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Don’t Think, Merge Instead!

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Riding “Iago” at Dunmoe Riding School 2009

Often it is necessary to think a great deal before you do something and after, but during it is often better to merge with what you are doing: your surroundings, the computer, the horse, the materials that you are making art with. Giving away the control can seem a little scary, but the times when something goes really well for me I am usually not doing very much! As my riding instructor used to say “like nothing” when I and the horse would jump or do some flat work well. This makes me think about when I am doing art, that I probably think too much a lot of the time. Thinking can limit the possibilities and sometimes stifle creativity. If we allow the parts of us that are usually without a voice to express themselves then we may come across something of a delicate and/or profound nature.

“Maybe Human” one of the paintings in “Merging 3” exhibition by Marianne Slevin

In August, I was in a three person show called “Merging 3”. I was the person who wanted to call it Merging. At the time I was not really sure why, but the other night while reading the book called Spiritual Alchemy the author, Dr.Christine Page wrote about how when people merge with what they are doing there are greater results. In an experiment people guessed heads or tails on a computer game, most people got  around 60% correct but the difference between the people who got around 80% was that they talked about merging with the computer.

Painting and drawing are exercises in merging for me, merging the different parts of me and the materials that I use and often the environment. I also attempt to merge with something greater then myself and if I am thinking too much then that will hinder any voyages into the unknown.

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Written by Marianne Slevin

26 January, 2010 at 1:08 am

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Into Existence

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These are three of my resent pieces, they are paintings that have grow out of drawings or even doodles; just seeing what will come out when I let go of control. I am really enjoying using the pigments that James gave me, it is such a different experience to squeezing paint out of a tube.

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Salmon run 1 Mixed Media on Canvas Marianne Slevin 2009

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Salmon run 2 Mixed Media on Canvas Marianne Slevin 2009

Please excuse the shine!

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Into Existence Mixed Media on Paper Marianne Slevin 2009

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9 December, 2009 at 12:46 pm

A dance between north and south and east and west

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The square or rectangle has its own north, south, east and west. Every time I find myself facing yet another blank canvas, board or piece of paper it is a new experience for me. There are also certain similarities even the very first paintings and drawings I ever did seem to repeat themselves over and over in different guises. Today as I painted layers of semi-transparent pigment and varnish certain things that I had forgotten came back to me like how I like to go between the  conscious part of my brain and the unconscious, juxtaposing serendipity with decision making, and attempting to get the best of both worlds. It feels like a kind of a dance between all the different aspects of what we call human beings; the right and left side of the brain, the conscious and the unconscious mind, the soul, the experiences we have been through, the now and also a search for something new or undiscovered.

That which is new or undiscovered can seem ugly or uncomfortable at first. So sometimes we retreat from that, covering it over with something more recognisable and safe. This can be a huge temptation, doing what we know we are fairly good at and stirring away from the dark unknown. This dark unknown can look frighteningly raw and naive, and lacking some of the sophistication and finesse that we might hope are work would have. The funny thing is that after I have  struggled and danced all over the page with leaps of faith and playfulness as well as concentration and sensitivity at times, our wonderful 4 year old daughter said to me, while looking at my painting “I could do that couldn’t I ?” I replied, “yes of course you could”. Picasso said something like, “ children spend their childhoods trying to learn how to paint like adults and adults spend their lives trying to paint like children”.

One of the things that I have been doing lately is going back to pieces and reworking them, committing to them, as my Husband and Muse suggested. I think there maybe something in this! I do have a particular fondness of the sprint method of art making! but who knows I may become a long distance walker too! 

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8 December, 2009 at 11:51 pm

The studio Battle round one (again)!

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

 

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

 

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Detail of the Mixed Media on Canvas  above

 

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Detail 2 of the Mixed Media on Canvas above

 

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Detail 3 of the painting above

 

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Detail 4 of the drawing above

 

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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

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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