Becoming itself

In the studio: The painting has progressed and been photographed at each phase. I now have a procession of images – and am currently processing them – I choose this word having still in mind Tuesday’s online Processing workshop (see page titled Processing in this blog) The animation below begins to unfold the picture’s narrative further […]

Animate

In the studio: Painting progressing, I wanted to capture each and every passage of paint so far – which I have done in terms of the animation above. Experience tells me that the painting is about a quarter of the way through but I can’t be certain. Lighting conditions vary greatly from day to day […]

Bound Together in a Digital Age

I constantly reflect on this: The beauty of being able to connect with anyone in the world through the digital is surely one of the great poems of our times – we are all alive and telling each other so, each in our unique individual way – a scenario which has perhaps, the potential to shape one […]

Symposium 1

A reflection first: This first symposium was hugely rewarding, hearing about the others on my course and having the chance to introduce my own work. I have revisited yesterday’s Skype session, as I am very keen to get to know everyone properly. The feeling of being connected, of having more and more in common with […]

Next, Yellow

  The painting continues:   This, a primary field – one straight out of the Huge First Nothing. Red – What next? yellow?  blue?   Answer the same as before because it was right there beneath my hand – closest and therefore, in this instant, the dearest too.   This is reason good enough?   […]

First Red

  In the studio again: moving the painting on – I can’t just stay in the same spot. The ground beneath my feet moves with me Though I am still in love with it, it is barely begun.   I introduce red and cultivate its extension. The red suggests its own shape, I follow it […]

The Huge First Nothing

Rise after rise bow the phantoms behind me, Afar down I see the huge first Nothing, I know I was even there, I waited unseen and always, and slept through the lethargic mist, And took my time, and took no hurt from the fetid carbon poetry quotes from Song of Myself by Walt Whitman In […]

I ask myself, I ask you

In the studio: next painting to be done, already primed (on aluminium). The painting has its full potential as it is now, here in front of me, in Negative Capability (potential is only that, the not-yet-realized, nothing more or less). The physicality of its presence is striking, as there is, as yet, no illusion to distract. […]

Introductions

An aside reflection: Introduction: Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘bring (a person) into a place or group’): from Latin introducere, from intro- ‘to the inside’ + ducere ‘to lead’. The origin of words fascinates me – meaning first, definition later.  I like words, I like poetry in particular when it is poetry which tries to clarify what it is […]

Reflection

  Here below begins my contribution, as a painter, to a research project that’s exploring and defining what art is in the digital age. The word reflection was put to us by Jonathan Kearney during the MAFine Art (Digital) first group chat yesterday: I responded by saying that I see reflection as the bending back of something […]