I paid a quick visit to Oriel Mostyn to see the current exhibition which, if I'm honest, mostly left me cold. The scale of the paintings was perfect for this huge gallery though; that much colour up close is always welcome!
Irma Blank's "Breath Paintings"
And then there was the work of Argentinian artist Amalia Pica. I didn't connect with much of it but found this cardboard construction rather intriguing especially against the beautiful wooden floor.
Old crochet vs new pen work. I find these pebbles with facets flat enough to balance the whole object on fascinating.
Interesting though how long it's taken me to put the two ideas together. Breaking out the hooks right now...
Detail of this...
Less than a metre between the furthest points...
Learned a lot during it's creation not least that I want to make more.
Save for a little glitch I keep getting when using 'recolour', this app is a whole heap of fun and prepare yourself, is actually useful. Yes, a useful, creative app. That is inexpensive. I love friendly developers.
The image above shows me playing with the colour scheme: the completed painting has turned out to be blue/yellow. Collage was an option for experimenting with but Procreate is much faster and just as easy to play with. FYI, the painting doesn't have a black background, it is geometrically shaped. See now?
Finished painting to follow...
Between pedagogical research (as much fun as it is to say) and 'innovate strategy' planning I've been able to find a little time to be creative.
I'm not sure how anyone living in a part of the world with so few daylight hours actually makes a living from their art. I had a whole day painting the other day but only got about 5 or 6 decent hours for mixing. Moving to Spain would not be an unwelcome future development!
No new year resolutions as such but I have started on a 'makemarksdaily' kick since Christmas. On day nine but it's already inspired me to crack open the gouache. Posts to follow. TED Ed have this short video for those of you that might be wondering why you bother trying to stick to resolutions (climbing Kilimanjaro optional).
Photo: frost on the car roof taken with iPhone but at a really tight angle; no tiltshift!
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