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Studio journal #6 – January 2021

Hello… Well, January has been a very long month, as I'm sure you don't need reminding. Ironically this is the shortest newsletter so far as I've not been posting very much having taken the oppportunity of lockdown to explore some new work with acrylic paint. You can see those endeavours below.

I've also been spending some time planning changes to my website and adding some prints to my shop. These small framed pieces proved popular in the run up to Christmas and make ideal, affordable gifts. (Perfect for Mother's Day on 14th March perhaps…?) As a subscriber you can use code MDAY21 for 10% off any order from my shop until the end of February.

Thanks for your interest in my work.

Best wishes, Richard

– January Journal entries –

New year, new acrylics – 3 January
Close up of an acrylic abstract – the angles reminded me of the frost patterns on my car windscreen these past few mornings.
New plans coming togaether – 8 January
I’ve decided to use the latest lockdown to explore painting with acrylics a bit more. I started dabbling about 12 months ago as a way of creating material to use for close up and macro abstract photographs.
Work in progress – 25 January
I think the work with stripes might be going somewhere. This is the fourth experimental piece, sized approximately 12 x 7in, shown laid out after getting the sequencing right. I started this one from the centre with the strips that have eventually ended up on the outer edges. As the pattern progresses sometimes the colours just don’t work and so blocks get shuffled around. Or replaced completely, as can be seen with the strips over on the left. Next step is to start glueing it all down onto a board.
Finished, but as yet untitled – 27 January
The finished ‘stripes no.4’ piece mounted on 3mm board. I intend to add battons to the reverse so that it ‘floats’ away from the wall when hung. It differs slightly from the laid out version in that a centre strip has been added – there’s inevitably a difference in the overall width of the piece when the strips are glued in position. I’ve split the centre piece in two with a dark blue half in the same tone as the outer blue stripes to break up the lighter area and provide a centre focus.

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