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Less is more




Now that I'm away from the studio for a while, I'm facing the challenges of getting by with less, which is generally not a bad thing  (you know, less is more etc.). Actually less is very challenging and starts with the moment you think about packing your bag and are faced with choices (not easy for a dyed-in-the-wool non-decision-maker like me). In the days before leaving home I treated myself to a new set of watercolours - not that I am a watercolourist - but how sweet it is to have the potential of a world of colour in the bottom of your minimalist bag (and which takes up so little room)




These images are in fact only postage stamp size (well actually about double that) and the result of reductively tearing up an A3 size painted page on halves, to end up with very small images (does that make sense?)



Final step is photographing the interesting ones and editing for colour, filter etc

I think from here I could be inspired to reproduce these tiny images onto large canvases. A perfect example of less is more!







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Using underglaze and the right dilution (trial and error) to achieve flow, rhythm, contrasts of transparency and solidity with the overall aim (flying by the seat of my pants) of creating an image that works.


Mind you it's not about achieving perfection. Mistakes and awkwardness can lend an air of spontaneity and surprise. 


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Luckily, I think, art offers all those aspects in abundance!



A lull in the proceedings

Lull ...

a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity. "for two days there had been a lull in the fighting" synonyms:pause, respite, interval, break, hiatus, suspension, cessation, interlude, intermission, breathing space, moratorium, lacuna


sleeping woman [after Matisse]



What a lovely word - lull! It's a perfect choice for describing how things are at the moment. I feel like sleeping ... shutting down ... pausing the proceedings. And so it might appear that not much is happening. Actually though, there's a lot going on since touching home base [temporarily]. Planning things, looking through the accumulation of drawings, revisiting ideas, reflecting, pondering.







Images from the little black travelling drawing book


Where to next ...?




Coming up ... Artists' Open House Fremantle [November 13-15] and Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar [December 4-6] 

Ceramics go-slow

If you don't mind low-key then you won't mind today's offering: A glimpse, an update, a behind-the-scenes view of an ever-so-slow process. When travelling, it's best to leave behind your concepts of time. Albert Einstein I think I am beginning to understand you.





 Bird cup and spot saucer





Two birds on a spotted plate






Removing the glaze from the base






 Checking the base is free from glaze





Waxing the base




The Yves Klein blue kiln