Saturday, October 15, 2011

New work from the Studio Number Four

Image: Gabrielle Jones, Waft (Blackheath), 122 x 152cm oil on Canvas
This is the first really faithful painting I have made from my drawings. I enjoyed playing with all the edges. I found that there was a first pass through in which position and technical stuff had to be sorted - and it was- but the painting was "dead" in my eyes. So eventually I had to leave all that behind and really just get in and paint, lose the thing, and then bring it back. Much like any other painting, and my abstract work in particular!
Funnily enough, I started this with spray enamel and a roughness, but ended up with a smoother, ethereal and sensitive look, as dictated by the subject matter.
What do you think?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Studio Work Part 3

Image: Gabrielle Jones, Evening (Lumen Series), Charcoal, pastel and shellac on paper, 70 x 100cm
Number three in the larger "lumen" series in which I explore landscape and the effect of light  at different times of the day. I think that working in this series has made me understand what I am trying to produce in my paintings - a sensitivity (not always achieved!); a nod to the beauty of nature; a sense of "air" or ethereality; a discovery of surface pattern and the effects of light on this.
Do you work in series? What do you gain from it?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Vale Steve Jobs - a parallel to art

I don't want to get on the band wagon regarding the death of this visionary man whose inventions literally changed my life (along with squillions of others. -I have been a Mac user since the early to mid 80's when they first came to Australia, as a member of the design industry). But I came across this quote in an article by Bianca Bosker in the Huffington Post, interviewing Jay Elliot who was a friend and worked with the young Steve Jobs.
"Steve challenged every part of me. I loved being challenged and I loved being exposed to that level of quality and accomplishment. It was a gift to be working with someone who had those smarts and vision. I was excited to go to work every day. Steve forces you to figure out who you are and who you are going to be."
I always wanted to work with a boss like him. I guess, in the end, that's why I chose "Art" (substitute for "Steve")

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Studio work Number Two

Image: Gabrielle Jones, Aperture (Lumen Series), Charcoal on paper, 70 x 100cm

The second new work in a series I have been working on since November last year. Getting the Tone down pat! Feedback welcome.


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