Painting with fire: Connected and course completion

Painting with fire officially finished 6 days ago and with some determination and cheers of encouragement from the face book group I have finished my final painting!

This one I am calling ‘Connected’ as that’s what I feel the two people are, I won’t write an analytical report on this painting as I feel this is my most true and raw piece, paint speaks when words can not.

This painting has been through so many changes – the person on the left used to be multi coloured, then blue! The person on the right used to have big wings and I don’t know why they are nude they just are, that’s the way it is.

I think the ‘windows’ with flowers on the body relate to chakras, I’m doing a self portrait with chakras at the moment in pencil (where everything has to be precise and exact) so painting these loosely was so much more freeing.

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Connected makes up the final three along with Women’s Worth and Paths, roads, tubes, eggs.

As I sat outside with my paintings in front of me, Chris Zydel refers to this as a ‘closing ritual’ I could see the path from where I had started and where I had come.

In my first painting I did a bold fearless free shape, then moved on to lots of different elements and detail for my second (both these with some relation to how I felt physically too).

The final one was the only time (so far) that I filled the page with paint and kept going and going because it didn’t feel finished! There was more to show and share and something to say about how I feel (in my mind) with paint!

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I am incredibly grateful for this Painting with fire experience as I feel freer with my creativity – I will continue to implement it into my morning routine (a very good habit these past few weeks).

I feel more confidence and ease around a range of set ups and paints and fully alive when intuitive painting, something I aim to implement in other areas of my life!

Outsider Art inspiration at the Pallant Gallery

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This week I drove the furthest away since passing, a whole 70 miles to Chichester to see some Art!

Pallant House Gallery has a collection of British Modern Art and a rolling programme of displays and exhibitions. There aren’t many galleries outside of London that hold Art that interests me, this was number one on my list to visit, number two is the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.

I was inspired by a lot of Art on offer, it’s quite a large gallery space with a whole variety of works. I really liked the brush work, bold backgrounds and whimsical song lyrics sewing of Clair Woods and Des Hughes. As well as some works by John Piper, the colour scheme of his Foliate heads were fabulous.

The section of visionary portraits I really enjoyed, especially Nigel Kingsbury and Dora Hazhandler.

I REALLY ENJOY LOOKING AT OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPRESSIVE, IMAGINATIVE ART AND SEE MYSELF AS AN OUTSIDER ARTIST. I AM MOSTLY SELF TAUGHT AND BELIEVE ART IS ALL ABOUT THE EXPRESSION YOU PUT ONTO THE PAGE OR SURFACE – ART IS FOR EVERYONE.

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My main reason for going to the Pallant, was Outside In had teamed up with Radical Craft for an exhibition Radical Craft: Alternative ways of making.

I started off my creative journey in craft then moved onto Art and I feel as if I’ve come full circle, that I can finally use both in my creative time/art making.

I especially liked Ian Sherman’s assemblage stating ‘It’s like living with a body of work that needs to be fed’. Just like our us, we are feeding our creative spirits all the time. Also Kate Bradbury‘s Rail Road Jim was a great story telling piece and had a sweet element of wonder to it.

There were many amazing pieces, all different mediums and structures in the gallery, showing Art isn’t just done one way it can be in the form of:

Machine embroidery
Pop Art 3D sculpture
Intuitive, instinctive, systematic layering textiles
Assemblage
Mixed media
Pen
Coloured pencils

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