Monday, February 28, 2011

Changed Paintings

80x80 cm oil on paper 

oil and pastel on paper    80x80cm    This one is a little different from the last  post.

oil and pastel on paper 60x80cm  This one is changed since last post.

100x70 cm acrylic and pastel on paper   This was done over a painting that was mostly black and white. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Varda Caivano at Victoria Miro Gallery 

Heather told me to look at this artist. I think there is a lot I could learn from her work.
She's very economic with the paint, yet creates lots of amazing textures. Wish this was going to still be up for my visit to Heather and London in April! Maybe Victoria Miro will have a couple still on display so I can get an idea of scale and surface. Varda Caivano, and the other artists my mentor told me about, really make me excited about painting. I've even been dreaming about painting. Last night I dreamt I was painting with my friends Maynee and Lauren and I painted an armchair ( shades of Jessica Stockholder perhaps?).  I am wondering if my subconscious is telling me to go 3d? Probably it 's because I've been looking at Betty Woodman's painted ceramic vases. It also could be from the wine we had with Roman cousins Massimo and Cinzia who broke up their trip to Switzerland and stayed here. 

First Residency Summary

First residency

Critical Theory 1

Locating My Work in Contemporary Abstraction

Thursday, February 24, 2011


80x60cm oil on paper

oil on paper 80x80cm

oil on paper 80x80cm

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Monotypes, water-based printing ink on paper all 24x32cm


Friday, February 18, 2011

This week's work

60x80cm oil on paper untitled

60x80cm oil on paper untitled
This week I wanted to concentrate on being aware of how the paint is applied. I experimented with dripping, using washes, and texture with different brushes. I plan to work on some more monotypes while this work is drying over the next couple of days.
I am finishing the Critical Theory paper relating my painting to contemporary abstract expressionism and am looking at the work of Phillip Taaffe. It is gesture more than pattern that I find interesting, but will continue to research use of repetition. Taaffe uses very simple combinations of shapes and colors to get powerful visual effects.
80x80 oil on canvas untitled

80x80 cm oil on canvas untitled

60x80cm oil on paper 
60x80cm oil on paper untitled

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More Phillip Allen Paintings!

The way he has handled the paint in the top of the second painting is so interesting. He is successful at combining the painterly and hard edged in a very unique way. Heather told me that he makes the blobs of paint apart and twists them to the forms he wants and needs. I can see Tomma Abts' influence in the way he uses shadows (unless he was doing it first). 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I have not seen The King's Speech yet, but this is a good reason to go. All the talk about justifying why we do what we do and what kind of cultural value one's art needs to have aside, I truly believe deep down that touching the human spirit and ringing true is the only value a work of art really needs to have.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Women without Men by Shirin Neshat

New work

oil on canvas    80x80cm       exploring texture and composition using brush

oil on canvas 80x80 cm   exploring texture and composition

                 acrylic and oil on canvas 80x200cm  exploring texture and composition     used frottage to apply paint in some areas

Shrin Neshat's Women without Men

This work is very powerful. The images Neshat uses in her films are rich and suggestive. They are loaded with symbolism and poetry. It is difficult to put into words her work because it is so strong. I suggest anyone who has the opportunity to make time to go and see these.