Nothing to Lose

Putting layers of opaque paint over an already layered board substrate,  my preferred surface for collaging, scraping, sanding back and generally degrading the surface.  Many colours applied at random, new and varied colours I would not normally try.  Perhaps it could be harmonised with a glaze, but what to choose.

Mardi Gras

So the river runs… still in Lockdown @ Level 4

Lockdown Daze # 25

Another small fun piece.  Losing track of which day we’re in as far as the lockdown goes so no number for this one.  It will have a sibling in due course.  Using the paint pens I bought a while ago, tracking over many layers of paint.

A quote I found attributed to one Neil Gaiman..  “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before”

ain’t that so

Starting Over

in the pink remakeA new  take on an oldie  – getting over the pain of covering something that has been with me for a while.  Actually it’s quite cathartic to do this. Back when I was working in watercolour a long time ago,  when the time came to tear those up and collage them into other works, it felt  good, useful and fresh.  Gives them another life.  This is work on board 900 mm  x  600 mm and now has several layers of acrylic, paper and irridescent medium scraped and smoothed over the surface.

Looking for Inspiration in a New Year

a hot, muggy afternoon, doodling in the  “studio” wanting to find some inspiration for my next series.  On the floor, canvases and boards which have already had a life, waiting there for a new one. My inner artists says “paint what YOU want”, but my sensible voice is saying    ” what do you have to say”.

there’s two lines of thought at play here.  Do I carry on making new pieces on fresh supports (canvas or board), or do I remake the old ones, cover over what is not pleasing, and carry on.  It’s a while since I sold anything, but then again I don’t have my work on show in many places.  Last year 2018, I had two serious showings which I worked towards by making pieces for a new series called Waste Not Wanted.  These were mainly smallish abstract works on canvas, with a 3 dimensional effect from recycled cardboard.

There are not many opportunities to put work in front of the public unless you go down the facebook or instagram path.  I will be taking part in a showing at the end of January when there are 5 artists from Unlimited Palette, in 3 studios, open to friends and family.  I have made a couple of new small works for this event, and expect to make a few more.  Mainly I am hoping to find the inspiration to carry on making the art that pleases me and also the people who get to see it.

my toolkit is open and ready…………………….