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Painting Log : 07.12.2017

Radio silence for some days has resulted in a FULL-TIME JOB !!!

I’m to restart work, after my year-long enforced ‘career break/breakdown’, after the Xmas holidays.

Returning to the routine of working life will, in no way, signal the end of the Undersong Project, nor the Folk Songs painting cycle I’ve embarked upon. The work – most definitely – continues.

The large central painted board of Poisie -Pastoral (replacing working title Wreath) continues to inch forward…
The central wreath element becomes more defined with the addition of red petals and the ‘plank’ motif in the background…
Detail of the masked off ‘plank’ motif in white undercoat…
‘Plank’ motif top-coat of yellow adding warmth to the composition…
The painted board is now almost at a stage where it’ll be attached to the backdrop. The next cycle of painting will then take place in response to the two elements, rather than just this single board.

Alongside the painting I’m reading Per Kirkeby’s Writings on Art there are many echoes and resonances:

Scenery has always been a thing I’ve employed fiercely in my painting – something flat, perhaps an illusion, something I can steer and move. My texts are scenery too…

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I make use of the material myriad. I make my own system. I have my own models. I extract and collect – and select. My system […] is constituted by private predilections and peculiar special interests an in each case something mysterious…

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