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Painting Notes:

This painting was created as part of an abstract art course that I filmed. The technique used for this painting is partly inspired by an artist called Kate Green:

https://www.kategreenart.com/index.html
This technique involves multiple layers and relies heavily on colour theory, spontaneity and responding to each layer as you go.
It was quite an “automatic”, intuitive process, but it turned out reminding me of petri dishes and peering down microscopes at very small things magnified at a great level, hence the name. There is something delightfully playful and vigorous going on all around us at a microscopic level, and this painting magnifies that energy and makes it noticeable.

This painting seemed to want to capture the essence of what a tree is. Not so much by what it looks like, but more to do with the essential pattern, impression and atmosphere trees exude. I really like the mistiness and sunlight effect, created by layers and soft spray paint.

This painting was made with one of my new two-step experimental techniques, explored in Articles: Patterns in nature and new process.

This painting was made with one of my new two-step experimental techniques, explored in Articles: Patterns in nature and new process. This is where intuition, paint chemistry and chance go together with intricately applied, never-ending details. The result is a glorious wealth of colour and pattern for the eye to explore. This is my first ever painting on a circular canvas.

The title came to me while I was painting the tree shape, which could also be a kind of estuary. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habbakuk 2:14
I got the impression that every conduit, channel and vein in the natural world, large or tiny, can be a carrier of the Creator’s glory.

A sister piece to “Hidden Layer”, this painting seeks to represent invisible dimensions or “frequencies”, and celebrates the mysteries of cognitive process.

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This technique involves multiple layers and relies heavily on colour theory/contrast, spontaneity and responding to each layer as you go.
It was quite an “automatic”, intuitive process, but it turned out reminding me of petri dishes and peering down microscopes at very small things magnified at a great level, hence the name. There is something delightfully playful and vigorous going on all around us at a microscopic level, and this painting magnifies that life and makes it noticeable.

This painting started with covering its entire surface with a thick, deep texture paste, and then carving into the surface with tools of different widths. Once dried, I filled the channels with glossy, flowing paint similar to pour-paint consistency, and painted the textured surfaces with differing shades of gold and green. It felt like painting a rugged landscape from a birds-eye view!

It may be small, but there is so much intricate detail to explore in this little piece. It felt like going back in time to the beginning of the world when it began to form out of nothingness, hence its title, “Origins”.
I also got the idea that everything we can see originated from what cannot be seen. See Hebrews 11:3.

"Hidden Layer" is about the creative thread of energy running through all living things. It is a celebration of nature’s joyful yet mysterious song: vulnerable, yet able to heal itself; complex, yet incredibly simple. Every detail is unique, yet connected, and certain aspects – particularly in the use of the gold leaf, silver paint and thick texture gel mixed with the paint – change depending on the light and angle of the viewer.

A multi-step process was used to make this painting. I feel the blocking out of space in the last layer helps the eye to focus on the detail within the circles/planets, so that the vast amount of detail and pattern is not too overwhelming. This painting encourages visual fluency.