Sunday, 19 November 2017

Urban boxes ( 3 )

Had a poor week in paint ! He ho. I think it's often what happens when you start a new project, in this case the urban boxes and it goes well initially. Then there's a swing the other way and I think it's because as artists we feel under pressure to produce a painting as good ( in your own judgement ) as the last ones. Mmmm. In a way as Artists we do put blocks in front of ourselves, often no one else puts them there. Mmm. To overcome a block maybe the last thing you should do is NO painting. But for some reason , it's easier not to go into the studio , or to go in and do nothing. Added into that this week , I was trying the Golden liquid acrylics and that seemed exciting but a little daunting.

I did try the acrylics but they didn't go well for me. I have toiled over these two pieces and will surely paint over them on another day. This piece was 6 inches by 12 inches. I had made a frame out of wood on the back and about 12 coats of gesso later tried a print start with the gelli pad and acrylic paint. Didn't work so well , so have had loads of goes at it with the fluid acrylics. The acrylic soaked right into the gesso, nothing like the paper.

Urban box no 7. Acrylic on board.


Urban box no 8 . Acrylic on board, 12 inches sq.


I started with random golden fluid and put down acrylics on top. This type of intuitive painting is , for me, about putting the paint down and watching for something to appear, preferably a mill or an urban scene.

What did I want from these ? ......shapes....feelings.....colours....memories...
How did I do.....ok
What did I like ? The shape and size of the pieces, the fact that they are finished pieces in their own right and don't have to be framed,the colours, some shapes.....
Where could I go next ? Continue with the fluid acrylics, make some more boxes, don't be too hard on myself....be a bit more definite about the shapes to include......

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Urban marks on boxes (2)

So this week was the start of a next 30 day challenge. Urban marks on boxes. I was trying to get the urban marks to work in a more robust piece of art....often with the work on paper, I don't do anything with it, I stack it.....I often don't like them in frames and I don't like them behind glass....but yet as a surface in themselves they are often fragile and vulnerable.

It's been completely different working on board or cotton covered board. I needed to make the boxes first of all which is a feat in it's own right. Some , I covered in cotton, others primed in gesso and then acrylic.that massively slows down the Art.....not neccesarily a bad thing. With the paper ones I could create one a day but the boxes are a different matter, slower, more space inbetween each coat of paint.



Above....boxes in various stages. I had the Mdf cut into 12 inch square pieces at B and Q. Lovely man that cut them and I came home and got going.....but when I am making the frame for the back, I use the pieces of board to mark the frame wood....hence I hadn't noticed until I had painted each piece and come to hang it up completed, that each piece is a slightly different size....just an eight of an inch here and an eighth of an inch there....It will mean that I cannot hang the paintings butted up to each


other...I will have to leave a space !




The first 6 on boxes, 12 inches sq. Hung in Hope Gallery, Redbrick Mill, Batley. Love the hanging...I wouldn't have hung them in a vertical grid but I like it..


Urban box! ( working series title, need to look at titling this series  ) no 3 Acrylic on board. 12 inches sq.



Urban box 4 Acrylic.12 inch sq.


Urban box 5 Acrylic 12 inch sq.


Urban box 6 .Acrylic, 12 inch sq.


The first ones hung in the Art room. Maybe they are too close together, they maybe need more space between them. Will work on that.

Love these at the moment. Where I live ( which is my muse) the centre of my town is in the distance, urban, gritty , poor town. I live on the hills, the glorious landscape of woods and hills that surround me. In a way, I am trying to marry the two aspects of my landscape. Big ambition, we will see.

I am aware that I am using the acrylic paint in a way that it's not designe to be used...very thin washes and glazes which dilutes the pigment. So, have ordered some Golden fluid acrylics today, which, they tell me, has the same concentration of pigment in a liquid form. Looking forward to that.







Sunday, 5 November 2017

Urban marks on boxes ( 1 )

So I have massively enjoyed the urban marks on paper but aware that I often don't do anything with my work on paper....I often don't like the work behind glass or have any idea what frames to put the work in.

So, the next step is to try and put the work in a more permanent , more robust form....hence these pieces this week. They are 12 inch square boxes , some have cotton stretched over them, some not.

The aim is to explore , in acrylic, these urban marks with an abstract twist in blacks and umbers. ( I made a lovely colour from mixing paynes grey and burnt umber. ) maybe I will try the 30 day challenge again, a box a day......


Above. Love the....umber ness....the drips...the simple shapes...the squareness....the layers....how could I develop it ? ...try a different format....try bigger...

Above..Trying to avoid brush strokes in acrylic is so much harder than oils....

Above.....it does seem more like a landscape , but for the moment that seems fine...it was a landscape previously but I have made it darker. I did put on some mills and houses but just ended up wiping them out ! 

Above shows the sides of the boxes. Love em with painted sides. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Urban marks 4/5

Phew. Although I have done the 30 days in urban marks, I can't seem to get out of them. So there have been more again this week. Tried a little to get into colour and those have potential too. They need putting away because I have become too close to them. Need to change what my focus is so they apcan breathe ! The images are more or less around the a4 size, some on paper, some mountboard, some board. All have different qualities.

The art group this week are looking at,' proper painting,' urban images, drawing initially done with charcoal. So this mornings piece is just done so. I drew a simple outline with charcoal and then put a wash over it ( in phlourescent pink for the hell of it ) to fix the charcoal. Painted over the drawing and for me tried to simplify the shapes and clutter that's in the photo. Will live with the resulting image.

These images need sifting, maybe selecting out ....overwhelmed by them ....too close to them....
















Sunday, 22 October 2017

Urban marks, complete series.

So, I have completed my 30 days of Urban mark making. Loved it, hated it and everything inbetween. Trying to critique the finished body of 30 days work....2 , 12 inch sq. Boards, 5 paintings on mountcard amd the bulk of the body of work, 38 works on paper, mainly print based but worked back into. For the last couple of days, I have been collecting the pieces together , photographing and recording them...still not sure about a lot of the images, they need some more living with ( was it Pollock that said accepting a finished pieces back into your ego is the hard bit and it so is with these...not sure why yet ! I am trying to get the works listed on Pinterest but the light has been and still is sooo poor. I have tried with spotlights but the colours in the work look unnatural and nothing like the real thing. As an artist, you are so only as good as the photographs of your art !

These are the works on paper...no titles to encourage you to create your own...
No 1. 21x22cm

No 2 ( below ) 21x21 cm


No 3 ( below)24x23 cm


No 4 ( below) 21x21cm


No5 ( below) 17x24 cm


No6(below) 17x17 cm


No7( below) 22x24 cm


No 8 ( below) 17x17cm


No 9( below) 23x24cm


No 10 (below) 25x28cm


No11(below) 28x29 cm.


No 12( below) 25x27cm.


No 13(below) 25x28 cm.

No 14 (below) 28x30 cm


No 15( below) 19x17 cm


No 16( below) 20x21cm


No 17(below) 19x27 cm



No 19(below) 25x20

No 20( below ) 27x24 cm

No 21( below ) 26x 28 cm

No 22( below ) 25x26 cm

No 23( below) 26 x 30 cm

No 25 ( below ) 30x28 cm

No 26(