Monthly Archives: September 2016

Stubble field

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September 29, 2016 · 8:00 am

Gallery Series I/4

I would like you, the viewer, to visualise each image as a softly lit large scale canvas on a white gallery wall and imagine quietly contemplating the abstract pattern. Attention should focus on a feeling response rather than a rational analysis.  The use of the magnifier to enlarge the image may be helpful.

(See also the post introducing the series  https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/introducing-the-gallery-series/)

Gallery Series I/4

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Grassy bank

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September 25, 2016 · 8:00 am

Natural tapestry

There seems to be a suggestion of tapestry design in this image of lichen photographed on a rock on St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly.  The natural pattern is recorded as found.  The only licence taken has been the removal of the texture of the granite rock to reveal the pattern more clearly..

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Gallery Series I/3

I would like you, the viewer, to visualise each image as a softly lit large scale canvas on a white gallery wall and imagine quietly contemplating the abstract pattern. Attention should focus on a feeling response rather than a rational analysis.  The use of the magnifier to enlarge the image may be helpful.

(See also the post introducing the series  https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/introducing-the-gallery-series/)

 

Gallery Series I/3

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Cascading waves

Using watercolour filter

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Dune posts

Using watercolour filter

 

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Gallery Series I/2

I would like you, the viewer, to visualise each image as a softly lit large scale canvas on a white gallery wall and imagine quietly contemplating the abstract pattern. Attention should focus on a feeling response rather than a rational analysis.  The use of the magnifier to enlarge the image may be helpful.

(See also the post introducing the series  https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/introducing-the-gallery-series/)

Gallery Series I/2

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October 31

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September 14, 2016 · 5:29 pm

Approaching sea mist

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September 13, 2016 · 8:00 am

Lily pattern

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September 11, 2016 · 8:15 am

Introducing the Gallery Series

Gallery Series 1

The images in this series were initially suggested/inspired by the paintings of the colour field painters of the 1950’s  –  in particular, by the works of Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman and Marc Rothko.  These painters moved away from  the representation of figurative objects and focused their attention on the direct ‘feeling’ qualities of colour.  Colour became the subject of the painting.

They wished the viewer to be engulfed by the painting and become absorbed in the experience.  To achieve this, large scale unframed canvasses were used, placed on a plain gallery background.  The two examples below give an indication of the size and display context.

Clyfford Still Exhibition

Rothko Exhibition

In addition, artists often gave guidance  on how their works should be viewed.  Barnett Newman’s painting Vir Heroicus Sublimus is a massive canvas  –  effectively 8 feet tall and 18 feet wide  –  but Newman asked the viewer to stand a mere 18 inches from the canvas and move along its length.  The experience was quite different from standing some distance away and viewing the canvas as a ‘picture’.

Rothko, too, was concerned with the viewer’s experience.  He wrote, ‘No possible set of notes can explain our paintings.  Their explanation must come out of a consummated experience between picture and onlooker.  The appreciation of art is a true marriage of minds.  And in art, as in marriage, lack of consummation is grounds for annulment.’

Of course. the conditions described cannot be replicated in WordPress and texture can only be suggested, but I would invite the viewer to visualize each image as a softly lit large scale canvas on a white gallery wall and imagine quietly contemplating the abstract pattern. Attention should focus on a feeling response rather than a rational analysis. ( No doubt Kandinsky would have associated sounds with the seeing experience.)

The use of the magnifier to enlarge the image may be helpful.

Like the artists who influenced this series, I have regarded the use of titles to be  an unnecessary distraction.

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Natural patterns, colours, lines and textures

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September 7, 2016 · 8:00 am

Hydrangea

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September 5, 2016 · 8:00 am

Still grasses

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September 3, 2016 · 8:00 am

Abstract 274

 

 

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