Wednesday, 12 February 2020

More digital monoprints and a selection of photos

Hello everyone.

NOTE: If you are looking at these images with a laptop, the colours MAY seem undersaturated, depending on the particular unit. A desktop computer, should show a better colour representation.

I managed to get this post out in good time, non of that ,"Wait 3 months" business.  I've got most of the images for the post after this, sorted out. Hopefully, I'l put those online in a few weeks.

This selection of images is equally divided into two distinct types, 12 of each. The first are my new digital monotypes. After seeing the last post, I had an email from one of my viewers. (Hi, you know who you are, thanks for the mental push).He told me that they almost looked like real paint. I was very pleased. As I thought about that, I decided to see if I could improve on the techniques I'd come up with already.  I wanted to make them look even more like real paint, if I could. I've spent a long time since the last post, working toward that aim. I hope I've succeeded, or at least got nearer to my intention.

The second set of images are all in the, "Art photography" style. I'll start with the digital monotypes. As always, I will not make comments about any images here, unless I feel they need it.

The first image does not fit into the digital monotypes heading. It's more in the abstract experimental group. I particularly like this one. It was going into the last
post, but never made it.

Blue Figure.

Now for the digital monotypes. 
Where an artist lives, tends to influence the work they make. This is not a hard and fast rule, by any means. However, you can't live in the mountains, on the moors, or by the sea etc,. for long, without being influenced by your surroundings. I love the sea, some of my work reflects that. More of my art and photography relates to the moors, woodlands and the rugged shape of stone and rocks, as will be seen below.

Earth Goddess.

Eve's Top Quarry Diptych.

The title for the piece below, comes from a small area just less that 3 miles higher up the hill than I live.

Far Barsey.

Great Scar Quarry is a disused quarry, about 6 miles from me, up on the high, wild, open moor. It's a place I've loved since I was 7 years old. I go there when I need solitude. These are 2 rock studies of it.

Great Scar Quarry #1.

Great Scar Quarry #2.

Ley Line Map.

Reaching Up.

Rock Spur.

Another rock study.


The Kiss.

Under Growth.

Now the photography. Once I'd selected the shots for this post, I realised that 5 of them connected to the sea in various ways.

I've mentioned this before, but one always gets new readers, so here it is again. When I go out on a photo shoot, I hardly ever have a particular goal in mind. I wander about the place I've gone to for a while. This allows me to slow down to the rhythm of the woodland, or moorland. That way you are more receptive to the environment. I don't actively look for subjects to photograph. Something will present itself to me in it's own time. I NEVER arrange a photo. At the very most, I may remove a blade of grass, if it's in the way. I simply photograph what I find.
I came across the two images below in Old Hunstanton, Norfolk. They were behind the lifeboat station and only about 6 feet (1.8m) away from each other. They were far too good an opportunity to miss. I often wonder how many people walk past the most wonderful things, without ever seeing them. 

Beach Still Life Diptych.

The two images in diptych below were taken 15 - 17 years ago. They are also over 400 miles apart. Both were on the coast. Every now and then, I find something and think, "I took a shot like that years ago, I'll take this one as well." The metal button was just sat on top of a breakwater. Had I been there later, the tide would have taken it away. I was there at just the right time.

Old Wood with Button.

The top photo of the next image was on a stone gatepost. A farmer had been repairing the fence. He must have put the dead twigs there as well. It leap out to be photographed. Two years later, we had a moorland fire on the edge of a wood 10 minutes walk from me. It was started by kids. "Lets destroy something lads, it's lots of fun." SIGH.  When I saw the burnt twigs on a stone, I remembered the other photo. My mind made the connection between them immediately.

Zen Koan Cypher.

Patterns are repeated over and over, as the image below demonstrates. The photos were taken years apart and in very different locations. It's amazing.


I was in the room of a friend of mine, when I saw the light from the window change, along with it's quality, as traffic passed by. I had to use my phone for these photos.

Moving Light Triptych.

