At the moment I’m still currently travelling back and fore to home at weekends to work. Which involves lots of time spent on the train which I generally spend thinking.
For the majority of the journey there isn’t any phone signal, and limited WiFi. So it is some of the only time I get where I’ve not got my phone beeping at me.
The train journey has become the main focus of my paintings that I’m currently working on, which is not saying that it shall continue to be this way.
I enjoy painting my life, as I find it much easier to connect with and make a painting if I have experienced it. And my life at the moment consists of zooming through the landscape.
I have always been interested in capturing movement in a painting, but I have never thought of capturing it in a sense where the view is moving through man rather than nature.
This idea is still raw, but it really is helping me engage with my work. Creating new problems which I have to resolve in the painting. Trying not to creaate a static image, it has to give the feeling of being on the train. Where the image is there but then it’s gone and you see something else.
Previously I have looked at the ways the movement is occurring in the landscape through the forces of nature and light movement, with this addition of travelling i have created my self problems in which I’m determined to resolve in a unique way.
this image I have worked more on since last week, in explanation to behind the work I have tried to capture a stillness that still incorporates the element of movement from the train. The foreground is where both I have detail whilst also containing blurriness to try and get that sense of movement, but through a large scene of the landscape.
For instance, sometimes the view seems to last much longer than other views, because of the scale of the mountains-/fields etc.. where as compared to
My other painting, that image view would have only lasted a few split seconds, and then it’s gone.
All of these ideas are still in working progress, I’m not 100% certain of what I’m looking at and why, but I have ideas and problems that I am trying to resolve through paint, whilst creating imagery.
The Lovely view from my studio space. Although I'm not currently painting the sea, i have been making some charcoal drawings, looking at the light, working out some compositions. Im certain i will return to painting it very soon.
a few of the sketches i have made this week for inspiration. Using different coloured greys and black paper and working negatively or positively with the shade range to create equal looking images that are created on different backgrounds. Using the paper to my advantage.
Second week in the studio.
Still working on compositions from the Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury train journey. A painting which i started last week and abandoned, i decided to pour paint on it, apply it with a rag and a pallet knife and then blend all the colours together using a big brush, trying to get that sense of movement, Something which the next day i ended up abandoning and restructuring the painting. in a sense they are both still very abstract paintings, but the representational side, is still very important to me at this point. I am aiming to try and make things ring true, look like the landscape, whilst still just being mainly blocks of colour. Using empty space to mty advantage.
Post reconstruction. Still unfinished.
An attempt to construct the landscape without water, I'm often drawn to water as it can give natural paths which help with the composition. This painting mainly an experiment, Still not focusing on detail, just suggestions. With lots of broad spaces of empty colour. I invested in some slow drying medium in an aim to give me the ability to move the paint around more easily. This addition has also helped blend colours, and mattifies the paint slightly which i enjoy.
I decided to make a construct of a landscape, based upon shapes, and tape them together so that i could move them around and work on a composition which i could apply to a painting. Whilst doing this, i also used the colours which i mixed for the paper and created a small abstract based upon water falling over rocks. I would like to use some of these paint application methods and apply them to my larger paintings. But doing exercizes like this helps me get a feel for different paint applications.
Painting inspiration of the week. Isaak Levitan. Fog over water. Oil On Canvas, 1895
Church Stretton. Home
October has fallen, and so have the leaves. Landing questionably over this pavement doodle.
First day back, strange to say back when the majority of people on the MA are new. Which means meeting new people, and learning about the rest of the people who are on this new adventure. It’s strange being back, Kind of like starting all over again. Only a few familiar faces around town, and somehow now at 21 I’m one of the oldies.
Tuesdays are my timetabled day.
10:00 A small meeting with the fellow painting students, assigning studio spaces, discussing our artwork, learning about how the course will work.
12:00 talking about the out of hours access to the building,, General health and safety discussion.
14:00 The first art history seminar, the new topic brings many new difficulties, in which I hope to prosper.
16:00 The Vocaional course, a nice balance of art talk/ psychology and general chit chat. A different kind of seminar, in which gave us all a little bit of rest bite.
18:00 quick look st my studio space ready to move in tomorrow.
9:00 Moving in to the studio, which over looks the sea. perfect. Only issue is carrying heavy boards up a few flights of stairs, and through narrow corridors. In addition to the trundle from my house to the old college. Each time I returned home wishing I had a car.
Inspiration all around, and so pleased I can see the sea.
Still uncertain whether I will continue to paint the besuty, I am kind of looking forward to including more elements of where the sea meets the land in my future paintings, still looking at the light and movement in both the sea and sky, but in contrast to the land, but I also hope to paint the land in such away where you can see the relationship to the non solid elements of the landscapes, by applying the paint thinly and retaining its lustre.
Newest addition in the painting studio, currently working on some train sketch ideas from the views over the Dyfi. Getting back into the gist of it. To start back I have been confused about what to paint, now it’s the masters everything has to step up. I don’t just want to paint the same paintings as last year, they had their place, but I need to look at my work in a new perspective.