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Wednesday, 12 September 2007

getting close


I think I've nearly finished a painting...

9 comments:

  1. Pretty good roj - it's become a bit of a visual treat. I like the new subtleties that have been introduced. You seem to be onto a new thing here. I like the references/influences as in the Rothco bit. There seems to be a slight city scape feel to this painting when viewed from a distance. Are the yellows etc. that been added transparent or solid paint?
    There is always something esoteric about texture. A suggestion of a hidden metaphysical issue. The transparent/scumbled textures act like a veil. Lawrence Daws seems to be a master at this veiled texture technique. Even to the point that some of his figures are veiled or behind screens. It reminds me of the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the tabernacle. Something hidden, something mysterious evoking a deeper knowledge.

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  2. What I really want to say is "Jesus David give the religion a rest." but I suppose I should be nice and say something bland and inoffensive. Please tell me is this blog about art or something else?

    What I really want to say is how much I've enjoyed looking at this painting, made larger to fit the whole screen. It looks to me like you are enjoying this painting Roj, it shows in the lightness, whiteness and contrasts. A painting to come back and look at again and again and always gain something new.

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  3. bad luck about that then elisabeth; the painting was giving me a hard time so it underwent some fairly radical changes. I didn't mean to, all I wanted to do was add a nice transparent sapphire wash down one side but then the yellow started to annoy me and after that I went off the white, then it got totally out of control and I painted most of it black and that was even worse so I poured turps all over it and then mixed in a bit of car wash and that didn't help much so I scrubbed it with hessian and it all turned uniform grey so i trowelled on half a tub of paint stripper and gave it a half hour to think about the error of its ways. After that I gave it a good scrubbing with a bristle broom and hosed it off. The upshot of that was all these chunky bits that were just falling off so I had to scrape it back with a pallet knife which went right through the canvas in a couple of spots. I have since added a cut-away section (or should that be taken away a cut-away section) which had a few issues along the way - firstly, I carefully measured where to cut the hole and stuffed that up entirely. I forgot to allow for cutting from the back and cut the hole opposite where i had intended...bugger. So I cut another hole and got it about right then glued the wrong bit back in place. All it needs now is a shadowy drawing on the left and a bit of scrawly text maybe across the top - along the lines of the stuff that floats down the river being the memories of the flow - mysterious bits of detritus, every one with its own secret past...

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  4. Photo please. We need to see the evidence of this orgy of destruction!

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  5. I agree with Elisabeth, show us the proof of this new creation if that is what you can call it.

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  6. Thanks for your evidentiary photos Roj which I have seen on your blog.

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  7. Who is this masked man/woman they call anonymous? Stand up and be counted.

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  8. Don't you dare, stay sitting right where you are.

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  9. Hi all this is anonymous, I would like to say that I have been enjoying your Blogs, I mean no harm or disrespect. I am just curious. AKA me

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