Thursday, 21 July 2016
new work - pictures within pictures
old photos, stacked cups, wildflowers - gouache on Fabriano paper
A long-term fascination for me is how an artist might 'reproduce' images - postcards on a wall, or photographs, or framed paintings.... Many artists over time have depicted pictures within their compositions, so as with anything, this is not a new idea. There's some interesting art theory regarding the reproduction of grand paintings - the museum culture of postcards etc... but I won't write an essay here. A starting point if you are interested would be John Berger's 'Ways of Seeing', I guess.....
I've worked 'pictures within pictures' into compositions in the past. I am interested in interiors, so paintings, photographs, all come into consideration perhaps when looking into a room as a painterly space..... In my most recent and ongoing paintings I am considering pictures as a focal point and have so many different ideas to explore. Here I am sharing just a few new paintings.
'summer flora and a postcard (Corot portrait)' - gouache on Fabriano paper
All my recent paintings have been gouache on my favoured Fabriano paper (it's a smooth, tough paper of the highest quality that I enjoy working on). Gouache is a paint that I've worked with for many years now and perhaps prefer over acrylics. In some ways it is like handling watercolour but there is more opportunity for opacity and the paint does not have the same luminosity as watercolour - it is a matt paint and if you accept its chalky properties there's a lot you can do with it. I don't draw with a pencil before painting - as some artists might. I just don't get on with a pencil when painting, it's a personal preference. This means that I work very directly and have to consider my moves with care. As always a certain amount of bravado is required...... These new still life paintings are yet more detailed and are in ways several pictures in one, if you want to see it that way.
(I'll be updating my shop with a variety of new work - next Wednesday 27th).