Sunday, January 17, 2016

Re-Make/Re-Model


Whilst the old painting practice might be in recess at the moment, enjoying what has been a little period of hibernation from shortly before Christmas and since the turn of the new year, thoughts have turned to its resumption & the taking-up of brushes once more, & indeed certain actions have taken place recently to facilitate such, with the photographic evidence below.



What we observe here are five of the model pears, which have served as the physical subject matter for the recent batch of painting productivity (& rather handily, for the purposes of illustration, pictured together as #1 & #14 in the series), subsequently having undergone a process of re-modelling, with air-drying clay applied to alter the original form in the interests of creating something more suitable, more like the shape of the other three objects (e.g. as subjected to the usual scrutiny & representation in #6 & #15) from which I’ve also been working since the summer. Another immersion in whitewash & they were done.

It proved a most satisfying hands-on experience to re-shape the pears, to have that very specific contact with them, deepening the connection with one’s source material, & the results, with their obvious evidence of manu-facture, as sculpted objects, subtly yet significantly re-made, with a range of surface detail - not least a rudimentary faceting, finger- & thumb-marks suggesting an analogy to brushstrokes - that wasn’t previously present, are quite pleasing to the eye too.

Now to compose them upon a horizontal plane & get down to the process of active observation...  



Sunday, January 03, 2016

Cultured Football



A happy new year indeed with the sight, observed whilst tuning-in to the BBC's 'Final Score' yesterday afternoon, of the mighty and magnificent Jonathan Meades, whose marvellously idiosyncratic, fiercely intelligent, erudite, opinionated and witty television films, often based on explorations of architectural idioms but expanding to cover a dizzying range of cultural aspects of peoples and places, are the stuff of hero-worship in the parish of TOoT, turning his hand (or more likely foot, under such circumstances) to a spot of goal-scoring during the day's football fixtures. Ah, the delight of inhabiting alternative universes where such occurrences do actually happen...*

Mr Meades, of course, did touch upon the subject of football, and a discerning selection of the small-town names of the Scottish game that exist in the general public consciousness for but a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon when they appear amongst the soccer scores/results lists, during his 2009 series 'Off Kilter', so the association is not too fanciful a one to make, perhaps.

* See 'The (Fictional) Football Alliance', where such possibilities might exist!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

White Pears #18

Today the opposite of tomato is Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty

(Re)presenting the very latest in the series of paintings taking a selection of the whitewashed model pears as subject/object-matter, the final all-over surface being the result of a single two-hour painting session yesterday afternoon, the textures again being layered upon each other as the process progressed to a point of conclusion, as observation prompts constant revision until something of a representation of the thingness of things in space, Braque's tactile space, is achieved, producing another palpably physical thing, its surface described by light as are the models' & their immediate environment.

'White Pears #18'
oil and acrylic on canvas/10" x 14"/December 2015



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In Other Matters

It's delightful to be able to report that once again it's Moon Wiring Club season, with, on this particular occasion, a veritable cornucopia of three simultaneous releases, comprising the vinyl LP 'Why Does My House Make Creaking Noises?', the CD 'Playclothes From Faraway Places' & the glossy brochure 'The Lovely Day', the latter expanding upon the music's accompanying 'explanatory' artwork (which of course only serves to deepen the overarching (non)sense of the curious and uncanny goings-on in Clinkskell) which is, as ever, such an integral part of the whole.
 







The artwork is of course ravishing, whilst the music contained within, in both its analogue & digital forms, marks a development from the signature sound - although the familiar elements are there, the de-/re-contextualized, disembodied, clipped terribly English found voices, etc - into something noticeably more 80s' electronic, more synthesised sounding, more danceable dare one opine (albeit as a non-dancer), the drum machine beat-driven 'tunes' alternating with more atmospheric, beat-free pieces where one can feel the ghostly mists coiling: it's wonderful stuff, comfortably unsettling in the best possible way, utterly compelling. Nice one, again, Mr Hodgson (& the cast of characters).



Wednesday, December 09, 2015

White Pears #17


The latest in the current series of small-format oil paintings, processed for the most part in one session, sees a return to the whitewashed model pears as subject/object matter.
A certain amount of textural underpainting was performed in acrylic, with such texture relating to the grid-form of the brick- & mortar-work beneath the sheet of white paper that serves as the background to the still life composition upon the white melamine shelf as it exists in actual space & is represented from observation

'White Pears #17'
oil and acrylic on canvas/10" x 14"/December 2015


 
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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Ten Years After: an Anniversary


Today marks the 10th anniversary of the first tentative explorations into cyberspace of the blog, originally titled ‘The Life Aesthetic…’ with the intention of musing upon & recording such subjects as might be appropriate to the living of, that has evolved into ‘The Opposite of Tomato’ & the point we are at creatively, suitably immersed & influenced, today.
 
Given such a momentous occasion, it is of course only right & proper, perhaps, that we should take stock & celebrate with a game of tennis with Richie Tenenbaum in a tent in Tenby, but, instead, the morning has been spent productively in the bringing to a conclusion the latest painting, this time featuring as subject/object matter another pair of yellow-skinned pears sourced by the very wonderful A, adding slightly more colour to recent proceedings, this painting again processed across two sessions, the medium thickly & rapidly applied in the interests of achieving a more tactile, ‘immediate’ surface & imbuing the painting itself with a more ‘object-like’ quality, described by light as, of course, are the forms represented within, thus setting-up a particular visual ‘dialogue’.

'10th Anniversary Pears'
oil on canvas/10" x 14"/November - December 2015
 
 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Chinese Pears



A pair of pale yellow-skinned Chinese pears, matt-surfaced like the usual whitewashed models, adding just a little colour to proceedings, this painting being processed in a couple of sessions.

'Chinese Pears'
oil on canvas/10" x 14"/November 2025



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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

White Pears #16


Continuing in the recent manner, finally achieved an all-over painting, figure and ground, in a single two-hour session.

'White Pears #16'
oil on canvas/10" x 14"/November 2015



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

White Pears #15


Continuing with the 'white pears' painting project, again exploring the use of more thickly applied and textured paint, with this particular example 'rapidly' completed in a pair of briefish sessions, time in mid-November as ever compromised by the seasonal shortage of available natural light, which remains a prerequisite for working in.

'White Pears #15'
oil on canvas/12" x 16"/November 2015


 
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

White Pears #14


The latest in the series of paintings using the whitewashed pears as subject/object matter, again  more thickly-painted & exploring surface texture possibilities.

'White Pears #14'
oil on canvas/10" x 14"/November 2015


 
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