I’m developing on the last project (still life). My aim is to produce something non-representational; I’ve been inspired by a recent exhibition of work by Ivon Hitchens at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham.
The starting point is an enlarged section of a charcoal sketch of the still life. Today I did a series of small sketches in acrylics as a ‘warm-up’. Not sure where this is leading at this stage, but I’ll ponder on them tonight and decide what works best.
Here is some of the work I’ve done relating to a course taken at Embrace Arts, Leicester. The topic was still life. We were asked to select unimportant objects. I explored a few different selections including things from the garden shed, small items taken from my mother’s desk and some pots and a bottle. I discovered Morandi, I thought more about Bonnard and use of shadows, and explored using cool and warm colours together more. I’m pleased with what I’ve done during the course and I began to stray out of my comfort zone a little.
Here are various sketches made in our local church in Aylestone. The sketches were in charcoal and pastels. I’ve developed some images using the shapes of the arches. I’ve tried to learn from the current Paul Klee exhibition at Tate Modern. The image I like best is the last one, which is a collage.
I’ve looked through a book of flower paintings by Manet and used these as a starting point for some collages:-
Now I’ve just finished an oil sketch of some flowers from the garden. My aim was to paint fairly swiftly and capture the intensity of the colour (hence the dark background) and suggest the shape of the flowers.
To conclude (for now anyway) being inspired by old family slides, I have painted in oils a copy of a slide of me, Mum and my brother Paul. We are sitting on the sea wall at Sutton-on-Sea. I think it’s 1958. My intention was to capture the quality of the Kodachrome colour and the brightness of the sun. Comparing the two images below, I see I could have used more contrast in my oil painting.
I’ve been making digital copies of family slides using Veho software and scanning device. I’m particularly fond of the snaps of our family holidays in Walton-on-the-Naze back in the 1960’s. But it’s the nature of slides that they stay hidden in boxes for most of the time. I wondered about using these images as material for some paintings, and if they worked, they could be on display, rather than tucked away.
I chose three quirky snaps, of Mum, Dad and one of me and my brother standing on a breakwater. I decided to keep the wonky horizons and washed out colour and used watercolour as this would capture the brightness of a slide transparency.
Next, I’m either going to re-do these as a triptych, including painting the slide frames so they are all in one picture, or I’m going to use another holiday snap of me, my brother and Mum, which was taken using Kodachrome and has fantastically rich colour.