The beginning of my new project, #tabularasa, only like what? 4 weeks late? Had a bit of a block and everything I tried to do was a bit rubbish, but I feel a lot happier after making this today. Exploring perceived absence of colour, with influence from #robertryman. I stitched and stuck bits of found canvas and material together and an old frame to create something new, then used #gesso,#emulsion and #oilpaint.
#davidhockney at the #vangogh museum, Amsterdam. I loved his enormous iPad drawings, and how the lines weren’t made to look like anything other than a digital drawing. Also liked the huge pictures made up of multiple canvases, with obvious joins between them where the frames meet. They don’t seem *too* perfect, in a good way, and the joins don’t distract from the overall painting.
A bit of an explosion from my brain today. Oils on my plastic portfolio sliced up (oops), with five types of sticky tape. Not sure where I was going with this, but I kind of like it. I tried to copy some of the marks that were on the wall underneath from previous paintings - I’m too lazy to go get an easel and set it all up most the time.
#camillepissarro paintings at the @tate exhibition. His works are extraordinary, the use of colour is out of this world. One of the finest #impressionist painters, his use of colour theory and #pointillism helped Neo-Impressionism to emerge. My favourite works on display are the first four photos, but number one really stands out to me as it is one of his un-framed works. This shows the works as Pissarro would have had them, and shows the making of the painting from the nails in the stretcher to the rogue brushstrokes down the sides. Taking away the fancy frame takes away any distractions.
The Jeff Koons exhibition at the @ashmoleanmuseum in Oxford. Truthfully, I am not a fan of Koons’ work - I admire the skill many of the pieces take and I don’t mind some of his metallic sculptures such as the ones pictured, however I don’t personally like ‘his’ paintings. In my opinion getting other people to replicate old master’s works then placing blue polished glass balls in front of them doesn’t scream inspirational at me, it’s just not my cup of tea regardless of the inspiration behind them. I haven’t uploaded any of these paintings as I’d rather show works I did like a little more.
I painted my #reclaimed rotating bookshelf/shoe rack thing, and created a matching #painted board that will hang on the wall above it eventually. I love #experimenting with making paintings on unusual surfaces, and for my new project which focuses on reusing, repurposing and #recycling I really wanted to overhaul some #furniture and turn it into a functional painting.
Gonna repurpose this swivelling book/shoe stand that I just got in a charity shop, and paint it with some sort of relevant imagery. Took the back off so you can see right through - looks much better that way. Partly inspired by @sally.at.no_3 ‘s beautiful up-cycling of all sorts of furniture for her amazing home 😍