30th Jan Work in Progress
30th Jan Finished Piece
Mission: To challenge my own process in painting. To play with adding and removing layers of media and varying levels of control. To work intensely and also take time to pause throughout the process: document each stage and take value from one piece of work by creating a mix of time-based media alongside the finished piece, giving the viewer a transparent view of the process.
Vision: Having created a good online presence over the last twelve months and successfully worked around restrictions, I plan to share my work more widely, set up my own exhibitions, take part in fairs, hold open studio events, workshops and get my work out there in any way I can. I became a full-time artist in the Autumn of 2020 and want to be able to have a busy year putting my work out there. I’m looking forward to sharing with and learning from others.
Inspiration: I paint the things I see around me every day that make me feel good. I like small moments of familiar loveliness. I aim to make quiet paintings with depth that show a feeling of positive change in my local surroundings, particularly the woodland where I walk my dog. I document the changes and like to celebrate them in my work.
I am so inspired by altering process and experimenting. I get excited by finding methods and making them my own, changing them up and finding new ways of doing things. I like risk and complication to always below the surface in my art as it gives interesting and rewarding results. I’m always inspired by how my practice changes according to the space I work in and having just moved into a studio, I’m keen to see the effect this has on the look of my work.
I work in my own version of gouache resist technique, following a series of steps. I draw an initial sketch onto robust watercolour paper. I add thick gouache paints using brushes or other objects to give a range of marks. Once the work is dry, I finely spray Indian ink over the whole piece. When this is bone dry, I wash the excess ink and gouache away. This leaves an impression of the original painting on the paper, sometimes strongly, sometimes more of a ghost image. The results are always a surprise. During the process I will have scanned the work several times to keep a record of the progress and get giclee prints of at least one other stage. I vary techniques regularly and am currently experimenting with grounds and working on wood as a surface I can cut into as part of the process.