Embroidery – Old Work

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Untitled (Long-lost Embroidery of Aberystwyth)

2010

An old piece of work….  I still have quite vivid memories of sewing this in the final year of my degree, hunched up in my little corner of the school of art studio (the room on the left at the top of the stairs).

It was always very quiet up there (I wonder where all my fellow students did their best work?), and it smelt like a wonderful old art school should smell. Safe and quite comforting.

 

 

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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?

 

Red Ink Repetition

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Red Lines

A forgotten page from a notebook (2016)

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

Anxious.

Phthalo II – Recent Work

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Phthalo II (2016)

Acrylic

… a tiny smidge of green found it’s way into this one, which is most unusual. Slightly murky, smokey little painting.

 

 

Specimens – Current Work

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Specimens I, 2016

Experimental acrylic paintings (12 x A5), using a limited palette of cadmium red and phthalo blue.

I loved making these little glowing, ephemeral paintings – they’re currently stuck to my kitchen wall and make me very happy every time I see them. A fairly rare occurrence – coming back to look at recent work is always a little daunting. How often paintings seem lacklustre and disappointing “the morning after”…. not this time. To be continued.

Cadmium IV

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Cadmium IV, 2015

acrylic paint

I have been restricting myself to a limited palette of ochre, cadmium red and phthalo blue, figuring out where I can go with these colours. This is a brighter, optimistic painting – I think it must have been made on a sunshine-filled day!

Eclectic Shock Exhibition Photos!

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It’s all up and it looks absolutely lovely, even if I do say so myself…. 🙂 Well happy. Private view on Saturday night, it’s gonna be grand. Oh yes.

Come along if you happen to be in South East England! https://www.facebook.com/events/298025563676221/

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Contemporary Art Exhibition – Eclectic Shock – What If Gallery, Dartford

I’d love to invite you all to our art exhibition, at the What If Gallery, Dartford! Featuring work from a range of young artists, all working in eclectically different styles, it promises to have something to intrigue everyone….

Join the event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/298025563676221/

Please do pass this post/flyer on to anyone you think may be interested!

5th – 17th August 2013

Private view – All Welcome! – Saturday 10th August, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

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Meditation

Watercolour works in progress…

She is someone else and you don’t know her.

For an unemployed person, I am one ridiculously busy lady.

I have completed my CAB training, and so this week I was let loose on the public, attempting to help them sort out their problems…. So far, so good. Starting Monday, I am spending two weeks volunteering as a teaching assistant at a primary school… which is a rather daunting prospect. Arg. Terror. AND I’m attempting to organise an art exhibition at the little gallery I volunteer for! Oh my. Unemployment is definitely not boring these days…

And, when I get a moment, there is art! And yoga. SO MUCH YOGA. I love yoga. I have gotten so damn bendy.

Lately I’ve been spending time looking into the more meditative, emotional, calming, thinking side of yoga. Which turns out to be fascinating and ever so thought provoking. A hell of a lot of my art has been about feelings and emotions and thinking (or not thinking) and what’s real (or not real.) I’ve spent a lot of time and energy attempting to fight negative memories and emotions…. With yoga, you just let it be. You accept that you are not in control. Things come and go. You recognise emotions are there but you don’t fight anything. Oh it’s all so… liberating! And peaceful. But I’ll stop there before I go all obsessive-preachy-hippy on you. Uh oh.

(Go look at this lovely lady’s website if you do happen to want to read more about it all…http://www.ekhartyoga.com/blog/yoga-and-emotional-pain)

absent minded biro doodles

Absent minded scrap paper biro doodles…