Friday, 27 May 2011

The Luck of Ginger Coffey' or an ex-officer eats in Coventry

I think this is now finished.  lots of problems with the resin as a hairy orange carpet was put on top of it whilst still tacky.  so now there is no longer 'sky' and I think that is much clearer, nearer to the essence of the

Monday, 16 May 2011

from Gillie McNeill, enthusiastic!

I love the idea of the move from the representational to the abstract.  This is how our brain works....seeing if not searching for recognisable known objects and people in otherwise abstract visual patterns and colours, and likewise seeing the concrete move into the abstract, (especially when looking into the distance for short sighted people!!)  The human brain has a special area designated for face recognition, and this does not include specs. /clothes./hairdos etc of a person....just eyes nose and mouth on the face shape.  for this reason, in abstract pictures/views we search for human faces almost as a need to satisfy our brain activity.  Thus in abstract pictures, as you have on the right hand side,  we are searching for elements of humans, but not actually needing to see representations of them.  We see resonances of humans which is deeply satisfying.

Monday, 2 May 2011


I don't know what happened to the last speil I wrote, disappeared into the ether.  I am currently studying for an MA at Bath.  I am working on that area between narrative and abstract work.  I am making paintings 43"x34" a( a size that fits into my car, not for any particularly esoteric reason). I steal images with my mobiel phone, work them up in oil on linen/canvas, attach a photograph of the 'finished' work to a board, and work on the second image with mixed media and resin, simplifying back on both images.  I really think something is eventually coming out of this work.  my subject matter relates to older people, especially to older women:  titles I have appropriated from novels I have read, a bit enigmatic, but then I add a subtitle which clarifies it all.