glass and marbles

Autumn panel and Sea panel
Autumn panel and Sea panel

I suspected I’d fall in love with making fused glass – and so it is! These are my first two pieces to come out of the kiln, and even though they have “undesigned” bubbles, I’m so happy to have produced anything remotely as intended! Now working on some more – with perhaps a few more curves included this time. The possibilities are endless, although my ambition immediately exceeded my skill – a lot to learn – and some science, not my strong point. But it’s like holding colour in your hands, so tactile. Hope to make progress.

Teaching by the excellent tutor Kate O’Connell at Making Space, Havant.

Seachange 1
Seachange 1

Still painting though! – this painting in ink and gouache was inspired by a workshop at Pallant House Gallery to do with interpreting sound. It was in connection with the artwork of the month by Wihelmina Barnes Graham, although I never really understood what the connection was! I must have missed a bit somewhere….. Nevertheless I was interested to read in her biography that she was inspired by Turner’s seascapes, although there isn’t an obvious connection to her work there either I think. It must be all in the mind……

I have done several more versions, the colour becoming more adventurous as I continue. Must be the glass!

Marbled papers
Marbled papers

Also been on a day’s “marbling” – another very interesting way of “playing” with colour, really enjoyed the experience. This method above is Suminagashi (floating ink) first practised in Japan in (?)12th Century and different to the Renaissance and Ebro methods which use feathers and combs. This is all about gently blowing and allowing ink to find it’s own course. Not quite in control – and a bit unexpected. The professionals are of course in control, but I don’t think I can wait that long to learn how, so I’ll have to make do with happy (or otherwise) accidents. I’ve always believed painting should have serendipity too.

Anyway, I seeĀ  some collage work coming out of it in the near future, and no doubt I will be mightily inspired by Mark Hearld’s work currently showing at the Bankside Gallery London in “St.Judes in the City” exhibition. I’m off to see it tomorrow – Southern trains permitting of course. I’ll be reporting back…

 

Life’s still a Beach

November sunshine
November sunshine

It’s just beginning to be a bit colder and blustier- so probably not long before the beachcomb pickings will be a bit more abundant.

Beach mobile with seashells, driftwood, seaglass, sea china and wire
Beach mobile with seashells, driftwood, seaglass, sea china and wire

So I’ve used what I can for the moment, hoping for more this Winter!

Seaweed is starting to come in and be left in piles on the strandline. I’m always a bit sad for it, as it seems to dry out so quickly. I’ve been pressing some, drawing some, and using the lovely shapes it makes. So it too will be useful in the coming months (although there is some objection as it can get a bit smelly if I take too long to draw or paint it…)

Stranded
Stranded
Pressed seaweed
Pressed seaweed
seaweed silkscreen design
seaweed silkscreen design
seaweed motif ready for silkscreening
seaweed motif