Observation and reflection:
One cannot over emphasise the importance of reflection upon creative practice. Like any muscle or skill, its important we take time to practice our skills of critical analysis and reflection, observation, and evaluation. Continue reading
Experiments and studies through Jackson Pollock’s ‘pour’ paintings.
Having stumbled once again upon Jackson Pollock’s late ‘pour’ paintings whilst preparing an Art History lecture in which I will discuss his later – evolved style, I was immediately struck once again with their immediacy, rawness and fluidity of mark. Continue reading
The painting surface is a much more sparsely populated space with a more disciplined application of pigment. The tar-like black enamel paint (often applied using a turkey baster) pools onto, and bleeds into the un-primed canvas creating rich variations in texture and mark. Pollock’s wife, and fellow abstract painter Lee Krasner described these pieces as ‘painting with the immediacy of drawing… a new category’, a fitting analogy that closely captures the paintings direct and transient nature.
Painting with the immediacy of drawing: 15th March 2016
Painting with the immediacy of drawing:
There are some interesting elements arising from the continuous exploration and development of the ‘synthesis studies’:
For a long time now I have identified in myself a predisposition to get easily sidetracked and distracted, a penchant perhaps to intellectually ‘wonder off’. A habit I have long since been aware of, and indeed referenced numerous times in new year resolutions, (see my Continue reading
Painting offers a way of working through an idea. Especially when working through a monochromatic palette without the distraction of colour. Even mindless painting without a clear agenda or goal insight will often generate something poignant or worthy of further exploration. 11th January 2017
I have long since admired Drawing’s immediate nature, Continue reading
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Below are a series of observations obtained during the recent collaboration on ‘The Landscape Scrambler’ project. Some are more closely associated with the nature of this particular project itself, whilst others, I hope, are more general observations upon the nature of improvisation. Continue reading
Observations from a recent meeting:
- A good research project should sought to ‘plug the gap’ left by existing research. The key is identifying the gap in the theoretical and historical framework of a particular field.