Saturday, 25 March 2017

Quiet landscape. Second series

Often , when I have done a series of paintings, I am eager to go somewhere else with them. Not so the Quiet landscapes. I still feel quiet and want to be surrounded by my paintings of Quiet landscapes. We will see then if I make another series of them.

Colours that are quiet ? Grey, white, cool colours ore than warm. Interesting to think of colours as , ' quiet ,' or the opposite.

I revist all the time, adding layers to the old paintings. I win some. I lose some. That's how it goes. And I like paintings almost that I ink are finished but that I don't really like, so that I have nothing to lose on revisiting them, making them bolder....or quieter dependant on my mood.

I have been influenced by the bright Spring light today...gorgeous walk...cold though. So the go to colour today was a very pale cool ice blue. Gorgeous. In revisiting the two paintings today, I put the paint down and then wipe it off. Repeat as many times as needed. You can never wipe the whole layer off with's very sticky paint so always some remains unless I swill it with water.

The colours seemed darker on the photographs , darker than the actual a

I might have thought these were finished at one time...but clearly not today. 
Scratching into the work often with a printmaking tool that looks like a weapon gives me a time out and stops me putting the paint down too quickly .

Thesea re both my preferred size 52 cm sq. 

Going to have a full paint day tomorrow, have a display todo put up in huge Art lounge ( back room)...a deadline is often good for spurring me on....

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Landstills 2

I had finished the display in the Art lounge ( back room ) ...a display of , ' Quiet landscapes, ' and enjoyed them. Quiet, reflective, calm, peaceful. I liked the atmosphere that the paintings helped to create.

I never would have thought to put two paintings together on the chimney breast but I really liked them there.

The board in the corner holds 15 small canvases...well, paper mounted on canvas....still working on the framing of the work on paper.
Quite a lot of the paintings have gone off to Silson Contemporary, Harrogate this week for a show in May. Sarah Collier of Silson contemporary visited this week to select a collection for the Gallery. So I will just have to paint some more. And I don't feel quite done with , ' Quiet landscapes, ' yet.

This was another Landstill. What did I want from these....well a kind of snapshot in paint , a, ' zoom in , ' on the landscape. I wanted them to be abstract and I wanted the paint to , ' flow.' It's hard with this 12 inch size to achieve any kind of, ' flow, ' try again...

I tried to introduce some darker tones and a little more texture...I just need to do more of this size.

A try at a 17.5 x 52 cm piece. Try again.

Friday, 10 March 2017


As an artist it's so important to avoid preconceived ideas. You have got to challenge yourself constantly to produce something new, try new ways of approaching your paintings, new media, new sizes of work , new colour pallette, new anything.

With that in mind , I have been trying to work with different sizes of board. That was so hard for me. And very interesting that it was so hard. I do get used to the same sized board....mainly because I repaint the boards I have over and over, so I am going to get used to a particular size.

With this series I thought I would return to look at the small 15 cm pieces I create as a sketchbook really and try more conciously to work them up into larger pieces. I have made some 12 inch sq.  And 2 inch deep boxes and would like to get my work to flow on this size .

Overall it was hard ( I don't mind that it was hard, I always know that I don't want easy and I always say to myself that number one of a series may be rubbish but number 10 might be worth waiting for !

These were the words that came to mind as I painted.....
Between the hills and the clouds
When I look at this landscape of mine, it looks so different... ( what I mean here is that if you look at or take a photograph of the same area of the landscape throughout the day, it chances so dramatically within half hour ....snapshots of the landscape...landstills....

' Between the landscape and the sky,' acrylic, 12 inches sq.

' Gently distilled,' acrylic,12 inches sq. ( this one was a rework of one from a few weeks a go that never made it .....)

' Bringing the sky down,' acrylic , 12 inches sq.
Words....I like the ambiguity....they all seem so serious.....I think doing them small, I am trying to include everything when I can't, I need to zoom in....are cool colours more serious ?....

' Between the trees,' acrylic, 12 inches sq.

' Landstill ,' acrylic,12 inches sq.

' I like the random marks that are part of the process,' acrylic, 12 inches sq.
Random words....landstills...snapshots of the landscape....I like the random marks that are part of the process..distilled contemplation...too much clutter...brought the sky down...flat skies...the landscape element needs to be distilled.....

' Include everything, ' acrylic, 12 inches sq.

' A snapshot of my landscape, ' acrylic, 12 inches sq.

Put them up in the Art lounge ( back room ) so living with them now.....they fit in and compliment the quiet landscapes on the other the room, ' Summer exhibition, ' in the Art lounge.....calm, quiet, reflective, still....I love how art has an energy almost of it's own, how it can create an atmosphere in a lucky to be able to do this....maybe I should paint some of my landscapes on the cushions ( Caroline Lingwood comes to mind .... Research....) And the whole display is crying out for some poetry....research again.... 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Quiet landscape 3

Quiet week this week. Appropriate since I am doing a display of Quiet paintings ! Trying to redo the Art lounge ( well back room ) so lots of sawing wood for the frames for the back of the pictures and lots of painting backs of pictures and putting strings on. Lots of work but a neccessary part of being a painter.

This is one wall of the Art lounge , the backs of these paintings not yet finished.

This is the chimney breast wall, I had just by chance put the two paintings up but really liked them together on the chimney breast. Another part of the room done ...tick

Trying to get subtle texture by putting the paint down and then pressing the towel on top of it.

Below the finished's cold though so I may well warm it up somehow tomorrow. Missed the paints this week ! Will have a paint day tomorrow.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Quiet landscape .2

So today I am trying some smaller pieces in the Quiet landscape series, 12 inches square and 2 inches deep, kind of boxes. I like them...but first recapping the two paintings from this week...

