Monday, September 21, 2015
68 X 50 cm
Glass Window has been the starting point of my latest work. The ideas have taken a while to develop but images are starting to shape up... in my head! However, more difficult than ideas, has been the execution of watercolour images to share the planned ideas. There has been quite a bit of practice, practice and more practice; with a drop of experimentation thrown in for good measure so that finally it is all leading to something new emerging. So, Glass Window II, is the first watercolour painting of a wave that I have created. The image is an attempt to capture a combination of the free flowing movement of water with the idea of boundaries and framing that we see in stained glass. A move away from the soft transitions caused by the changing thickness of water to more deliberate shapes being captured.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Acrylic on paper
70 X 49 cm
This painting is the first piece in the development of some work that I have been thinking about for some time. The idea began as I started to see the curtain of water framing the barrel more as a window. When I started to look at it in this way I was struck by the idea of it being much like a stained glass window.
This idea struck a cord relating to how we value things. Stained glass is a luxury item - well I suppose glass windows are fairly luxurious in themselves. However stained glass has been used throughout the world to share ideas, beliefs, to advertise, influence and signify wealth. All these aspects began to make me think about the precious nature of a 'water' stained glass window. They are produced on every shore but few people spend the time immersed in water, in nature, to catch a glimpse. They are here for a split second and cannot be owned and yet the effects created are incredibly beautiful.