Work in Progress – My Easel

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A fairly bad photograph of how my easel looks at this very moment in time….

I went back to some old (lacklustre) paintings that needed a little cheering up, things that had never quite felt finished… Some have been greatly improved, I fancy! Some – there is, quite simply, no hope. Into the bin with you.

Always satisfying to be able to rescue something, to bring a painting back to life. Proper pictures of resurrected paintings later this week (she says).

Don’t hold me to that.

 

 

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Till Death…

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Till Death…

2016

Acrylic Paint

Grey Lavender Dusk

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Grey Lavender Dusk (2016)

Acrylic paint

© Emma Tann

 

Giving my paintings titles does not come easily. There is no “concept”, no meaning. They are simply beautiful colours, shapes – does a label get in the way of the painting? Will a name remind a viewer of something else, will preconceptions and associations get in the way of seeing the painting as it really is, for it’s own sake?

Rothko’s paintings always seem to have unobtrusive, subtle names. There are an awful lot of untitled and numbered works, and those that simply reference the colours on the canvas.

No over-thought, contrived names here. I would rather spend my time painting. The image matters, not the name.

Thoughts?

 

Old Sketchbook Pages

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This Is What You Wanted, 2012

 

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Housewife Rebellion, 2013

Red Ink Repetition

Red Lines

A forgotten page from a notebook (2016)

I think something must have been on my mind that day.

Anxious.

A Bride To Be – Work in Progress

WIP Bridal Portrait

Current work in progress… I’ve just stopped. Cautious of over-working, will return to it tomorrow. Very happy so far!

I am surrounded by wedding magazines at the moment (guess what’s happening next summer?!) and they are a very peculiar thing. Weddings are peculiar things.

This evening’s painting has been brought to you by whiskey, Marlene Dumas lust, anonymous brides and Avenged Sevenfold.

 

 

And now for something completely different…

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2016, acrylic

Inspired by the intense, beautiful, bittersweet and confident Marlene Dumas retrospective at the Tate Modern earlier this year – “The Image as Burden”.

“There is no beauty, if it doesn’t show the terribleness of life.”

M.D

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The Painter

Marlene Dumas, 1994

Sunshine Sketchbook

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I Love Sunshine

Pencil, 2013

 

I love sunshine, more than you could ever imagine. It smells of spring and I am happy.