Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Paintings in the oval/elipse

I have been trying to get as much done as possible before I go off Fri on my hols for two weeks and I'm trying not to panic about the deadline for 'Uncharted Landscapes'.

I am really excited about the new body of work that I am planning, ( mind you it always is really exciting at this stage as the vision of creating a masterpiece is tanterlisingly within reach and hasn't yet dissolved in the reality of painterly production!), and I am trying to get all the preparation done ie; the studies and supports, so that when I get back I can really get stuck in. However still waiting on the delivery of one of the panels but hey ho!

For this new series I am experimenting with working within an eliptical framework, so having worked out how to actually draw an accurate elipse, I have been making templates, drawing out and masking off before painting the frame onto each support. This did prove to be quite a challenge, especially with the larger piece and it took quite a lot of adjustments to make sure that the measurements were spot on. I think that in the future it would be worth producing some more permanent templates in a range of sizes that I can keep and use again and again, this will help cut down on the amount of time it takes to do this.

Why an elipse? Well its different so its a good way to catch the viewers eye. It also has the feel of looking through a tunnel or window  - into another world? It has an historical link with painting and for me conjurs up a link with romanticism, although I can't qualify this. Lastly, it provides a frame for the landscape.

I'll let you know wether or not the experiment is working as the painting progresses.


  1. you mean ellipse, oval indeed!

  2. OK so my knowledge on geometry is a little lacking but after having checked it out on google I agree with your definition. Thank you for pointing it out, from now on......