As well as a bit of painting this week, I’ve been introduced to a new artist who for the first time since completing my degree I felt excited about. I saw the artist on a friend’s Facebook post, which showed the winner of the National Open Art Competition. Indeed it was this guy I’m talking about- Andrew McIntosh who won the award. And I’m not surprised, a painter none the less, Scots man Mackie, managed to paint the very thing I was trying to express in my work almost 2 years ago. He plays with the idea of the private v public, our personal space, our re-treat, our sanctuary. Exposing what’s behind closed doors. As I currently call my home a caravan I immediately fell in love with his work. Not only does his work relate so closely to my current lifestyle he also picks up on the role of contemporary art. He seems to poke fun at the art world, painting an image of Jackson Pollock’s famous Autumn Rhythm in the humble caravan.

To see more of Mackie’s work check out his website


Contemporary Landscape

Getting back into blogging spurred me on to do a bit of painting last week. Moving on from sketches by the lake, I’ve returned to the idea of expanding from a photograph. By expanding the viewpoint I can let my imagination run wild and get creative with the colourful sunset. I was surprised to find I really enjoyed painting again. I didn’t spend too long on it, just a couple of hours, and enjoyed relaxing, mixing the colours together. Being a bit low on acrylics, I improvised using some household paints- some emulsion and not one of my better ideas- white gloss. It was interesting to see how the paint reacted against each other. The white gloss; with its sticky texture, didn’t want to mix with other paint, I persevered with it, forcing it to blend and add light to the image. In a way, in regards to my practice, I’m expanding the use of home paints in contemporary art. Contrary to my plinths instead of using wallpaper in a contemporary setting, I use household paints to create traditional landscape images. I’m flipping the role of traditional landscapes by using domestic paints to create a contemporary image.