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The studio Battle round one (again)!

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The prep talk in Artist’s studio at The Secret Gallery



View of art work in progress drying on floor of studio mixed media on canvas by Marianne Slevin 2009



Detail of the Mixed Media on Canvas  above



Detail 2 of the Mixed Media on Canvas above



Detail 3 of the painting above



Detail 4 of the drawing above



Detail 5 of the Artwork above

Today, I decided to get back into making some realer art, by “realer” I mean physical, messy art! Getting your hands dirty! This art piece is half way between a painting and a drawing. It turned out to be at least partly to do with the yearly salmon run: where they go back to the same place they were born, to lay their eggs. I think it is amazing! Apparently they can recognise even a couple of drops of water in gallons and gallons of other water, from their home place and they follow that stream all the way back.

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28 November, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Hit by my own painting!

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I have a swollen lip, I am not sure how the small light-weight canvas did it! I was taking it off the wall when it hit me on the mouth, it is one of the tiniest paintings I ever made but it had a big punch! The painting had been in the gallery then I took it back up to the studio, maybe it thought that it was finished and did not take kindly to breathing in white spirits and being covered in oil paint!

Sometimes it feels like painting is allot to do with timing and knowing when to work into an unfinished painting. Today it felt, for a sort while, like I was able to add the, or a vital missing ingredient to some off the painting that I have on the go, I had thought that they were finished but they never really hummed, that “I’m finished” tune.

For me it is important that my paintings have an element of surprise in them. Whether abstract or recognizably of something ‘real’, both in my paintings and other art work, elements of surprise, play, and the unexpected are always welcome to come into my art! However I was not expecting to be hit by my own painting!

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9 October, 2008 at 6:49 pm