It's warmed up down in Cornwall. The sun is shining most days and I'm leaving my flat without a coat more often than not. I've been on a number of adventures with friends now that the weather is allowing for a more pleasant experience and I'm seeing a change in my studio work as a result. The colours are getting brighter and my pieces are departing from the autumnal feel I've been told people get a sense of from them.
After the positive reaction in studio crits to my first trial of translating my collage pieces into paint I have been working on developing this series. I moved away from MDF and picked up a large piece of mount board to paint on.
Thicker and sturdier than standard paper or card, the mount board allowed me to pin the piece up on my wall as I worked. I re-visited my old process of using rollers to create textures, added collage in places and continued using thicker lines of paint to represent mapping lines, journeys taken to a certain place, or reflections of the landscape in the water.
I have also been doing a lot of research into painters this week, watching documentaries and videos of artists working in their studio spaces to break up my working time. I've been finding it really helpful to take breaks for coffee, to do research, stare out the window that frames the golden hour light perfectly, or to look at progress of other artists. This week, I have watched a short film on Hughie O'Donoghue and his process of painting, a film of Vincent Hawkins in his London studio and a two-part series on Alan Gouk and his painting.
Another development with my work and these paintings is the transition to some smaller works. I picked up three A3 canvas panels from an art shop in Falmouth before heading back to the studio after lunch and a meeting about a future exhibition. I haven't done any work on canvas since being at uni, nor have I worked on such a small scale in recent months, so putting my ideas down in this new way has been both challenging and enjoyable.