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Painting Log : 05.11.2017

I’m going to add hands prints across this painting (below) to disrupt what, to my eyes, is currently a rather tight and over-graphic image. It’s an action that’ll hopefully transform this rather static first painting in the FivePeas* series into something more visually dynamic and engaging.

I think I’m avoiding ‘getting stuck in’ to this painting. Avoiding a confrontation with what’s there. Silly to get so bogged down, time to paint but perhaps not tonight, but in the morning well who knows… a case of hasta maniana eh?

One way to have hands to stencil when I’m working alone in the studio are these cut-outs of my family’s hands…
Working out the best way to ‘print’ hands to make hand-prints… a piece of wood, covered in cling film & rollered with black acrylic paint…
Hand prints where the roller was used to roll paint onto the hand…
Hand prints where the hand is placed in the paint…

ps. I’ve just come across this rather apposite quote in Mindfulness by Mark Williams & Danny Penman:

…until one one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would  never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings and materials assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, 1953

 

 

*Five Peas is, I guess, a rather predictable shorthand term for my family, and comes from the simple idea of five peas in a pod.

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