of small abstracts. so, i’m affectionately calling these small abstracts unwrapped art for christmas. the paintings measure about 11cm x 11cm, (they are now at the gallery, ready for the opening of the exhibition later in the week)…

small abstract painting on canvas, mustard yellow brown blue copper stratas

i would describe these striated colours as parchment, copper, darkest blue-black, light bark brown & mustard yellow ochre, which are framed by the matte white edges of the block canvas…

small abstract painting on canvas, ochre mustard brown blue-black strata stripes

this could be an abstract landscape, it could be something else, it’s the relationship of colours that i like (which do arise out of the landscape) but i often change my mind which way they should stand – but i think that’s ok…

small abstract painting on canvas, copper, brown, ochre yellow stripes

and yes, this small canvas does have a title….

small abstract painting on canvas, red, sand, ochre, gold strata stripes

on this second canvas, there are textured striations of a dark walnut brown-black, pale sand-stone, dark red & orange. below are the two small canvases pictured side by side, once again. i wish i had more time to make more mini-art…

small abstract paintings on canvas, red, sand, ochre, brown, copper gold, strata stripes

i think artists can be forgiven for partaking in the seasonal spirit of showing & selling at christmas art exhibitions. art will always make a unique & lasting gift, it obviously supports artists in what they do but it also benefits independent, local businesses in the process. so, art is for always really, not just for christmas.

i also have some work in the christmas exhibition at the reunion gallery (details below). it seems that mixed or group exhibitions ebb and flow with the seasons, with christmas often the busiest time…

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

a touch of frost, to 24 december 2011,  reunion gallery, felixstowe, suffolk

harleston gallery, christmas art exhibition

reunion gallery, christmas art exhibition

farmscapes, in focus

Saturday 12 February 2011

farmscape i - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas - by jazz green
[farmscape i 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape ii - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas
[farmscape ii 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape iii - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas
[farmscape iii 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape iv - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas
[farmscape iv 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape v - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas - by jazz green
[farmscape v 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape vi - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas
[farmscape vi 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape vii - abstract painting - mixed media on canvas
[farmscape vii 2010, mixed media on canvas]

farmscape abstract painting - artist studio
[and… possibly farmscape viii, in progress in the artist’s studio]

these paintings are all 60cm x 60cm, unframed…

i thought it was time to view some of my abstract farmscape paintings all together – and review some of my thoughts and words about them, as ‘quoted’ and collected in my artist journal [blog]…

what is the philosophy behind the farmscape paintings?  they remodulate, within a very reductionist format, both the farmyard and the fieldscape, a mathematical sense of order within an organic surface, as a means to challenge, subvert or recontextualise notions of a pastoral, romantic vision of the rural landscape. i actually view them as blind paintings, the ‘images’ that a sight-impaired person might conjure up in a touchy-feely, tactile environment devoid of spatial perspective... [this week]

the ‘farmscapes’ are meant to be very cool, sparse paintings, hinting at enclosure, mechanisation, rural industral landscapes, reducing the pattern and structure of agricultural land and its outbuildings to an economic geometry… [03.08.09]

another ‘farmscape’ [working title].. there is no reason to hurry.. it takes time.. and i am a slow painter… [18.08.09]

the ‘farmscapes’ are developing slowly, as i will wait for the cooler hues of autumn and winter to pervade my colouristic senses.. at present they look bereft of true colour – dark olive green, slate grey, ashen blue, taupe.. [25.08.09]

with a cooler palette of metallic greys, bronzes and blues… [18.02.10]

agriculture depends upon the seasons, and nature through its cyclical changes imparts its own identity on an otherwise structured landscape… [18.02.10]

there is a reference to landscape in colour and format, a modulation of stripes hint at the structures of agriculture – a farm (buildings) and its landscape (fields) distilled into one work, when viewed in both the horizontal and the vertical… [28.02.10]

the ‘farmscapes’ have their obvious mechanical, minimalist geometry, but on some days I question their formality, they seem too detached from their source… [08.02.10]

this led me to research the origin of the word farm, which as a verb has only been in use since the 19th century, the noun ‘farm’ derives from the Latin ‘firma’ meaning ‘fixed payment’ (from the Latin firmare) denoting a lease of land, later specific to agriculture… ‘firmare’ also leads to the word firmament, a tangible expression of the skies or heavens above… [03.08.09]

the landscape of East Anglia, broadly-speaking, with its patchwork pattern of arable fields and reclaimed fenland, especially when seen from above,  has all the obvious markings of a rural landscape shaped by man – a factory without a roof… [18.02.10]

this review has helped me refocus…