Thursday, 27 July 2017

Latest Abstract Art..

Hello world

Here is a selection of my latest abstract art. Regular readers of this blog will remember that  amongst a lot of other styles and artists, I am very much influenced by Victor Vasarely and Pop art. This little group of images reflects that. Over the last few months, my health has been up and down. I've used the time to teach myself a range of new techniques, the results are below. As is often the case with my work, I will not comment on them, unless I feel something could be usefully said.

I think the first piece is possibly my most sophisticated work to date.

Box Sculpture.

Escher Stairs.

Folding Box.

Chevron 3.

Mountain Landscape.

Theatre.

Zigzag.

Glass Tower.

1 over 4.

The "Gamma" series of images come from a collection of  twenty or so. I was exploring what was possible with the particular technique I had just learned. I wanted to see how far I could push it.
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Gamma 3.

Gamma 13.

Gamma 12

Gamma 17.

The next two images are my favourites in the Gamma Series. I have put both of them on black Tee shirts, they look stunning.

Gamma 7.

Gamma 19.

Plutonium World.

Freak Out.

I used one of the Pop Artist Lichtenstein's colour palates to create the next work.

Lichtenstein Decoded.

Here again, the pop art influence can be seen in the next two pieces.
Lyrical.

The Mill.

Below are three mid to late 1960s style images.

Quantum Event Triptych.

The 60's Dream.

Acid Windmill.

As always, I hope these were worth the wait. Don't forget to pass my Blog URL on to any friends who may like this kind of art. Gordon.








Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Abstract Art coming soon. 12 July 2017

Just so you know, a new post of abstract art is in preparation.
Here is a sampler to be going on with.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Reflections of Towns.

Hello world.
It has been such a long time since I did a post that I feel guilty. Far too much for my comfort has been going on that kept me away from this blog. I have high hopes of doing a second post very soon after this one. Keep popping back.

In the last week of January this year, I passed a shop window that had a nice painting in it. It was a mass produced one but I thought it might be useful as inspiration. Looking at the photo I took on one of our computers at home, I realised I had unexpectedly taken a shot that was FAR better than I could have hoped for. (I'll point the photo out when we get to it in the blog). The following Sunday, on a grey, cold afternoon, I got the bus to Halifax for a photo shoot session based on that one shot, the week before. I was going to take photos of reflections in shop windows.

The results were so good that I decided make a book of the images. That book inspired me to go to Huddersfield town centre on a Sunday and take a set of reflections in windows there. I spent quite some time at Huddersfield University, taking photos of the reflections in their modern buildings and of the buildings themselves. It was a warm sunny day, very unusual for the time of year. Students were sat on the grass in the campus in small groups, talking or reading. In some ways, this set of photos were more striking that the Halifax ones. The images below are a mixture of Halifax and Huddersfield photos. I'm not going to say where each photo was taken. I'd rather let the images speak for themselves. I did nothing to these images except adjust the contrast and levels. Otherwise, they are just as I saw them.

So, are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin.




The above image is the one which gave 
me the idea of taking photos of reflections.




















That's the end of this post, I took over 8o photos on both shoots and used about 60 photos in each one. I have the ones for the Huddersfield ready to print, then I'll make a  book with them. I showed the Halifax book to a friend of ours, she loved it. Then she pointed out that it was possible to walk through the Halifax Building Society Complex and that they had left an old building standing. They have built a huge glass fronted unit round it. It's lit up all the time and seems to serve as a refreshment area for staff. The following Sunday, I spent a very happy hour taking photos of the complex. It will by the third book in my "Reflections" series.

If anyone is inspired to go and take photos of reflections, Sunday is the best day. It's always quiet on Sundays, you don't get the public taking a look at you, then at what you are taking shots of, then waking between you and it. Sometimes they even stand and look in the window. Grrrr! Be patient with them, they can't help it.

Summer is coming, it's time to dust off the cameras.
Gordon.

Friday, 3 February 2017

My Latest Abstract Art and a Few Photos.

Hello to all my readers.

