a bit of a do …

Incoming tide. Mari French 2014

Incoming tide. Mari French 2014

 

… it would be great to see you at my upcoming solo exhibition ‘Coastlines’, which will be showing at Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, from 27 September to 11 October 2014.

The theme is inspired by my residency at Brison’s Veor, Cape Cornwall earlier this year and contrasts that wild, rugged coast with the very different North Norfolk coastline close to where I live, and where, as regular followers of this blog will know, I often walk, sketch and paint along the saltmarshes and beaches.

On the opening Saturday (29thSeptember) I’ll be having a ‘bit of a do’ between 12 noon and 4pm to launch the exhibition, with wine and nibbles, you’d be very welcome!

veils of colour…

 

My first oil painting in nearly forty years! I love the soft veils of colour possible with oils. I normally work fast, hence my usual use of acrylics, but I so enjoyed this!

Untitled abstract, oil on canvas.

Untitled abstract, oil on canvas. Mari French 2014

 

Regular visitors to this blog will know I’ve been working in acrylics, with and without other media, for a number of years, so it will be interesting to see which way I eventually go now.

After painting this I enjoyed bashing acrylic onto another canvas, wiping off etc. Acrylic seems to appeal to the impatient exuberant side of me, whereas using oils I found calming, almost meditative. (unfortunately the light wasn’t great, hence the not very sharp photos).

Untitled abstract, oil on canvas. Studio.

Untitled abstract, oil on canvas. Studio. Mari French 2014

 

rust and totems …

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I am finding industrial landscapes, objects and interiors as potentially a rich source of inspiration for my abstract artworks as rural landscapes. In fact I can see a kind of landscape in some of my photos here.

The rich patina of marks, scuffs, rust, paint and general usage all bear witness to an intriguing, sometimes forgotten, history, whilst their shapes, colours and textures will undoubtedly haunt my future work.

A quiet beauty… a totemic presence…

Some people are a little bemused by my new love, others see it as a natural progression of my artwork and love it enough to buy it, for which I am very grateful.

These are a just a few of my own photos of humble places and objects, which I find I keep coming back to, so I thought I’d share them.

grinding mill 1. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 1. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

grinding mill 3. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 3. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

grinding mill 2. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 2. digital photo. Mari French 2014


grinding mill 4. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 4. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

Rusting ladder, Newlyn. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Rusting ladder, Newlyn. digital photo. Mari French 2014


 
 

Whelk shed. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Whelk shed. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

Chain & rope. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Chain & rope. digital photo. Mari French 2014


Hayloft nail. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Hayloft nail. digital photo. Mari French 2014