I wanted paintings that were interchangeable in the display...because I want to finish some with my usual frame on the back and try some in actual frames, which is so hard for me. I prefer the paintings without frames ...but some galleries want them framed, so I can only try.

What do I want in paint ? Grey, green, pink, abstract landscape. Not much then ! And , of course, a little more dark tone and I want to collect the poem lines ( sometimes I do catch the stream of conciousness words that come whilst I am painting....I write them down as they come to me...they seem like lines of poetry ! )

First stages...putting down the paint, waiting for something to appear in the painting. I paint flat usually with all the premixed paints around.

The garden and woods are stiped today !

Generally paint flat, occasionally tipping it up or put it on the easel. The painting is 52 cm sq.

' I like the combination of chaos and calm that the landscape prescribes each day,' acrylic on board, 52 cm sq.

Words that come to mind...
The mixes on the brush make their own colours
Every time I go into the studio , I have this performance anxiety ! I think...' I hope I can paint today ! 'I like wet in wet painting...less control
I like the combination of chaos and calm that the landscape prescribes each day...
I like the contrast of transparent paint and opaque paint.. They make each other look good.
Collecting the landscape
Swathes of green
A memory, a moment
Newspaper grey ( love the colour of the brings it's own association
The wood in the sky
Of course there's always trees
I love how the marks make themselves

Echoes of. A bigger landscapes
Love the landscape, love the paint, love the random marks that the landscape makes

Put the painting into the display of, ' quiet landscapes,' 

This was the second of the week...May paint over ( should say that at the he end of each post because it always applies....looking forward to a painting day tomorrow but have lots of backs and strings to put on the finished work.....he ho

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A Quiet Landscape

Enjoying the paint. Loving the Quiet landscapes although they have gone a little pink or rosy ! Researched pink landscapes a little with out much major success. But I didn't have much success researching quiet landscapes...I found a few artists ( see my Pinterest boards ) but had to search really...nothing that spoke to me in terms of Art or poetry....interesting ( well to me anyway ) but compared to , for example, tonalist paintings , where I appreciate lots of Art.

I have been interested in almost , ' refreshing, ' old sketches...I did quite a lot this shape that went straight accross the board. I like the format and still am trying to get it to work in an actual decent frame for the galleries. Try again !

This is a sketch ( what's a sketch ? ) placed on board. I think of these as sketches even though I do work back into them. Perhaps it's because they are on paper. Unsure. It's just a label...but often these labels are on paper...mmmm

Below is the current display of sketches at Emmaus Mossley. I have displayed my work and the work of the Art group at Emmaus Mossley for years, giving a voluntary donation to Emmaus for any sold. But now, I want to concentrate on working for galleries so I am planning to display and have some kind of event or Open studio at Emmaus once a year. I still will run the Art group and Upcycling group there. So big thank you to Emmaus Mossley for letting me do this and the display will be up until the beginning of a March.

The display is simply board painted white with the sketches pinned on. I like the format. I like the fact that I am looking at something other than a traditionally mounted and framed piece.

I was trying to bring in pinks, deliberately, working towards a display of 8 paintings together in the Art lounge ( back room ).... The greens in the landscape have altered so much this week, in anticipation of a next season. 

Acrylic on board, 52 cm sq. ' Anticipation of Spring. '

Mixing the greens has been just lovely this week. ' A quiet smile ' acrylic and ink on board, 52 cm sq.

Put the display up. It's a lot of paintings to put together but that's ok. I made a quiet sign out of card and mountcard ( print the right sized letters off the computer , cut them out of thin card and stick them to a piece of mountcard. Paint them )

When I look at this display ( the last one was actually a tonalist painting ) I do feel that they are ' quiet landscapes,' I wanted quiet, reflection, meditative, still, little abstract....and in the main that's what I got. Some were quieter than others...maybe the cooler in colour the painting was, the quieter it was also. I am sure I will return to a quiet landscape.......

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Quiet landscapes

At different times you need different things from your art. Sometimes you need it to challenge you, sometimes you need it to be comfortable, reflective, give you space, give you no arguament....and maybe I needed to enjoy my art more than anything else this week....I am still looking at , ' Quiet paintings,' what do I mean by that ? Well quiet, not loud, reflective, calm....colours ? Well obviously the greys but I wanted to push the colour a little....have some more colour in them....but still keep them,' quiet,' so that was the little challenge this week.

Must research poetry and classical music about quiet landscapes....( have a Pinterest board collecting images of paintings thAt I feel are ,' quiet.' And I massively think that all the external research eg the music and the poetry helps the paintings and helps the deepening of the subject....

These were the ones I came up with but not overly pleased with them ....but as always maybe you have to paint so many crap paintings before the good stuff comes out !

' Spring came quietly,' acrylic on board 52 cm sq. Layers of transparent washes ( used the paint mixed with varnish ) and opaque mixes. Will have to live with this one....unsure yet...

' An empty quiet,' 52 cm sq, acrylic. There is a feeling of distance and haze in this one. Again , have to   live with it for a while.

' A quiet dark,'.....tried to bring in colour and darker tones....with limited success...maybe needs a little more , ' drama,' in the paint ! 

Massively trying to organise the cataloguing of my work....losing track of the paintings, where they are etc. Often I will think a painting is finished and record it ( usually on my Pinterest boards) then paint over it , so it doesn't exist any more....but I forget to go back into Pinterest to delete it !

Also this week had lots of paintings to put frames on the back for Hope gallery, Redbrick mill Batley, Yorkshire. Caroline Gillatt, the owner of the gallery came to the studio to pick out a new collection of my work for the gallery.