A very Happy New year to you. I hope it's a peaceful one for all of us.

I'd intended to put this post up three weeks ago, as usual, life got in my way. The post is a mixture of computer generated art and modified photography. There are 22 images in all. I hope you enjoy them.

I decided that rather than just post the images, I'd say something about the inspiration or thought processes that lead me to create them.

The first one is a modified photo of two of my Arabic/Fusion Dancer lady friends. As I was looking at the original, I realised I'd not seen them for a long time, until I took this photo. I began to realise that remembering friends is bound to give you a slightly distorted view as time passes. That lead me to try and create an impression of such distortion. Here is the result.

 Distant Memories.

Next is a photo of two of my wife's Arabic Dance coin belts hanging up. I like the textures and colours and didn't think it needed any thing doing to it.

Coin Belts.

Now for something I've been meaning to take a photo of for several years. Once a year in late August, we go to the week long Whitby Folk Music festival. For my overseas visitors to this blog, Whitby is on the East coast of Yorkshire in England.  Some of you will know that I was a professional singer, musician and storyteller until ill health got in the way.  The cottage we stay in, is about 300 years old. The walls are plaster, painted white. One wall has an area of plaster that had not been smoothed for some reason. I noticed that it looked like a medieval Jester's face, complete with hat. I took it's photo last August. All I've do it is changed the colour to make it stand out more.

Jester. (Hey nonny nonny my Lord).

I was out for a walk at the start of January, it was a sunny, bitterly cold and frosty day. I walked along part of the Calder and Hebble Canal and the scene below caught my attention. The multi-coloured lights are a happy result of the sun shining on the camera lens. I thought it made it look magical. All I did was to increase the colour saturation and enhance the texture of the water.

 Mystic Portal.

The following photo is a remake of one I took two years ago. It's the ruin of the ruined boiler room of an abandoned cloth dye-house mill. If you look back in this blog, you will see five other photos of this mill here: (On the page, scroll down to see them.)


Mill Wall.

The image below started life as an area of rust on an old steam railway engine, in York Railway museum. I like the textures of rust and paint. I'm always fascinated by that sort of image. As soon as I saw it, I knew I could make a "Modern Painting" from it.

Still Life #4.

Now for the last of the landscape format images. It's my interpretation of what a newly sunken ship looks like to a diver.

Shipwreak.

Now for four square format pictures:
First is my fanciful try at portraying a human aura - the spiritual energy force surrounding living things. Humans are very seldom beings with one aspect to their personalities or moods. Very simply put, different colours of an Aura show different aspects of the person. (I don't want to get in to a deep explanation here). Blue, is a healing and spiritual colour. Red can be strength or anger. I tried to show the mixed nature of the human Aura in "normal" conditions.

Auric Field.

I created the next image to be the cover of a CD of quiet jazz, suitable for a Valentines Day meal, (14th of February, don't forget) or any romantic meal for two.

Jazz For Lovers.

The one below was inspired because I'd been out on a mushroom finding session with the local fungi recorder. She has an amazing memory for facts about fungi. I thought I'd have a go at creating a logo suitable for a fungi society. Just to explain, the fungi hunting people I know are NOT foragers. We simply record, with photos and location, where we find certain types. They get sent off to an area recorder, who publishes an annual report on what had been found in their area.

Mushroom Logo.

I was looking up at a telegraph pole one day. I suddenly realised what a magical thing sending voices, images and text along bits of wire, all around the world, really is. We take technology for granted, familiarity tends to do that. However, I don't believe that we should ever loose a sense of wonder about the world. As I looked at it, I thought "It's like a wizards's hat". That was the birth of this image.

Wizard's Hat.

For a great many years, I have believed that buildings can speak to us, if we are prepared to listen. The builder/decorator we use, was looking round our house last year. He was getting ready to do some major work inside it. He looked at me, then said, "Sorry, I was listening to the house, I want to know what it wants us to do to it. Too many people don't listen to their houses. They end up doing things that make the place uncomfortable to live in". He was thinking along the same lines as me, it was wonderful to find someone who feels the same.

