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Humble materials rock!

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Today the wind

greets the grass

with sea foam

or is it snow


I am obsessed by painting, I paint almost everything! I like to paint on canvas but the contents of the recycling bin work well too! All you need is a primer of half emulsion paint and half PVA glue mixed. When it has dried you have a surface you can paint on, in oil paint if you like. I like the oddness of painting in oils on unexpected materials as well as how rich the oil paint looks, in contrast to the flat skim of mass produced designs associated with packaging. This particular series stemmed from a dream I had, and then I expanded on it. I can’t go into any more detail for the moment!

I wrote/painted this haiku poem today on one of the objects I found to paint on. I like the way these pieces cross over between: paintings, poems, sculpture, instillation, and potentially, rituals, interventions, happenings and more, and all from an every day recycled vessel, designed to be thrown away after use. Humble materials are often overlooked, but sometimes they rock!  

Written by Marianne Slevin

9 March, 2009 at 12:49 am

Building up and erasing

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One of the things I love about painting with oils is that you can paint over it again and again; you can be really free and experimental and simply wipe it away or paint over it if you don’t like it! I love the way these layers build up over time. Today I was working on four different paintings, that I had started over the last couple of weeks. They were all at an in between stage. One was of a pilgrim in a forest, another of a horses head, another was a diver/astronaut, and the forth was of a woman changing a baby’s nappy! This little one makes me smile a lot! Many of my painting go through lots of different lives and look like completely different paintings, though it is all part of the process and journey of painting; without going through each stage they would not reach their final destination. Some people say that paintings are never finished they just stop at interesting places. For me a painting is finished when something in side you says stop! You cant do a thing more to it because it is complete. Sometimes I paint and wipe it away, the painting begins to look like a worn rag itself, but the wonderful thing is that in a few days it becomes dry, and armed with some new energy the old worn rag painting, can become miraculously one of the best paintings you have ever done! Sometimes painting come out easily and sometimes they are a struggle, I suppose it is about not getting complacent!

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Written by Marianne Slevin

10 September, 2008 at 9:35 pm

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