Residency Day 9

For the last few weeks I have been exploring colour and abstract mark making for a large scale watercolour commission. Interestingly the limited palette that I am working with, at the request of the client, is the same palette I am finding in the Chapel.

This has resulted in a number of preparatory paintings that I felt I needed help to resolve. As a result I booked myself onto the Creative Painting Space course with Emily Ball at Seawhites. Courses like this are a great way to reflect on and refresh my approach to my work. We considered mark making, connection, integration of existing work. I acknowledged my weakness with structure and form, a particular issue for abstract work. Emily suggested I researched a subject, and whilst not explicitly painting the subject, be mindful of it, during my process.

Maybe it is me, but when the blindingly obvious is staring at me, I fail to see it.

At a loss to suggest a subject matter, I chatted to Emily about my residency and the images I was processing. The face of Cornelia, the sculptures of Jesus, and there they were in the paintings we were discussing! The unconscious in action, absorbing, processing and delivering. Yet if I had set about painting such images, the result would have been more consciously contrived.

WIP Watercolour on paper 78 x 58cms

Cornelia her life as struggle.

WIP watercolour on paper 78 x 58cms

Damaged Jesus.

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