Some of you will have heard people say, "If only these walls could talk, I bet they could tell you a tale or two". The picture below is a story waiting to be told. I used four of my photos, each on it's own layer in Photoshop, to create this image.

History Tales.

A few minutes up the hill from where I live, there are three Japanese Larch trees. Over the years, I've taken several photos of them at different times of the year. I kept trying to get "THE" photograph. With the picture below, I think I have finally done justice to the trees. In case anyone wonders, I only used two of the trees. The third one is a little distance from the others and didn't frame well.

Larches.

Liminal spaces are thresholds, points or places of entering or beginning. Liminal space is where all transformation takes place. Author and theologian Richard Rohr said, "This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed". There is an ancient legend of liminal spaces having Guardians. The Shinix is one. These Guardians can respond to prayer and offerings (sacrifices). I created the image below with this in mind. It was layered from several photos. The strange thing about the image is, that there is nothing in any of the individual photos that could produce the figure you can see in it. A friend and I studied the image and the separate photos used. In the end I said I thought that perhaps I shouldn't look too deeply and he said he felt that was right. I don't have any explanation for the result, but he is there and holding something that, again, we couldn't find in the layers. There is a lot on the Net about Liminality, articles and images, should you wish to dig deeper into the subject.

Liminal Guardian.

I think it's time for one of my Abstract Expressionist artworks now.  I couldn't decide if I liked the colours in the piece below at first. They seemed a bit subdued compared to a lot of my work. I tried several colour pallets on it. Finally, deciding to go with the one I started with, it's quite a restful piece. I'm proud to report that a poetess I know liked it so much, that a copy is now hanging in her front room, 

Indigo #2.

The next image is a straight photograph. It looks as if I've spent a long time layering images in Photoshop but all I did was take a photo of a shop window. The result was far better than I ever expected. So much so that a week later, (the 29th of January this year, if anyone's interested). I got the bus to Halifax and spent an hour taking photos of shop window reflections. It was Sunday, it's the best day for this. There are not as many people about to walk in front of the camera at the wrong moment. Also, most shop lights are turned off. This usually gives better reflection shots. I did take some with the reflection of shop lights and they came out well. I'm starting to make a book with the best photos as soon as I get this blog post online. There will be 36 images in it, one to each A5 page.

City View #1.

Regulars to this blog will know that I'm a big fan of pop art. From time to time, I create a piece in that style. I'm going to put five examples below.

Soundblast.

Soundwaves.

Port to Starboard.

Magical Mystery Tour.

The next bit of pop art, titled Barnstormer's, is a tribute to the daring and skill of the pilots and performers who did public shows. They did stunts like, flying a plane though a barn, having people stand on the wingtips whist they flew and a lot more. barnstorming became popular in the USA during the 1920's. There are a lot of video's showing Barnstorming on YouTube. There are some from the past and some of people still practising it now. I liked the modern one with two Englishmen flying wingtip to wingtip through a barn. Once mistake and they would have had a terrible accident. They must be mad to want to try things like that. I'm happy if I cross a road without being run over.

Barnstormer's.

This is the final piece, it's called Hy-Brasil. It was an island which appeared on maps as early as 1325. It was still being shown on maps in 1865, where it was called Brazil Rock. On most maps, it was shown to be about (200 miles) 321km off the west coast of Ireland, in the North Atlantic Ocean. It was described as being cloaked in mist except for one day every seven years, when it became visible but still could not be reached. This was the home of a wealthy and highly advanced civilisation. There is a lot of evidence to support it's existence. Anyone wishing to read more about it could start by looking at the link below.


Hy-Brasil.

Well, here we are at the end of another Blog post. It's been far too long since I posted, I'll try not to let it be so long next time. I hope that some of these images stimulate people to read up on some of the things I mentioned. Better still, go out with a camera, sketch pad and pencil or working with a graphics program and creating their own art.

Until next time, be nice to one another and have fun. Gordon.