This is one of my favourite paintings of the river Nene in
Northamptonshire. I visited Titchmarsh village and walked down into
the valley where I made drawings and soaked up the atmosphere on a
I have made giclee prints of this one as well as canvas
prints. The original is currently on the wall in my home too. Its
nice to sit and stare at this one.
I went to see this film recently and I thought it was fantastic. It
is made in true Mike Leigh style and it felt like you really got an
understanding of what Turner and the people around him really were
like and the very human struggles they went through. However, I am
not sure about strapping yourself to the mast of a ship in a storm
is very clever, although it may have given Turner some great
insight for his artwork.
I was fascinated by the paints artists used then and read few
lines from the book 'Colour' by Victoria Finlay. Apparently
the great masters of the time were warned against using colours
that faded such as carmine red (made of blood). Turner was warned
by Mr Windsor of Windsor and Newton that certain pigments he was
using would not last, but he told them to mind their own business.
People actually brought back his paintings when they faded and he
refused to make them again. Turner used the paint that suited his
immediate desire and cared little for prosperity.
Here is my painting of the Nene River as it passes through
Ditchford on its way to Irthlingborough. Some people know it as the
place where you can hire canoes to go paddling in the summer. Its a
great hidden spot with some beautiful lakes you can walk around. I
have put this picture above my fire place at home to look at in the
I have just discovered another inspirational photographer/ artist
who creates fantastic fragmented portraits.
Desretratos: In this series of papers
invited close friends to tell me a secret while I was photographing
their portraits. But my intention was not to hear his secrets,
but to capture the expressions of each time to reveal this
secret. So I asked to each choose a song for me to
listen on my headset while I was photographing
them.And after this photo shoot I asked
each of them if the secret had some color, and it is these colors
that carry portraits.
Some of my Photography students are really inspired by
painting over photographs. Charlotte Caron produces these artworks
which also make use of the qualities of paint by letting the
painting run across the surface of the photograph.
This reminds me of the famous image by Wanda Wulz, - 'Me and
Charlotte Caron, graduating from Fine Arts
honors just last year, already has an impressive body of work.
into four series—Landscapes, Portraits, Vanities, and
treatment of the Portraits have particularly stood out. A
imaginative hybrid of humans and animals, “this series of
photographs, trying to respond to a form of duality—that
animal part—by the medium of painting in addition, runs,
portrait,” according to the artist statement.
“To ultimately create an osmosis between the two mediums,
so between the animal and the portrait.”
Well I was in London last week on a photography A level training
course and afterwards I thought I would take the opportunity to see
if it possible to get into the Lucien Freud exhbition at the
National Portrait gallery. I arrived at 4pm and tickets were being
sold for 5pm. Brilliant! So I got an audio guide and spent nearly 2
hours viewing his work. What struck me the most was the amazing
dedication and ambition of the artist. He worked intensively right
up to his death last July. Even in the last years of his life, the
audio guide talks about his constant experimental approach to the
subject - painting the human form. One thing I found particularly
amusing was that Lucien had a pass to the gallery after it was
Lucien Freud's intense observational skills came across vividly
when viewing the exhibition. He would constantly remix colours when
working on each detail of his portraits creating a complex variety
of flesh tones during his close scutiny of the subject. What is
quite amusing and again inspiring is how he would then flick or
scrape disgarded paint on the wall when it was finished with.
The new David
Hockney show at the Royal Academy has had plenty
of press this last few days. I also listened to the interview last
Radio 3 which was really inspiring. I have always liked his
work and find his positive enthusiasm very motivating. The
ideas about a movie having multiple perspectives and then the giant
paintings which ask the viewer to 'walk
through the landscape' or look around are great! Also it
reminds me how much I love being outside just 'being' and drawing
nature - he is right there really is too much to see! I
really want to go and see this show!