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I have spent the last six months painting obsessively and I have come to the end of my 72 canvas stash! Feeling both excited and sad that this part of the journey is over. I had no idea how these paintings would develop when I started them. Here are some of the ones I finished recently. They are oil on canvas and range in size from 20 x 20cms, 25 x 25cms and 30 x 30cms.

This is the most continuous and uninterrupted period time I have spent developing paintings, working nearly everyday in my studio for 6 months on them. For financial reasons, usually when I make such a large body of work I use recycled and found materials, such as my rubble installation, the bank statement boat installation or the floating ink works made with buoys. It has been really great to focus this much on painting on canvas. I even started making my own paint.

I draw all the time but I never do studies for the paintings beforehand, I prefer to work things out directly on the canvas, enjoying the element of chance and surprise. I improvise, working spontaneously hoping to make constant discoveries, no matter how small. One or two of them I might go back to and work on, but time will tell how they feel after a little bit of distance. I am working on 10 Chinese paper scrolls at the moment, its nice to stretch out a bit, they are 8 foot long but working with ink is a lot less forgiving and every mark I make stays visible forever.

After a few weeks of painting, some of the paintings started to gain a feel of moment so I continued along this journey. Thinking about Taoism and Eastern philosophy. I decided to call them after different types of bamboo, bamboo being highly regarded for its many virtues, and a symbol for harmony between nature and human beings.

 

Holttumochloa magica

Ochlandra travancorica

Phyllostachys arcana

Himalayacalamus hookerianus

Images above 1,2,3,4 oil on canvas 25 x 25cms (top 3 images ) & 30 x 30 cms (bottom image) Marianne Slevin 2019

Currently these are all available for private viewing at the Funny Little Gallery, Doolin

 

 

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11 March, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Jellyfish Paintings

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“Jellyfish 1”, oil on canvas by Marianne Slevin 2010

“Jellyfish 1 and 2”, oil on canvas by Marianne Slevin, 2010

These are two paintings I am currently working on, whether they are finished or not, I am not sure yet. I started the dark one a few days ago and the light one only yesterday. I like the contrast; they are like opposites but of the same thing. These were inspired by watching a David Attenbrough  nature documentary, called “creatures of the deep”. I was blown away by the haunting images of the jellyfish. A billion years before there was life on the earth, life began in the sea. Jellyfish have no brains and no blood, I find them fascinating and really lovely to paint! As my painting is a lot about the process I am using the jellyfish as a starting point but allowing the paint and marks to have their own journey  too. Building up layers of transparent glazes and opaque flatter areas, so it becomes deeper and quite dreamlike.

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5 October, 2010 at 6:39 pm

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Self Portrait with Lungs and Plants

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“Self Portrait with Lungs and Plants”  Oil and pigments on Canvas,  Marianne Slevin 2010

So I still am alive and well! My no tech week seemed to trigger off a long spell of almost no tech. I think once we get out of the habit of something then it can be hard to do it again. I think a lot about making art is habit, so it is really important to develop good habits, as the more we do the  better we get. Sometimes we are not in the “mood” but that can change once we don’t expect to be” perfect” (in our own our own eyes anyway). Surprising our selves can be one of the best things we can do in our art practice, why are we so afraid of the unknown? Art is a journey some times difficult sometimes easy but always exploratory. The painting above was a journey that took many twists and turns, and surprised me many times. Yesterday I came to the end of that particular journey, I had been trying to unite the figure (myself) and the rest of the painting, and finally I think I did.

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10 August, 2010 at 9:03 am

Big Yellow Candle

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Possible work in progress! ‘No Formula with big yellow candle’, oil on canvas by Marianne Potterton

I just got the urge to start painting on this canvas that I thought I had finished! I really liked it but felt that it was not ready to leave the easel, the canvas was asking for some more paint. Then I got this urge to paint a big yellow candle on it, wondering whether it would destroy it or make it I decided to be bold and do it! I am not sure if it makes it more or less but I am very happy I did it!

My thought for the day with art, is to throw caution to the wind, if you get a silly sounding or vague ideas follow them. Don’t be expecting them to come in a pretty box all labelled with an instruction manual ! You have to light the candle and hunt them down or at least follow them where ever they may take you. Good Luck!

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7 June, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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Love Unity

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‘Love Unity’ Work in progress, oil on canvas Marianne Potterton 2009

We are getting married on 14 of August! Life and art have always merged for me. So it makes sense for us to get married the same day as having the opening of the exhibition ‘Merging 3’. I have been painting a lot of Love paintings and brides lately! ‘Merging 3’, will be an exhibition of Paintings by myself, Sculptures by Madeleine Irene Smyth and Paintings and Works in Ink on Japanese ply by Mary Foudy O’Halloran. In the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, opening at 7pm on 14th August running till 12th September 2009. It is also James Birthday on the 14 August! No we are not busy at all!! James Is doing wonderful work designing all of the invitations for both the exhibition and our wedding as well as posters, and some other stuff too!

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7 June, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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No Formula continued

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“No Formula”, oil on canvas, Marianne Potterton 2009

I finished this painting last night. It was really fun building up some glazes over the first coat of paint. I hope it has not lost any of its strength because of it, it certainly feels allot nicer up close. I really love paint! I really liked using text in a very painterly way, this is a bit different to any work that I have made before; it is more spontaneous and bold!

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30 May, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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Nobody Cares About Art!

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“Tree Horse”, oil on canvas  2009 Marianne Potterton

I finished this painting today. It was so good to be painting again. I kind of switched my brain off and let my hands do the thinking. Sometimes it is nice to let a painting sit for a while and not rush into finishing it too quickly. Then just trust in your own ability to finish it.

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As you can see from the sign above and the title of this post, I am feeling a bit disheartened about peoples lack of interest in art. If you are reading this you are an exception ! Thank you! 

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9 May, 2009 at 6:20 pm

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