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Did someone say Paintings?

I’ve been Painting again… I don’t have much to say about them – except, I think I like them.

They’re little Welsh landscapes that sum up my time here since I’ve moved.  I’ve been a lot more content. I’ve been a lot more relaxed.  And I feel like even one percent of the time I’m on my way to proving my potential…the challenges I’m facing are all good ones, adult-making ones.

I forgot what painting felt like, I think it’s quite clear in these that I enjoyed it…at least I hope so, anyway.

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Aerial Painting- The Landscape according to the Artist’s eye.

For me, the Aerial Landscape has always been an intrinsic part of my identity.  I find myself fighting others to have a window seat on a plane.  Looking down on the earth from above has always given me a comfortable perspective and I find that life becomes somewhat insignificant as it simplifies merely into shapes and forms.

When I paint, I try to translate some of these feelings of movement and depth into my work.  Although I am not as committed in the fashion of Lanyon and his paragliding or Turner supposedly attaching himself to a mast, I believe my inspiration is clearly recgonisable in the gestural, rhythmic and expressionate marks I apply to the canvas.

I first found this love for the Aerial Perspective by accidentally discovering a batch of Old R.A.F war photographs.  Even in black and white, I was captivated by the painterly nature of the land.  I began my own Pinterest board which contains a comprehensive list of Aerial Photos and Paintings. (including some of my own work, shameless plug)

This board is updated regularly, so feel free to check it out and follow! You can see regular progress of my own work via Instagram, following @radunlop

Richard Diebenkorn - CityScape 1, 1963, Oil on Canvas

Richard Diebenkorn, CityScape l, 1963, Oil on Canvas

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Jenny Nelson, By the Sea lll, 2008, Oil on Canvas

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Sidonie Cardon, Down to Earth, 2006, Mixed Media on Canvas

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Landscape Aerial Photograph of the Longji area, China

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John Evans, Fields by the River, 2000, Oil on Canvas

Landscape Inspiration

Remember Remember the 5th of November.

When I’m in the library, I can see these beautiful starlings from the large window.  As the nights draw in, the evenings get cooler and the colours become pastel around this time every evening, these beautiful starlings put on a show on the Pier of Abersystywth.  Breathtaking and indescribable.

Painting inspiration

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Watercolour on Antique Map

mapwork1I like painting into paper that tells a story. Here is an old map of Oxford. Intricacy, beauty and embellishment are all themes that I am interested in.

 

I am heavily inspired by the work of Josh Dorman who creates beautiful works on maps and old paper…..I intend to create works this Summer based on this kind of theme after collecting over 200 maps I could use for future paintings.

Check out his work…http://www.joshdorman.net/

(josh dorman)

 

 

Abstracting the land – Landscape Painting

Observation of the Welsh Landscape begins to take form into a Painting that balances somewhere between the realms of figuration and abstraction.

I start off with small thumbnail sketches through direct observation and then work them into a composition. What happens from there is a response process. I begin to layer paint and just respond to the colours, marks and forms that have went before. The way I paint relies heavily on intuition, and there are times that I have to just trust in my process. This then creates a kind of constructed experimental landscape, that’s organic and natural. I try to keep things gestural and expressive, to convey and essence of the landscape as well as translate the transient, fleeting nature of creation.

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Untitled ll, acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 3.2ft, £210

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(see Paintings section for more info as well as other works)

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh

Preparing for Exhibition, April ’14

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When Painting doesn’t come so easily, and you feel that you’ve really hit a block with it, something that always frees me up again is changing my colour palette.  With  less than a month  to my first Postgraduate Exhibition at Aberystwyth School of Art, this is exactly what I had to do.  I introduced a darker colour palette, and eliminated most blues, purples and greens that I usually rely heavily on.

This is my take on some snowy hills that I have witnessed while travelling in a bus from Wales.  They fly by in a short, transient moment and appear insignificant.  Truth is, it’s these small moments that have a way of unravelling from my sub-conscious and find themselves compositions or themes of my paintings.  It’s not until I’ve almost finished works, or see a photograph, or have a distinct memory that I recall where I’ve seen it.  To me, that’s amazing.  One small snapshot you took with your eyes, reveals itself in such a powerful way years later.

The power of observation has never been so tangible.

 

I feel so blessed that us artists can work in this way, it’s a great and underestimated gift.

