In the last month or two time for painting has been slim due to competing factors. Rather than not paint at all I took all pressure away from the valuable time I did find for paint ... suspending need for outcomes instead I was led purely by feeling my way through some nebulous interior space.
Ever sensitive to the pull of the inner it was such a delicious breathing out after last year's haste and deadlines. This way of painting I am much more at home with... even though it's not a good match for the contemporary notion of "getting on with it". Too many exterior demands and motivations kill painting for me ... I really do prefer to give the ideas time to surface... and I need to work repetatively with impulses to make them part of my vocabulary or language... a way has to be found into the rhythm that works ... quite simply.
What I present here then is some of the contents from this most uncontructed time ... essential reveries in certain colour realms.
|painting on a humble canvas board 25 x 25 cm|
the next are a series on 20 x 20 cm canvas boards...
These are also on canvas boards below - 20 x 20 cm. They were started however about a year ago when I sat and painted stripes on these boards as a kind of meditation... they were simply colour exercises on the one hand...in another way they were wordless colour poems. I often work with colour in this way... putting down colour stories that I need to inhabit ... like being in a certain kind of room for a while!
These striped boards I pulled out the other night very late and proceeded to add the layers of oval forms ...like capsules with the spaces in which to glimpse what exists beyond.
Here I've returned to another preoccupation ... painting with a syringe which of course, if you've tried it, is absolutely frantic... the paint tends to come out so quickly and haphazardly that it's an effort indeed to control the flow of paint... Its taking me rather a long time to even work out what I think of this technique... what I might do with it.
|close-up of work with 2 layers of line work. Try clicking to see more closely the effect.|
|I became rather engaged in the colours of this work ... a different direction to what I generally work with.|
|untitled 60 x 60 cm acrylic and ink on linen|
Below are two works in a similar vein ... meditating on seeds ...
breaking the surface up with this horizontil line ... an impulse
that is purely intinctive.
|Untitled 40x 40 cm acrylic and ink on paper on canvas|
|Untitled, 60 x 60 cm - pigmented ink and acrylic on linen|
The last one a canvas 120 cm x 40 cm ... pure whimsy... unfinished ... unresolved ...awkward ... the colours speaking to my uncomprehending mind asking for attention. Really... it was enough just to put down what I had and walk away... leave it for later when maybe it will speak to me. Its definitely still in its gawky adolescent stage!
The camera works ... the downloading mechanism is quite mystifying though... Ive not figured it out properly at all. Not to worry ... Im just glad that I got this far ... loaded up some work. Yeah! Its late... gotta go! Before I do... talking about colour. I have workshops coming up soon which I have written about at the other blogs and put on the sidebar to link you to the details if you'd like to know more.
Visit the homage blog here to read about it!
Enjoy the weekend you all! Its a long weekend here. Driving up the mountain Sunday... with my camera!