Sound Stage

Sound Stage

Painting: Oil on Deep Edge Canvas Size: 95 H x 64 W x 2 cm
Painting: Sound Stage: Oil on Deep Edge Canvas
Size: 95 H x 64 W x 2 cm

This is an oil painting on a deep edge canvas using a cold wax medium. The cold wax process favors rapid execution and energetic marks or gestures, encouraging the creation of layers of translucent color, texture and impasto. Perspective is deliberately ambiguous and suggested only by changes in scale and the intensity of colour values. This painting is influenced by abstract expressionism and a deliberate simplification of forms.

This theme is a continuing exploration of landscape and nature, specifically the flat landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands, but generally…all land. Sound Stage…….because I am interested in the history of the land, the accretion of time and changes wrought by man, the taming of nature, the exercise of control and imposition of order. The division and subdivision, ownership and stewardship. But more than anything else, the land is an endowment, a gift from one generation to the next.

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Excavation

Excavation

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This is an oil painting on a cradled wooden board using a cold wax medium. The cold wax process favors rapid execution and energetic marks or gestures, encouraging the creation of layers of translucent color, texture and impasto. Perspective is deliberately ambiguous and suggested only by changes in scale and the intensity of colour values. This painting is influenced by abstract expressionism and a deliberate simplification of forms.

This theme is a continuing exploration of landscape and nature, specifically the flat landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands, but generally…all land. Excavation……..because I am interested in the history of the land, the accretion of time and changes wrought by man, the taming of nature, the exercise of control and imposition of order. The division and subdivision, ownership and stewardship. But more than anything else, the land is an endowment, a gift from one generation to the next.

Today in the studio, 21st September: Avoiding self delusion

Today in the studio, 21st September: Avoiding self delusion

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Additional layers of cold wax, deeper black tones to build contrast and depth. More removals and reinstatement, but travelling slowly in a direction I’m reasonably comfortable with. Endlessly surprised by my lack of insight into my own work, I have to leave it for a day or two before I can actually understand what I have done and need to do… If I continue working without a significant pause for assimilation and reflection (preferably a few days or maybe even a week) I become delusional. I can persuade myself that bad work is good, that the composition is dynamic, fresh and original, that the colour relationships are challenging yet harmonious……..the list of misreadings goes on…and on………….

Tansubstantiation

Tansubstantiation

This is an image taken of Ely Cathedral on a cold, damp November evening. Final editing consists of tonal and colour adjustments.  'Built by William the Conqueror as a prominent outpost after the bloody and lengthy rebellion by Hereward The Wake, Ely Cathedral stands as a fine example of William's devotion to his Religion and to his overwhelming victory for the Heart's and Minds of that mixed of all races called the britons'.  'Less well known is that
This is an image taken of Ely Cathedral, shrouded in fog on a cold, damp November evening. Editing consists of tonal and colour adjustments.
‘Built by William the Conqueror as a prominent outpost after the bloody and lengthy rebellion by Hereward The Wake, Ely Cathedral stands as a fine example of William’s devotion to his Religion and to his overwhelming victory for the Heart’s and Minds of that mixed of all races called the britons’.
‘Less well known is that “The Lord Protector”, OLIVER CROMWELL closed the Cathedral for 10 years, or thereabouts, due to a falling out with the local (Catholic) Clergy. Cromwell used it as a stable for his Calvary Horses’!
Current Studio Work: Making Judgements

Current Studio Work: Making Judgements

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As each successive layer of cold wax dries, I build additional marks and surfaces with an assortment of palette knifes and tools, scraping back where a colour or tone is too dominant or suffocating. I didn’t know paint could be claustrophobic…but it can, intensely suffocating and airless…..sucking out the very life we try to capture. Knowing when a painting has arrived at a destination is never  simple…all artists know this….its a difficult judgement to make and we can always be wrong. So many factors come into play, tension, harmony, contrast, compositional structure….this is especially true of work that is primarily abstract and does not need to conform to a particular code of realism. It is a question of ‘rightness’ ; knowledge, experience  and technique will only take you so far…..then your’e on your own.

Current work

Current work

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I am working on 2 cold wax oil paintings at the moment, side by side on 60 cm x 60 cm panels, trying to balance the conflicting demands of perspective and compositional tension whilst retaining the integrity of the picture plane…. it is of course an impossible and unrealistic task, but occasionally, out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of a resolution …….that’s the game we play.

Falling Debris

Falling Debris

Digital photography Technical Details Canon EOS 5D2 Canon 24 - 105mm f4 Sigma 105mm f2.8 Post processing: Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop The capital city of Cyprus, Nicosia, is encircled by stone walls shaped like a star with eleven heart-shaped bastions that once served as military fortification for the Venetians who were one in the long line of occupiers on the island. The old city is also bisected by the infamous “green line” making it the only divided capital in the world, the South side part of the Greek Republic of Cyprus and the EU, the North side the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and recognized as an autonomous region only by Turkey. Near the 'green line' in the old city, abandoned and semi derelict, Greek Cypriot workshops.....decline and decay with perfect grace. This image has been created using textured layers in Photoshop
Digital photography
Technical Details
Canon EOS 5D2
Canon 24 – 105mm f4
Sigma 105mm f2.8
Image and texture layers edited in Photoshop

The capital city of Cyprus, Nicosia, is encircled by stone walls shaped like a star with eleven heart-shaped bastions that once served as military fortification for the Venetians who were one in the long line of occupiers on the island. The old city is also bisected by the infamous “green line” making it the only divided capital in the world, the South side part of the Greek Republic of Cyprus and the EU, the North side the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and recognized as an autonomous region only by Turkey.

Near the ‘green line’ in the old city, abandoned and semi derelict, Greek Cypriot buildings once used as workshops…..decline and decay with a casual grace.

Red Fen: Original Oil Painting on Canvas: 40cm x 75cm x 4cm petercorr.com

Red Fen: Original Oil Painting on Canvas: 40cm x 75cm x 4cm petercorr.com

Red Fen: This is an abstract painting based on the Fenland landscape. The layers of intense translucent deep red pigment are surrounded and bordered by emerald greens. This paint is applied with a soft stippling technique and the transitions of tone. almost imperceptible. The image has a restrained emotional power and is influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists.
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Red Fen : Detail
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Red Fen: Detail