You may wonder when you look at today’s painting, what on earth it has to do with James Watt. Well as it turns out, quite a bit really.

You see when my partner John, and I, were visiting the Science Museum in London recently, we had a wander around the section that had exhibits to do with James Watt. It seems that, Johns great-grandfather five times removed was James Watt and John was very keen to take a look at the exhibits. Which we did.

James Watt's Workshop

James Watt’s Workshop

 

Part of the display was a recreation of his workshop – the whole thing transported, lock, stock and barrel and reset up in the museum.  Here are some photos of the space.

James Watt's Workshop

Busts and Jars

 

And next up is the photo which inspired the following painting. I loved the colours and the abstract patterns made by the machine and it’s shadows!

James Watt's Workshop

 

The Painting……………

 

James Watt Studio Painting

 

This week’s question:  What can you find an abstraction in?

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This is the second painting of this Landscapes of the Heart series that stands in its own right. Again it is about emotional processing – a little more optimistic perhaps than the first one – perhaps. Here I have personified the heart within its own landscape. I don’t have a lot to say about it – I must let the image speak for itself here…..

Landscapes of the Heart II, Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart II

 

 

This week’s question:  How does it make you feel? What emotion does it bring up for you?

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Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal Drawings were the flavour of the moment last week as I was playing around with a new series I’m embarking on. This series will still be in the New Romantic genre. These charcoal drawings were developed from an idea wherein I was exploring, how the idea of the heart might fit into an actual landscape. The drawings were done using willow charcoal, a pretty flexible medium – messy but favourable.  I use the willow in favour of compressed charcoal which comes in much fatter sticks and tends to go rather too dark, you don’t get as bigger range of tones out of it.  It is not as flexible to use.

charcoal drawings,Landscapes of the heart I - Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart I

 

I am thinking about turning this painting below into either version of these drawings.

charcoal drawings inspiration for Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki

 

charcoal drawings,Landscapes of the heart II

Landscapes of the Heart II

 

Keep an eye out for the end result in the coming weeks!

Next Thursday’s Post: Mt Taranaki revisited

Next Monday’s Post: What Shall I Create?

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Landscapes Of The Heart

I had a realization this morning when I was thinking about the direction of my work and focusing on it becoming more heart centered. I suddenly thought – ‘ There is so much I can paint about the heart and how connected we are to things, even to the landscape itself.’ In fact, landscapes of the heart seem to me to embody the concept of new romanticism in a perfect way. In pursuit of this concept, I did a small work last week, which seems to represent really how I was feeling on that day.

Landscapes of the Heart I

Landscapes of the Heart I

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A Different Kind Of Abstraction

So this week’s abstraction is entirely different from last weeks.  Funnily enough, I came across something in Singapore that made me take a second look and reminded  me of my paintings.
Here is a photo of one of the container ships in the port at Singapore.

Container ship

Container ship

And here are the Abstracts I was working on before I went away.

Colour Field 1

Colour Field 1

 

And then a little less defined…..

Colour field 2

Colour field 2

And lastly a combination of the two….

Colour field 3

Colour field 3

So these works are small paintings working with small blocks of colour. I was amazed when the pattern of the containers on the ship in Singapore caught my eye. Here it is below.

 

Abstracts Container ship abstract patterns

Container ship abstract patterns

I could see the similarities to my small paintings and ways in which I might now push those works further- a fascinating concept.  You never know when or where you are going to find inspiration to take your work further.  I had been feeling a bit stuck with these works, but now I have some new ideas to play with in improving them.

 

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So here we have the same subject as last week handled differently.

Beginning with the drawing again…

Working drawing charcoal for Underpainting

Working drawing charcoal

and a working drawing for suggested different coloured underpainting…..

Underpainting

Working drawing

 

Then applying the paint this time using colour not too dissimilar from the under painting.

Abstract Painting -Yellow House

Abstract Painting -Yellow House

 

From this exercise you can see how the same subject can be painted quite differently indeed.It is fun to experiment with things like this – you never know just how things will turn out.  But it is also a great way to launch, or drift really into an abstract concept – this image could certainly be pushed a lot further if I wanted to.  This kind of painting is sometimes called colour blocking.

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