painting with earth (again) … a new start

art trail ART TREK open studios 2015

Prompted and encouraged by our recent investigation at eARTh into natural paint binders with Clare Thomas and the opportunity to show some new work during two recent open studio events, I have been doing some painting…

vernal equinox 1 (51x31cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015vernal equinox 1 (51x31cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015

vernal equinox 2 (60x50cm; earth pigments with gum arabic on canvas) © p ward 2015vernal equinox 2 (60x50cm; earth pigments with gum arabic on canvas) © p ward 2015

storyteller 3 (50x50cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015storyteller 3 (50x50cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015

crow point triptych (3x60x50cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © f owen & p ward 2015crow point triptych (3x60x50cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © f owen & p ward 2015

The different natural binders (gum arabic, rabbit skin glue and damar varnish), new range of colours and larger scale, and inspiration of working closely with another painter, has provided more depth, transparency, fluidity and subtlety in mark-making within my painting and rejuvenated my desire for and understanding of its place within my life. Thank you Clare for your thorough investigation and generous sharing of your discoveries and materials. My own work has continued along its theme of resonance, energy and potential, hopefully offering space for healing and rejuvenation through personal observation and the local assimilation of process, materials and colour. The work is still intuitively aligned to a sense of landscape, connection and place, to nature’s processes and cycles, to magic and the power of intent, meditation and prayer.

bonk! (250x150cm; earth pigments with rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015bonk! (250x150cm; earth pigments with rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015

i do not love (it is) (78x78cm; earth pigments with gum arabic, damar varnish and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015i do not love (it is) (78x78cm; earth pigments with gum arabic, damar varnish and rabbit skin glue on canvas) © p ward 2015

indigo (90x70cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on driftwood board) © p ward 2015indigo (90x70cm; earth pigments with gum arabic and rabbit skin glue on driftwood board) © p ward 2015

eARTh open studio © v large 2015eARTh open studio © v large 2015

The open studio events – Ilfracombe Art Trail 2015 and North Devon Art Trek 2015 – provided an opportunity for free community eARTh painting workshops, further contributions towards Francesca and I’s forthcoming painting together exhibition/project at White Moose Gallery in Barnstaple, and to meet a broad range of people – artists and non-artists alike. Ilfracombe Art Trail, a new and enthusiastically organized local community event including 40 artists in 25 venues throughout the town, brought nearly 150 people through eARTh’s doors in one weekend. While the more established Art Trek, spread across the whole of North Devon for 3 weeks, brought a far smaller number maybe indicating a natural trend towards the ‘local’ within the creative industries. Thank you to all who helped organize both events and to everyone who made time to visit us and contribute to the paintings. The Ilfracombe painting was initially shown at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe before being hung along with a selection of other collaborative and communal works in Barnstaple – see next post.

full house – community painting at eARTh for ilfracombe art trail 2015 © eARTh 2015full house – community painting at eARTh for ilfracombe art trail 2015 © eARTh 2015

P Ward 2015

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2 Comments on “painting with earth (again) … a new start”

  1. […] painting with earth (again) … a new start → […]

  2. Inspired artwork…thanks for presenting it here.


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