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Plans..What Plans?

Francis Boag Blog

 

Photo one was the canvas on the easel when I went into the studio today and, what I thought I was going to be working on throughout the day.

If only things were that simple...

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I allowed myself to be distracted by a barely started canvas lying on the studio table and that was me for the rest of the day.

Photo two is what I ended up with.

I don’t know whether to be annoyed at my predilection for ‘kicking the can down the road’ ..again or, just be happy that I managed to scratch another itch?

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Photo three shows the new painting framed (thanks to FrameBuilder app.)

I think I might be secretly pleased with my days' work...

Francis

Inspiration

I first wrote this nearly 20 years ago as part of my application for the M.A. Course at Grays and reading it again I'm struck by how much it still informs my work today.

In my work, I am trying to evoke in the viewer, a childhood memory of a day or a long forgotten moment, and to reawaken the sense of pleasure and lost innocence this memory brings.

I hope to achieve this response through a combination of visual references, intellectual elements and emotional triggers.

In the paintings, the visual references are the trees, cottages, dykes ( stone walls ) birds, sheep, cows and so on, which I interpret in a naïve simplified style.

The intellectual element is the sense of it being a visual record of an actual place i.e. Cookney or Glen Isla and the emotional triggers are chiefly the expressive, vibrant colour I use, but the texture, shapes and rhythmic 'marks' I make as the painting develops are also important.

In my current work, I am slowly working toward diminishing the intellectual elements, refining and simplifying the visual references and trying to rely more on the emotional triggers, to elicit a response.

My aim is to make work, which will impact on the person seeing it in a sense similar to that felt on listening to a familiar or favourite piece of music.

Francis