 

Rachel

Making Progress…

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Some Paintings together that I have created since the beginning of My Master’s degree in September 2013. The exciting thing about painting, although the uncertain nature of it is really daunting, when I see all my work together in one place, it’s exciting. I’m not sure of the direction my work is taking, but it doesn’t really matter.  I trust in my Process of painting, so I know the product will follow.

The more I trust my own instinct, the less I am able to articulate what I do. < This seems more relevant than ever.

Throwback, reminiscing on old works to help inspire the new.

When I come to a block in my current painting progress, I always look back at the old to try and use it as a way to free up some ideas. I decided to look back at some of the old aerial views that I was creating in 2012-late 2013. Although in this period of time there were inevitable stumbling blocks and problems I encountered, I found that it was a very encouraging and promising time for my painting progress. I developed so much as an artist and learned a lot about paint in a relatively short amount of time. Two of my favourite studies were two of the first small Aerial Views paintings I created. At this time, I was heavily inspired by Artist Anna Warsop and used her work as a foundation for my own. Her work is so beautiful and subtle, as well as painting she creates some striking prints too.

Check them out @ http://www.annawarsop.com/index.html

Aerial View l, acrylic on canvas, October 2012.
Aerial View l was a response to a flight experience of my own, memory, intuition and being inspired by the work of Warsop. This is a monumental piece in my practice, as it really marked the first move away from painting into maps, to creating direct aerial views.

Anna Warsop, Enclave, Acrylic on Canvas

Aerial View ll, acrylic on canvas. December 2012

Aerial View ll was a piece I created soon after, and was very much based on a flight from Ireland- Wales, hence all the more local colours. I learned to use accents of colours to represent buildings, structures etc. The idea is that the landscape was transient and fleeting worked very well. I tried to incorporate clouds to give a tangible sense of depth and add movement to the painting. I used layers of acrylic canvas with a glazing agent and worked quite slowly. I painted onto to the canvas in some areas, and in others I painted directly onto old maps I had torn up and glued on, furthering and adding an extra dimension to the ‘aerial view’ concept.

Aerial View ll, acrylic on canvas, December 2012

Snowy Scenes, Painting Progress

During the Winter Months, my colour palette began to naturally change to more Winter-esque colours and this was a reaction to a trip to Snowdon that I encountered. I was really happy with this painting as it was very quick, gestural and expressive. I used thin layers of acrylic paint and then use a spray gun to spray it off in certain areas which allows the ‘dripping’ effect of the paint.

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Although this is quite a time consuming and laborious process, I have found this way of painting really enjoyable. I then worked in on some areas with a glazing agent, pearl spray paint (isn’t visible in photographs) to give a different kind of finish. I used a palette knife to apply the orange accents of paint, which I feel finishes the painting.

The rugged nature of the Welsh Landscape I feel is adequately achieved!

Snowdon, acrylic on canvas.

Best Seat in Wales? Painting as a direct reaction to landscape, Nant-Y-Arian, Wales.

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Is this seat pictured above the best in Wales? Stunning views are featured at this Red Kite Bird Reserve, called Nant-Y-Arian just outside Aberystwyth, Ponterwyd in Wales. I took a trip down here with my friends at the beginning of November 2013 as it’s a spot we always escape from the small town life that Aberystwyth has to offer.

We followed one of the trails, and found this seat, where I sat for approx. 40mins just looking. I took a few photographs to document the type of day it was, but there are very few times where I remember being so stopped in my tracks by the beauty of the land around me. The transience of the landscape, and the fleeting nature of it was very apparent to me that day, and I felt inspired to paint.
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The next day, I began to paint a direct reaction to the landscape I had just seen and that was so fresh in my mind. From photographs and a few small thumbnail sketches to work from, I relied heavily on my instinct, intuition and memory. I adjusted and readjusted previous marks, responding to colour, form and what was left from before to build a constructed and experimental landscape. I wasn’t interested in achieving a direct representation, but rather an impressionistic interpretation. I was chasing the ‘essence’ of the landscape. I wanted to portray how the landscape made me feel, I tried to keep it light, vivid and full of life.

my coursemate Kristy has a go reacting to the piece in progress

My coursemate Kristy had a turn at reacting to marks that I had placed on the canvas. The result is a moody, landscape-esque type of painting. It balances somewhere precariously between figuration and abstraction.

Falling in love with paint all over again!