Painting

oil paintingjul17small - turn

oilmay17small

The project is not about representation of something external so much as about representing the way life (it’s internal and external manifestations) grows. It is the putting down on paper of the life that’s moving through me, through all of us and in all of nature – which includes us. The works are saying “art is a manifestation of life” “art is a manifestation of the life that’s in us” “art is a manifestation of life moving through us”, “art is a manifestation of us moving to life”. Life requires us to be here and it uses our hands and bodies and in fact it is our hands and our bodies.

DSC03147overa4smalloilpaintingsmalla1oilpastelonoilpaper13

a1oilpastelonpaper7small

a1chalkpastelonpaper4smalla1oilpastelonpaper1smalla1chalkpastelonpaper5small

A selection of A1 chalk and oil pastels.

This is a large part of my current work. You can find a wider selection of my oil pastel paintings and various medium drawings on this blog on the pages called Paintings, Strange Beings and Drawings or you can go to my other blog for more detail on technique and the process behind them: https://drawingonfocusing.wordpress.com/

I want to challenge the idea that art is mimesis. Art is a manifestation of life, art is a manifestation of the life that’s in us, art is a manifestation of life moving through us, art is a manifestation of us moving to life. Life requires us to be here and it uses our hands and bodies and in fact it is our hands and our bodies. Reaching beyond what is rational or formed. A place that is known deep within and not yet quite cultivated – we leave behind any specific previous idea of what this drawing will look like. Can we risk that?