Recently I have been getting a few requests from people over on my Instagram feed as to whether or not I sell my work, so I have started to take on collage commissions. In between working on paintings for uni in the studio I have been making custom collages. It's lovely to know that some of my little pieces are now in new homes across the UK.
In terms of my painting practice, early this week I finished working on the three canvas panels I bought from an art shop in Falmouth last Wednesday. They've been an interesting development given that the subject matter of the Cornish landscape is less obvious in them in comparison to my bigger works. My tutor Simon said that there was an element of mystery to them despite there being an evident horizon and the shapes and blocks of colour mimicking the coastal landscape.
My tutorial session, the last before Easter break, was also a key moment in the studio this week. As I had finished the group of small paintings I was unsure of where to go next with the work. I mentioned that I was writing my essay on Ian McKeever and so Simon and I spent some time in my tutorial session looking through some of his work and commenting on elements that we felt could work well in my own practice.
We decided that McKeever's use of paint and transparency was interesting - adding mystery to the works by revealing layers of paint he has previously applied. In my work this method could act as a symbol of the Cornish landscape and how it constantly changes through degradation and erosion. By looking at McKeever's paintings it feels like something is shifting every time you glance back at it. There is a certain fluidity and movement to the works despite the format being a two dimensional, flat, static painting.
That fluid quality is, for me, what makes McKeever's work so visually appealing and so this is something I'm going to try out in my next piece. I want to try my hand at using a gel medium to create transparency with my paints so I don't lose any of the rich pigment as you do when thinning with water.
This week, aside from finishing my paintings and having studio tutorials, I have also been doing lots more artist research in preparation for my essay. As I mentioned previously I have chosen to write about the work of artist Ian McKeever so have consequently been immersing myself in a few hour-long documentaries about his work that Simon referred me to.
Before leaving Cornwall for the Easter break I have also been doing lots of texture/mark-making on large sheets of paper and made numerous cuttings from these to pack for collage making at home. I've transformed my bedroom desk here in Bedford into a temporary studio where I plan to make lots of new collage work and write this essay before I head back to sunny Falmouth in a few weeks time for the third term of first year.