Tuesday, 30 August 2016

In the studio ( work in progress)

I don't want to just post images from past work ,I'm still a practicing Artist , every so often I will be able to get into my studio ( actually an old concrete shed at the back of the house with dodgy lighting and dodgy roof timbers , but its waterproof and rather roomy compared to my old mobile home studio ) . So in that spirit I will post some photos of what I've been working on in the last few weeks.

I've come to the conclusion that for now I should work in a stripped back black and white fashion , looking for my old favorites of balance and rightness built up from a catalog of shapes placed onto the board quickly trying to short circuit my sense of order and composition .

 The first two paintings came fairly quickly , when I work like this I tend to work on a lot of paintings together . These two I consider to be finished - the point at which I can't do anymore to them , the process takes a lot of looking at and listening to the paintings , there comes a point when what the painting wants to be resolves itself and if I don't interfere too much with over intellectualizing or trying to make a painting then the painting is as it should be. If I try to hard to make the painting or impose my will upon it it falls apart and generally ends up being painted over - I use music in the studio to try and short circuit that part of myself , anything hypnotic and involving - at the moment I'm listening to a lot of Jon Hopkins , find his work here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q04ILDXe3QE

This one is a bit more of a mess , its probably still not finished so I'll have to go back later today and work on it , at one point I had to start a seperate painting , a bit like a sketch ( but it will be come a painting in its own right later ) just to sort out which elements were most important - I could see something in there but what that might have been I wasn't sure . ( Photograph below)

And finally a view of a corner of my studio , yes it really is quite jam packed , boxes of old junk shop finds used in my paintings ( from the days of the demon hunt) stored in corners , but only using two colors makes life a lot easier - my glass palette  is underneath the painting on the right , if I'm using only black and white I'll just use tubs , then the paint has a chance of making it through to the next day without drying out.

I suppose in some ways this way of painting is very reductionist , two colors , a preset catalog of images (?) sketches to work from , predefined board size ( a2 or thereabouts ) , its an arena in which to look at a very small number of concerns , and that’s how I like it at the moment .

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