Shelagh Wilson: In the Glassy Afternoon Light…
These little paintings developed after drawing for 20 minutes a day in a sketchbook to see what would emerge from my sub-conscious – an exercise encouraged by Andrez Jackowski. He advocated this as a way ‘to tap into patterns of underlying thinking.’ After a few sessions of using oil bars to juxtapose and layer colour, I recognised that the colours I was making – teals, mosses, burnt sepias, slates, mauves – were those of the landscape where I grew up looking out to the Sperrin mountains in Northern Ireland. The paintings became repositories for a tangle of memories of my childhood. From my sub-conscious I dragged into being, the smell of frost under star-spangled, dark inky skies; damp grasses, spongy mosses, drifts of snowdrops.
To make the paintings small is to create delicacy, fragility and intensity. The edges are torn, the paper layered and the images seep over the outside edge in places – a spill of gorse, of seeds, of birds – as memories are unconfined….
Title: In the Glassy Afternoon Light, a Constellation of Snowdrops oil bar, watercolour and pencil on paper, framed
Size: 32cm h x 36cm w framed size
Price: £450 (contact form, please include the title of the work)