Getting stuck and letting go

The artist Brenda Goodman discusses making progress with a painting. Interesting article, though in my experience I do tend to totally wreck work when I try this.

"In the one, called Breakthrough, I was humming along; and then I got stuck. The middle of the right hand side wasn’t working but it was so beautiful I didn’t want to give it up. I was standing on the edge of the abyss but willfully chose not to jump in. I did not want to “wreck” this painting but was afraid there would be no light on the other end. I had never before or after felt this anxiety so intensely. The jump would mean letting go of that precious section and I would have to TRUST that something else would appear — and that something would resolve and complete the painting..."

Full article here

Painting: the ugly stages

I'm always curious to see stages of other people's paintings, so I was particularly interested when a fellow student presented stages of her work to the class and discussed the difficulties she encountered.

Currently my painting below is at an early stage. Bits I've masked with liquid latex are still white. I'm not entirely sure how I will handle the figures in regards to colour and amount of detail. The washes on them will be painted over. The background also needs more added to it and I intend to create more layers. I'm uncertain about the geometry too but will figure it out. This is an ugly stage and it's possible I will mess it up. Will maybe post a few more stages as I progress, assuming I don't hate them.

Detail of 60x60cm MDF panel

Detail of 60x60cm MDF panel

Ken Kiff: The Hill of Dreams

Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BY
4 March – 17 April 2015

"In the Hill of Dreams, which includes encaustic paintings, monotypes, lithographs, etchings, woodcut and monoprint, Ken Kiff is revealed as an artist’s artist, creating images to draw the viewer in, as if to partake in his adventure"

Excerpt of review by Janet McKenzie. Full review on Studio International website.

View exhibition catalogue

Woman in sky, Acrylic on board, 1999

National Gallery Triptych, Acrylic on board, 1993

Man Painting on Yellow, Oil on board, 1965