Friday, August 23, 2013
Path through Trees - oil on Italian gesso panel - 12"x8"
Worked this painting up from a smaller plein air study created last year.
The Tree grove is located close to an area called Muckanish.
I just love the place names here in the Burren, they all sound so musical.
Walk through the path, out into the field and over the hill.
You can imagine what greets you on the other side.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The last week and a half have been spent furthering my studio practice.
I started with a week long intensive course in abstract painting at the Burren College of Art.
It was such a great experience for me - to be back in a shared space and to be surrounded by new books, ideas and all the tools I needed to advance.
For many years I have been interested in the rigour of abstract painting, especially the abstract expressionists, and actually came to base my Bachelor of Arts thesis on the study of their work through the eyes of Freudian psychoanalysis.
The real breakthrough of the week happened for me a day or so before the end of the course when I came across a book about the work practices of Gerhard Richter entitled The Daily Practice of Painting: Writings 1962 - 1993. Even though Richter appears to have been this incredible manipulative personality, further understanding of his work practices and an understanding about the bewildering heterogeneity of his work has given me an ever freer approach to my own studio practice and development.
I produced some sixteen abstractions of various sizes during the week all based on memories of a recent trip to North County Mayo. Look forward to take these piece to a finish and share them with you at some stage in the not to distant future.
Below some recent studio shots for you to see.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Tree Cluster & Field - oil on panel - 7"x5"
Not a typical composition for me, I found this cluster of trees sitting at the end of a shouting bright green field, with the contrasting silence of the limestone hills in the far distance.
The scene seemed to yell out 'foreground, middle ground and background' to be arranged on my panel as I saw fit.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Two Wrapped - oil on panel - 7"x5"
Created this piece in fields close by my studio a couple of weeks ago.
I just love making fluid sketches like this out in the open air.
A couple of the local farmers came over to see the painting in progress.
They are well used to see me traipsing through the fields and slipping under their electric fencing.
They got a great kick out of it when I told them I'd title the painting 'Two Wrapped'!
Hope you like it. - R
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