The joy of spontaneous painting

There's so much enjoyment that comes from appreciating the art of others but it's not often considered how much joy, or shall I say, satisfaction the artist gets out of the process.

A style such as precise representational painting may be difficult to execute but at the end of the day all that attention to detail can end up being just a nice picture that looks like a photo. In non-representational painting (such as geometric abstraction), which I have done in the recent past, there may also be a lot of technical discipline needed to create the work, meaning it will take days if not weeks to finish. Of course, all this is absolutely fine if it's what one thrives on doing but in my quest to find a way of working that suits my lifestyle and aesthetic desires I've recently moved towards a method which is freer in execution and rougher in application. This way of working has proved surprisingly satisfying for me.

Now I have taken to pulling paint over canvas using humble cardboard to apply it. Using acrylic paint means I can't hang around too long as the paint will dry but I can completely indulge in my lust for colour, placement of forms and texture too, which is often omitted in my more formal abstract pieces.

These three new canvases follow on from Dark Matter 1 and 2 which had similarities to screen printing in that I pulled the paint in a thick wadge across the surface of the paper, then added other imprints and stains.

Acrylic on canvas
30 x 25 cm

All three pieces have a cityscape-type quality, which is accidental. They are actually just colours, forms and textures. Anyway, I'm not ashamed to say that these were simple for me to do but there is something wonderful about simplicity and spontaneity and I got an easy pleasure from making them. I'm pleased overall with how they've turned out so I will be doing a few more and exploring what this way of painting has to offer me...for a while at least.

Acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm

Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm

Dark Matter 2

Here's another version of Dark Matter. I made this and the previous one very quickly and was pleased with the results. At the moment I'm working on something similar but larger and I've been stopping and starting whilst making it and it isn't working at all. Which just goes to show that there's something to be said for starting and finishing in one session.  It's a sort of holistic thing I reckon.

Dark Matter 2 2019
Jane Pearrett
Acrylic Paint, grease-proof paper, coffee stains, sellotape, brown paper, gouache and staple holes on natural paper.

 Here are some details...

Showing some reflections with the sellotape contrasting with the matt paper...sellotape ages very nicely by going a bit yellow. I'll have to be patient for that.

Some accidental finger prints in the sellotape and skin prints in the yellow paint.

Keeping the flow going

I'm breaking away from my usual techniques with new ways of working. The issue for me is that the way I often work can be too precise. This can cause me to spend too long without working and induce block.  So I'm limbering up with a looser approach both in application and in materials. I may not stick to this but for now it's good.

Sometimes I buy art materials with one intention and then forget what it was only to use it a year or so later for something completely different. I found, as a result of this, some natural paper tucked away and slightly damaged. This was perfect for some experimentation.

Dark Matter 1 2019
Acrylic paint, grease-proof paper, coffee stains, sellotape, brown paper, gouache and staple holes on natural paper.

Here's another image that captures some of the textures not seen in the whole foto above.

Capturing the sellotaped areas on the signature and top right.

Jane and Robin Shout on Xmas Day by WE

It's Boxing Day and WE are playing with a present I bought for my partner in crime. A little set of rubber stamps. Yesterday, Christmas Day, we started with a row...classic Xmas dysfunction. Then we spent the whole morning cooking: a nut roast and a vegan gravy for the vegetarians and a traditional turkey dinner for the carnivores. A small family gathering ensued and we had a lovely time. 
Today we've been playing with the stamps and without realising it have made a work which echoes the argument we had yesterday. 

Jane And Robin Shout On Xmas Day
Print and drawing
Acrylic paint and ink
December 2018


Folkestone UK

My new bolthole is Folkestone in Kent. Only 55 minutes from St Pancras on the fast train and you're there by the sea. There are lovely walks along the white cliff tops where on October 11th we picked wild apples, saw butterflies coupling and wild violets in flower; plus a really strange-looking long beetle that crossed our path. It was a warm and sunny day so I guess the wildlife was enjoying it as much as we were. We came across a Battle of Britain memorial site and nosed around in there taking fotos of the replica planes, which were impressive even though they were copies. This foto is the result of getting in close and personal to the aeroplanes.