A small part of how this painting came about.
This is a small snip of today’s recording of a current work in progress. It is a diptych in 100 x 100 cm (or both at 50cm x 100cm) that I am working on. They can live either together or apart I am hoping, at the finished stage.
I forget to hit record sometimes between stages as the painting progresses. Sometimes I want no distractions at all and recording a work in progress can take from that solitary need that most artists can only work in. However I am trying harder with this one as I feel it is good to look back on a video piece from time to time to simple learn from it. I have some other works finished that I recorded, so I will get working on getting those put together for anyone who would like to see my process, which is new enough to me.
This piece I am working on is a play on colours I have chosen so far, that really lift the spirits in this current COVID19 atmosphere. I am still at the early stages and it will be more defined as the work progresses. So more to come!
The music was written by me from back in July 2016, in better times I suppose. I am not a musician or even a piano player by any standards but I love using the piano as another way to express, just for myself. So don’t judge me! I love to sit down to it and just start on a key and when I find one that appeals to me, I start playing until something emerges and go with it. It all depends on my mood. In a way it is not too dissimilar to how I paint. Music is another passion of mine but clearly from a hobby point of view. This short piece was recorded on my iPhone while it was placed awkwardly on my piano as I played.
Here is my finishing stage from today’s session in the studio, shapes are taking form and I am starting to see a way onto the next stage here, so I look forward to tomorrow! Its just a phone photo so I’m sorry about the fuzziness.
I am working on this new painting at the moment and here is a small part of the detail in close up. In its early stages it had been leaning toward a title that came to mind – The Rings Of Saturn.. and more from a sound and movement perspective. For a part of the process I listened to sounds recorded of the planet posted on YouTube..it seemed to intensify the experience and I’m hoping some of that comes through in this painting on completion.
Going in and not thinking too deeply as I had been with me last series of paintings. I feel an immense sense of freedom, something I’ve been striving for before. I think too much there fore I tried to control too much. Now I am releasing all that energy into my new work and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
The act of making a painting is about freedom and expression. My memory of light, colour, form, and aspects of the landscape that stays in my subconscious are what’s important with the will to let go and let it happen without thought or consequence. .
A short video of my recent experience in my studio. I am feeling very much alive with this new work I am making..
My current new series is all about pushing abstraction more than I have ever done before. Responding to my surrounding landscape and being so passionate about nature, forests and the open landscape. The colours are influenced by the bright vibrant summer light that is being experienced here in Ireland lately.
This is only a short rough video idea on the current direction I am taking and I am very excited about it indeed!
Have a look here on my Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/dervalfreem… ) if you are interested to see more of my everyday visual diary and art in progress.
Photos and detail of current work in progress
Here is a short video piece of me explaining my painting technique, what materials I use and where my inspirations come from.
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Here’s a small piece of footage with some photographs towards the end of video, from last Friday’s opening reception of Solace exhibition with guest speaker, Derek Dean.
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