Saturday, 29 July 2017

Watercolours & Gouache

Selection Box

Yellows, Greys, Blacks 

Sculpture Garden, Dungeness


Painting Scribble 1

Painting Scribble 2





6 Gins was a temporary project space at The Royal Standard, Liverpool running June - December 2016.  I was invited to participate by James Worley to show various works of my choice showing different approaches and materials used in my practice. I also made a new large site specific cardboard work with the help of James Worley, Meg Brain and other recent graduates. I was 7 months pregnant at the time so grabbed the opportunity to make something large as it would most likely be a long time until I would be able to again. (I wasn't wrong!) It was a really fun project with some great company. 

Watercolour & gouache on paper wall with James Worley sculpture in the middle window

James & Meg

Pink cardboard construction with James Worley table sculpture

Loop the Loop, oil & oil bar on board

Watercolour & gouache on paper

Watercolour & gouache on paper

oil on board

Box Headoil on board

Pudding & Net series, oil on board

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Gouache on Paper

Although I regularly use water based paints and inks in sketchbooks and observational drawings, I haven't used gouache for years, probably not since school. I was lured in after seeing box sets on sale at the counter of Cornelissen & Son. There's nothing like working with a new material (or revisiting) to give current ideas a different approach. Working with gouache is fast, light, extremely refreshing & satisfying - a welcome break after working with oils for so long.  

Cactus Garden 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm

Cactus 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm 

    Cactus #2 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm

Palms 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm

Network 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm

Mesh 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm

Large Orange Structure 2013 Gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm 

Teddy Bear Cactus 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm 

Tower 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 21 cm 

Rocket 2013 gouache on paper 30 x 21 cm 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Puddings & Pies

Trifle 2011 oil on board

Puddings & Pies is another ongoing series that I started last year. The subject matter is the perfect excuse to combine quickly applied strokes of oil paint  with thick and creamy masked off areas. 

Tall Trifle 2011 oil on board

The trifles and the summer pudding in particular have thinly mixed colours that run into each other. They  have been left to dry with the painting propped up so encouraging the merging of colours/layers, mirroring the nature of the puddings themselves where booze and fruit juices soak into sponges and breads.  

Summer Pudding Cross Section 2011 oil on board

The layers are then masked off and contained within a more opaque background and creamy thick topping or a dividing wall of bread or pastry. As with the net series, the backgrounds (painted in last) and the toppings act as framing devices for the areas of colour and mark making.

Massive Meringue Pie 2011 oil on board

When thinking of puddings (and pies) I think of pleasure and extravagance and also of over indulgence and potentially leading to displeasure! It's all about knowing when to stop! And I think this balance of pleasure and self control verses over indulgence is evident in the paintings. A love of materials is shown in the fast, excitable application of paint and seeping colours of the fillings that are then contained by a controlling background and topping. 

Pork Pie Cross Section  2011 oil on board

Midnight Trifle 2011 oil on board

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Catalogue Collages

Negative Women's Fashion 2012 collage on paper

Ever since I can remember I have always cut things out of magazines, catalogues, programmes etc. I think my love of shape probably stems from this. I have made collages alongside paintings for a while now. Usually very playful in approach and focusing on positive/ negative  shape/ space and materials.

 Sky in the Woods 2012 collage on paper

This recent series of collage have been made from luxury fashion and lifestyle catalogues. My attraction to this material is the quality of paper (very nice thick matt paper) and the catalogues for expensive goods seen to have a lot of pages of good photography and not much to sell. 

 Shape Shifter by the Sea 2012 collage on paper

Swimming on the Steps 2012 collage on paper

So by cutting out and disposing of the subjects I am left with interesting shapes which happen mostly by chance- particularly when cutting out the subjects from both sides of a page. The shapes then become more ambiguous. I usually cut these pages out until I have a pile of negatives and then start playing around with them and layering up pages. Sometimes only 2 pages sometimes up to 4 or 5. Pages/layers are flipped, turned and arranged until I am happy with the composition and am left with something that is both familiar and ambiguous. 

Sky Blob 2012 collage on paper

Figurines 2012 collage on paper

Grass Skirt 2012 collage on paper

Hunchback on the Beach 2012 collage on paper

Figurine Casual Style 2012 collage on paper

Shopping 2012 collage on paper

Teen Wolf in a Blue T-Shirt 2012 collage on paper

 Figurine in a Field 2012 collage on paper