Below is a detail from a burned out mill. The same mill was the subject of  the very colourful piece, "Light Up The Town" in my last blog post. How's that for continuity?


The next photo is the inside of a steam railway engine, in the York National Railway museum. It was an abstract sculpture pleading to be photographed.

Abstract Engine.

The next three images are all related to the sea.


Beach Wreck.

Sea Groins Detail.

I showed a photo which I had distressed by hand, in my last blog post, (Climate Change). I decided to try and create a similar effect digitally. The result is below.


Now the last photo in the post. I was in Leeds City a while ago, photographing buildings. Yes, I certainly know how to have a good time. The photo is a small part of a huge British Telecom (BT) poster. I saw the colour, the curve, the word "be" and the lamp post, it was perfect. It seemed to be a message about being true to oneself.  Up with the camera, & Click!


I hope all that gave food for thought. for some of you. My next post will have some great photos of trees in. Plus other subjects I've not yet decided on.

Be kind to each other. Gordon.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year world.

Hello world, this is my first post this year, it's now New Years Day in the UK.

I've been working on new techniques for my graphics. Some of the results are in this blog post. As always, I shan't comment on any images which don't seem to need it. Where possible, I like the graphics to speak for themselves.  Right; Curtains, lights, music... On with the show!

The first image is one of my favourites. I created it about 3 months ago. By the way, some of the work below, was only completed two days ago.

Organic UFO.

Anne and I went to see the Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform The Nutcracker Ballet, just before Christmas. It was superbe. The male and female principle dancers were incredible. The show stayed in my mind for a long time afterwards. The day after seeing it, I started work on the image below. I tried to capture the movement of the dancers, the swirl of the costumes and the colours. One of the ballerinas came and stood next to me for about 10 minutes. She was videoing part of the performance. I can say for certain, that ballerinas are as graceful and lovely as one would imagine them to be. It's nice when a dream come true.


There is a trend for big buildings to be illuminated in bright colours, for special events. Earlier this year a small mill in Halifax caught fire. I took a few photos of it. Three weeks ago, I decided that I should "light up" this ruined building, on my computer. Below is the result.

Light Up The Town.

I've been developing my skill in creating Graphic Novel art, also known as comic book art. The next image was my first attempt with the new technique. I was very pleased with the way it turned out.

Comic Book Art.

Another comic book style.


And a third Comic Book style piece.

Reactor Powerplant.

Here is another technique I worked on. I finished this one 3 days ago. A friend of ours was on holiday abroad. Thinking about where he was, triggered this image.


Two blog posts ago, I posted some of my Oilbar Monoprints, (or Monotypes). In the New Year, I'm going to start painting again. However, before I do, I need to have a little more practice at one of the new techniques I was experimenting with. It's a way to create images which look like standard Monoprints, but are made digitally. I've called them "Digital Monoprints". On the Internet, other people use the term for something rather different to what I'm doing. I'll show some of my results now, then go back to full colour art after. 

I discovered some time ago, that certain bits of work need a border to define them. It gives them a location in space and sets their limits. Others are spoilt by adding a border and confining them. This type need to be free to expand in the viewer's perception. (Just so you know!)


A High Sea.

Oblique Triptych.

I'm really pleased with the next one.


As regular readers know, I am very much influenced by Abstract Expressionism. The next two images fall into that category 

Decay Study.


A bit of explanation about the next picture now. Early this year, (2019) I discovered Marco Breuer's work, He was born in 1966 and makes photographs without a camera. I don't wish to go into a lot of detail about him here. There is a lot of info on him on the Internet, starting with Wikipedia. Basically, he takes photographic paper and uses abrasion, scratching, folding and scorching, to make marks on the paper, which is then developed. 

I don't find new art techniques or styles and set out to copy them. I use the ideas, as a "springboard" or starting point, and see how I can change them. I decided to use one of my printed digital images. I scratched and abraded it with a variety of things such as; sandpaper, steel wool, screwdrivers, needles etc. I scanned the result and balanced the contrast, colour and levels in Photoshop. The result is below. I will be making more of these in the next few months, having been encouraged by my first go. Next time, I shall use a craft drill with various drill attachments, to see what effects I can get.

