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art painting

mixed-media experiments

A little more playing today inspired by a chat with artist Angela James and her experimental and open approach.

I have made a very tiny test piece this evening – introducing some unusual (unstable) elements: watercolour, plus oil-based materials – safflower oil and turps, a little oil paint, sanding sealer, varnish. I have written down what I used, in the hope that I will remember what I have used…

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art painting

playing with watercolours

Starting today to play with making sky houses

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art painting

make your own damn art

Today, a very quick look at a painting and a painter to cheer us up. Click the link to see the painting, which is called ‘make your own damn art’.

The artist is Bob and Roberta Smith (one person). He has painted this using sign-painting techniques, and I love it that he is sending us out of the gallery (in this case the Royal Academy in London), and packing us off home to make our own art using wood recycled from out of a skip. Or anything else we feel like using.

By telling us to ‘make your own damn art’, Bob and Roberta Smith is very succinctly saying that our personal creativity is the route to our empowerment – and it seems that ultimately he has in mind that it is also the route to radical political change. In his film of the same name, he points out the social inequality in our culture ‘sector’. Saying that in his view our culture is being made by ‘a sort of gentry in disguise’, which means that ordinary people’s stories are always getting written out of history, or maybe not getting written in, and that ‘I think art should be made by everybody.’

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drawing painting

acorns

drawing my pile of acorns today, before I plant them…

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art drawing painting

on emergence

Today, just some gleanings on emergence, some shapes I am trying to grasp and understand, some spirals of thought to follow.

adrienne maree brown, ’emergent strategy’:

“Ferns are a form of fractal. A fractal is an object or quantity that displays self-similarity, which means it looks roughly the same at any scale. Small-scale solutions impact the whole system. Use similar principles to build at all scales.”

“Small is good, small is all. The large is a reflection of the small.”

Mark C Tayor, much harder to understand, on perception, in ‘Refiguring the spiritual’:

“…the brain is not a centralised processor but a distributed network. Perception and cognition are not simply the product of the cogito; to the contrary, the cogito is an emergent phenomenon that is the product of the information processes consitutive of perception and cognition…”

Also,

“as we have already discovered, mind and matter – or in this context subject and object – are not separated by an unbridgeable gulf but are coemergent and codependent and function according to similar rules.”

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art drawing painting

garden paintings, 2020

Just to let you know, I have added a page to my project pages on this website – for my garden paintings of earlier this year.

These mixed media drawings and paintings, looking close-in at very small growing things. They were made in my garden during the coronavirus lock-down here in Wales.

To put it simply, they are about drawing attention to ordinary things and opening up to momentary joys, and the feeling of being in love with the world.

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art painting

painting a pumpkin

Painting a pumpkin today with the lovely Gwendraeth Arts Lab on-line group.

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art artists books

artists’ book

Working today on a folding book for my collaborative book project with Suzie Ross.

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art artists books

four scrolls

A short video, still working with the watercolour scroll forms.

I heard a palliative care doctor talking once, she said that there are four things that people very often need to say before departing.

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art painting

scroll forms, watercolour

Making maquettes of scroll forms in watercolour this evening – working from memories of making the short film yesterday.