Thursday, 11 January 2018

Absence Of Suffering

I've been working for a while on the theme of movement downwards and there is still much more work to come under this theme.  My next painting will in fact belong to this theme.  This painting however belongs to the theme of absence of suffering.  Some may say that this refers to the Buddhist teachings about suffering and samsara (cycle of life and rebirth).  It doesn't actually relate to this concept of learning about suffering through many lives until one is freed from the cycle of life in order to achieve Nivana and extinction which is the ultimate release from suffering.  If anyone were to read that concept into this work that is fine for them, but absence of suffering for me is another way of trying to explain the concept of unspeakable pure peace.  There are peaceful moments in life such as sitting in a park in the sunshine or spending time reading or enjoying scenes from nature etc.  These 'peaceful' moments are always transient and never last.  They aren't absolute perfect peace.  Some people would say that pure peace doesn't exist and I would agree.  It doesn't exist in world.  I suppose true peace or peacefulness is an absence of suffering.

Absence Of Suffering, oil painting on canvas 61cm x 91cm (2018)

Monday, 1 January 2018

Movement downwards 5

The first post of 2018 continues with the theme of movement downwards.  Here is another painting based on this theme.  When I think about 2017 I see it as the worst and best of years.  Worst for obvious reasons, but best for experiencing something that completely changed my perspective on life and death.  I've still got quite a few paintings left to do that continue this theme in various ways before I move on to the next project based on the theme of 'absence of suffering'.

Movement downwards 5, ink and oil paint on canvas 91cm x 61cm (2017)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Movement Downwards (Gift)

Here is the second painting based on the theme of movement downwards.  I've used about 200 diamante rhinestones however I would have to use a different camera/light to get them to show up in the pictures that are taken of these paintings.  I think I've captured the movement downwards in the way that I was wanting which is a surprise because I didn't think it was possible to capture the style of movement that I have being trying to portray.  I've decided that this painting should be called Movement Downwards (Gift) because the inspiration behind this theme of work is just that, a gift off someone very close.  It cost no money but has been the best gift I've ever had (better than winning all lotteries combined forever).  I think about gifts as well because of the time of year.  My husband came home from the shops a few days ago and told me how people were fighting (elbowing each other and getting irate) over a pile of half price Christmas crackers at Waitrose supermarket.  I thought about it and could see them in my mind getting upset and arguing with strangers over a pack of half price Christmas crackers.  I think that a huge proportion of the populace has lost its mind in general anyway, but fighting over half price crackers is basically crackers!  Maybe if people took a step back and looked at the world around them properly they might get over themselves for a minute.  I can only hope during this season of 'Peace and goodwill'.

Movement Downwards (Gift), oil on canvas 91x61cm.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Movement Downwards Painting

I've finally finished my assessment work for the time being and have some time to put some paintings together based on my latest project 'Movement Downwards'.  I have about 20 A4 mainly pen drawings based upon this theme.  I have so many ideas to explore within this project before I develop it further into a sub project which will be based on 'Absence Of Suffering'.  I'm not completely sure how I will approach the sub project but hopefully my work on Movement Downwards will help towards the next project. 

This painting is the first of quite a few that will be produced over the next few months.  I have glued tiny diamante gems onto parts of the painting however in order to see them properly you would have to view the painting in real life.  I put them on the painting to help with the sense of movement downwards that is in the painting.

Movement Downwards, painting 1, A2 oil on canvas (2017)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Movement Downwards 3

This is the third installment of my studies about movement downwards.  I have drawn at least 20 different pieces, each trying to capture moving downwards in different ways.  I still have some more ideas that I may try out before moving on to painting these ideas.  This may take some time due to further work commitments however I hope to get painting as soon as possible and certainly before December.

Drawing 1, carbon pencil, drawing 2, pen and coloured pencil (A4) 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Movement downwards 2

Some more work on the theme that I have been looking at.

Ink painting, A4 (2017)
We have been returning to my mum's flat regularly and clearing out stuff before the new buyer moves in.  Every so often we come across another sketch book (there have been at least 12 so far).  Some of them contain ideas for work (she was an art teacher), others study personal themes that I will post up over the next few months.  Some of her ideas are very personal.  What I find striking is the last sketch I found less than two weeks ago contained a small number of works quite similar to some of the stuff I have been working on.  Here are some examples.

Ann Fones (c.2017)

Ann Fones (c.2017)

This last piece is kind of similar too but also shows how my mum could be her own harshest critic.

Ann Fones (c.2017)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Movement downwards

I've spent a couple of weeks on a series of drawings looking at the subject of movement.  These are abstract pieces obviously.  I've talked about the inspiration for this project to a very small number of people and it will be interesting to hear what they think about my work on this.  For everyone else, make what you want of them as abstract pieces. 

I will be investigating different colour schemes in these abstract pieces although the 'purest' ones are without colour or are simply gray.  I think they will be interesting colour studies though!  The next stage of this project is to start work on paintings in my case although there will be more drawings to come.

Movement downwards 2, pen drawing and coloured pencil A4 (2017)

Movement downwards 5, pen drawing  A4 (2017)

Movement downwards 4, pen drawing and coloured pencil A4 (2017)

Movement downwards 3, pen drawing and coloured pencil A4 (2017)

Movement downwards, pen drawing A4 (2017)

Movement downwards 6, pen drawing and coloured pencil A4 (2017)

Movement downwards 1, pen drawing A4 (2017)