Climate Change.

This one turned out a lot better than I expected, it gave me some trouble at first.




6th. Dimension.

Gasometers have fallen out of fashion over the last few years. In a way, it seems a shame, I think they are iconic structures, once so much a part of life for many people. I remember clearly when everyone in England was cooking Christmas dinner at the same time, the gas pressure to the cooker dropped a lot. There was often just a small blue flame from the gas rings. It took a lot longer to cook things then. There is a nice Italian saying: "As busy as an Englishman's oven at Christmas." I like that.

The discovery of Natural Gas removed the need for gasometers. This left a great many of them abandoned, not just in the UK either. Finally, some places around the world decided to make something from them, rather than destroying them. On the Internet there are some stunning examples of the re-use of these giant beasts. Some have been turned into luxury apartments, some into parks. There must be other uses I haven't seen. The Gasometer, below is in Huddersfield, the Halifax ones were dismantled. When I went to look at it, I was struck how similar the construction was like fairground rides. That was the inspiration for the image below. I have used the same gasometer for several other, very different interpretations. I'll put some on the blog in the next year. Have a look on the 'Net at photos of them.

Fairground Ride.

The following image is one of the wrecks on the Fleetwood Boat Graveyard. I found out about it on Dan Tirels Webpage. He also has art demos on YouTube. I've mentioned him before in theis blog. Don't forget to drop in at take a look.

Back to the image: I kept looking at the photo I took of this wreak. The sun was in a bad place to get a good shot. Still, I felt there was something about it. Finally, I saw that it reminded me of a Chinese Sampan, or similar type of boat. At last, I discovered the image I felt it should have been all along. I hope Dan approves.

Fleetwood Wreak.

My wife Anne, does not like the next picture, she finds it creepy and sinister.


It took me a while to work out how to get the effect I was trying for here. I wanted a pattern going left to right and one going right to left. They had to have a different shape to each other, or the effect was not very visible. I got there in the end. It just needed determination and planning. as with most things in life.


This seemed a good image to finish with. A raser light show at a rock concert complete with smoke. All computer generated.

Rock Concert.

I'm always late with my blog posts. Because of that, I've decided to aim for a new post every two months, barring unforeseen circumstances. I'm going to start preparing the images for the next post a few days after posting a new one. It takes me two days to chose 20 or more images, add the copyright logo, resize and shrink them for adding to the blog. After that, It's several hours work typing comments about them, and adding the images. Then checking for spelling mistakes, poor grammar etc. I'm sure some bloggers can do it all in a day. Someone told me he could read six blogs at breakfast time. I can't, I have a life to lead, a selection of tasks to do etc. With luck, my new method of preparing them will help a great deal.

I hope you enjoyed this post, whoever you are, whatever part of the world you live in. Be nice to each other.  Until the next time, keep safe. Gordon.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Fleetwood Shipwrecks Graveyard Photographs.


Yet another well over due post. I really am going to have to get a grip on myself. I wouldn't mind so much if I was struggling to generate material for the blog fast enough. In fact I could probably do a  blog post every day for 2 or 3 weeks.

Ah well, here is the new one. It's a little different, especially for those viewers who are land locked. Early this year, I found out about a shipwreck graveyard almost 90 miles from me, on the West coast of England, at a place called Fleetwood. My good friend Dee drove me there one day, we had a great time. You need wellington boots on, the mud is deep and treacherous. It was a fine, sunny day, from time to time a slight haze would drift over. The sun was low in the sky, as it was late March. Both of those conditions made some of the shots difficult. I've put 23 photos out of the 65 that I took below.

There is not much to say about the photos, other than some of them have been there a very long time. As I wandered around the mudflats I saw bits of older wooden ships sticking up out of the mud. I had to wonder if the entire ship was under my feet. That would make for VERY deep mud! I'll not comment on these images. I did give a name to one of them. I hope you enjoy them.

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Bird of Prey.