This week I have also worked on two ongoing projects involving group shows and collaboration with other artists. Nicola Moss and I have been planning our joint video work which will show at the Gold Coast Art Gallery in May this year and I have continued posting on my weather blog and reintroducing the process of serial observation to my practice.
January, the Bud and the Bug, Susan Buret © 2010,
Acrylic on Canvas, 150cm x 105cm.
In the studio I have finished the work inspired buy the camouflage colours of the bug on the rose hip and begun a work using a grey which I leant about many years ago in a workshop about tonal painting with Noel Ford. The grey is made by mixing permanent rose and viridian watercolour paints and results in a beautiful silvery colour. As I now work with acrylics I mixed rose madder and emerald green to get a rich mauvy grey in the mixing bowl which proceeded to sediment out in a very interesting way when I applied it to the primed linen. The new work has a tentative title Sea Pictures Revisited as the recording of Dame Janet Baker singing Elgar's Sea Pictures was on the radio as I was painting. I like the idea of a painting of musical picture very much and I love the music.
If you like classical music here she is singing The Swimmer with words by Adam Lindsay Gordon. I found "Where Corals Lie" on a weird unco-operative Russian website but thought I had better leave it there.
If you don't like classical music I am also thinking about the Velvet Underground.