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Space2Create Collaboration…progress & completion (part 6)

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Space2Create Collaboration… (part 5)

Here’s further progress updates to the painting…more stencilled starling layers of progressively darkening grey. During these layers I noticed that some of the stencils appear to be a single starling depicted at different moments in flight, cutting through space/sky. I intended the stencils to be more dense to the bottom left corner, but have been […]

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Space2Create Collaboration…progress (part 4)

Each week, Wednesday is my time to spend in my studio, a little midweek oasis of creative activity! This week ‘Studio Wednesday‘ as I like to call it was punctuated with a lunchtime wild swim at Gurnal Dubs near Kendal. The weather was amazing and we could have easily spend the rest of the day […]

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Space2Create Collaboration…progress (part 3)

In my last blog of this thread I posted some photographs of the background layers I’ve been working on. In this post I’d like to share some more images of the progress I’ve made. The background layers were created using very loose brushwork with a relatively wide paint brush. The layers and brush strokes that […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Innate Authenticity

In Feb 2013, I wrote a blog post that focused on the qualities I’ve found to be essential in establishing and maintaining what I like to call the ‘authentic artist’ (click here to read that post). The qualities that I uncovered were Motivation, Purpose and Meaning. I related these qualities to the fire triangle, which […]

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The Origin of Ideas – The Eye Complex – Beyond Looking Series

The Eye Complex is the fourth and final installment/statement in what I consider to be a series of pieces; We Create Ourselves, Grab Your Eyes and L.S.P. being the others. This series Beyond Looking is an autobiographical, physical expression of my journey into representational painting, not merely in terms of the practicalities of creating such […]

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The Origin of Ideas – L.S.P. (Light, Shade & Perspective).

L.S.P. is an abbreviation of Light, Shade & Perspective that are the main devices used in figurative representational painting. The composition of this painting came from a study I did quite a while ago that I’d forgotten about until recently when I uncovered it. L.S.P. came together quickly and spontaneously based on its elements already being […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Sight Specific – Replication, Visual Perception & 3D Perspective

My underpinning ideas behind Sight Specific are to reference visual perception in relation to being separated from the sense of touch. For example, if we are looking at two telephones that appear for all intents and purposes ‘real’, without touching them how do we establish their true status? In a gallery situation we are not usually […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Transition – Triptych

Transition is a piece created during a time of great change for me, where those changes disrupted my working method. I was aware that I was in a phase of readdressing how I make art, and so this piece is a physical manifestation of me contemplating this issue. I spent a lot of time sitting […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Observation Without Manipulation – Large Scale Painting

The first 4 canvases (top row, left to right) of my painting Observation Without Manipulation are an exploration of subject and surface grounded in a process orientated painting technique. Imagery is intentionally restrained; my intent being to limit representational clues as to the nature of the subject, which by the very nature of the painting […]

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