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Painting Log : 15.11.2017

Stuff gets in the way. Stuff cuts off ‘flow’ and slows creativity to a crawl.

It’s been like that for days, everything’s in slow mo.

Stuff – the car’s MOT, the boat engine overheating issue, a family cold wiping us all out, a house guest sleeping in the studio, teenage angst, job applications and just day-to-day life – have got in the way of painting.

It’s therefore with a sense of huge relief that – finally – I’m able to free-up sufficient time+headspace to attempt to make just a little progress…

This is the second painting in the FourSquare series. I’m recycling a used canvas I picked up years ago as I can’t afford new canvases. And anyway, recycling makes sense. An additional benefit of a used canvas is it gives me a base coat of an image to respond to – in this case the tree and a tiger! First job was the paint the rest of the canvas a gloss coat of grass green, just to help me to ‘take ownership’ of the image space.
Leaves, bonfires, the silhouette of the tree, it’s an Autumnal feel prompting memories of childhood October’s spent bonfire building; Penny-for-the Guy, parkin & bonfire toffee; dens and tree houses and first chill of Winter…
I’ve pared back to a simple symbolic form – the ‘block’ – to suggest the building of a bonfire…
End of painting session two. The ‘white’ bonfire of day one has been overpainted with ‘oak’ leaves, the tiger is hidden under ‘fallen’ oval leaves and the tree stands proud of a ‘forest’ of vertical lines. It feels as if there’s the start of a narrative forming? Perhaps…

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