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Painting and how to kick-start your creativity


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Art Block

All creative people experience fallow periods, those days and weeks when we feel little progress is being made and virtually nothing is produced. It comes with the territory, it's part of the creative process, the temporary block, the loss of inspiration or a way for the mind and body to restore fertility and avoid meaningless overproduction.

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Fenland Painting by Peter Corr in Room Setting

Just like a Winter landscape of frozen fields with all life above ground dead or dormant. At least, that's the argument I use to explain my general lack of engagement and purposeful activity. Somewhere in the psyche, in that soporific subterranean world, reserves of latent energy are ideally restored and renewed. Of course, if you prefer to bypass the gestation period you could kick-start the whole process, cut out the middle man and be swiftly back on track. Here are some ideas and techniques that I often use to get things moving again, think of them as nature's natural remedies.


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Close-up Details 'Earth Stood Hard as Iron' Oil & Cold Wax Painting

Take Risks: Risk-taking should be at the centre of what we do as artists. It is hard to see how you can create something new if you avoid taking risks. Playing safe is a holding strategy, it ensures your work will be acceptable and conform to existing, already established standards. However, it is unlikely you will produce anything that ignites a spark, that surprises either you or your audience. The willingness to leave our comfort zone is a prerequisite, as it opens up the possibility of both failure and success; what we do may not work immediately, but does it matter? Failure is just a word with negative connotations, it derives from Italian and originally referred to the notion of breaking something apart, into pieces, hardly a catastrophic judgement. Sometimes you have to break things to see what is going on inside and then reconfigure them.


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'Earth Stood Hard as Iron' Oil & Cold Wax Painting

Try New Materials: I don't want you to misunderstand me here, I am a great believer in the acquisition of skills and practical expertise and I know this is only possible through discipline and repetition, but an overreliance on the technical control of a specific medium can be an unintentional straitjacket. Working with new materials will challenge your understanding and your motor skills and force you to look closely at how you work. A new material may interact with other media in unusual and unpredictable ways, but remember, this is a good thing, it guards against complacency.


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Close-up Details

The default approach to painting is to use brushes. Paint brushes allow very fine control and application, they are extremely versatile. You could paint with the precision of Salvador Dali or the brutal power of George Baselitz. However, this versatility has its downsides and limitations. I find that the dexterity that paint brushes encourage also discourages the unexpected and the accidental. In this work seen above, I have used oil paint, cold wax, bitumen, vinegar, acrylic, modelling paste, plaster, sodium bicarbonate, linseed oil and a heat gun. These materials have been applied with brayers, palette knives, sponges, and metal scrapers. I have poured, spattered, dripped, trailed, burned, scratched and stained. Each approach offers a glimpse of a new departure, a new way of thinking about image-making.


Developing Skills

When you are trying to recreate elements of the world in a painting, you have several options. You can use the tried and tested methods that centre around the direct and conscious manipulation of line, tone, colour and shape. Three-dimensional forms can be represented through chiaroscuro and texture through surface patterns.

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Oil Painting by Peter Corr in Room Setting

When you have developed a range of technical skills, this will eventually yield very fine results indeed. Trees will look like trees, clouds like clouds and people like people. However, you will have missed the opportunities provided by chance, by the interaction of different materials and the way they work together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in conflict. It is a fact that nearly all paintings, at least from the Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century, rely on the suspension of disbelief. We readily take cues from the deployment of tonal, textural and colour differences and we reassemble them into known aspects of the visual world. We are willing participants in this age-old conjuring trick, we voluntarily complete the visual puzzle. But what if we let the materials do most of the heavy lifting, and our recognition and automatic cataloguing systems are forced to do the translation for us? What happens? We engage those systems in a creative endeavour, finding equivalences, and commonalities. If there is a mismatch, a glitch, or an error in our decoding we should welcome it with open arms, because this is the element that keeps us looking, keeps us involved, and keeps us searching, deconstructing and rebuilding. This is how the viewer becomes part of the work and is brought fully into the creative process.


'Earth Stood Hard as Iron'

In the Fenlands, bleak midwinter


In medieval times I would have been an alchemist, well, maybe, maybe not. But I have been busy reconstructing Winter Fenland fields from the base 'metals' of tar, plaster and bicarbonate of soda with a little help from the remnants of a tin of Magnolia satin sheen. I don't think it will extend my life or the life of anyone else, but I do get completely lost in the process. In practice, I'm probably shortening my life.....need to do something far less engaging if I'm going to live forever


al·​che·​my ˈal-kə-mē


1

a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life


2

a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way


3

an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting


 

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I will be exhibiting abstract landscape artwork inspired by the Fenlands in Britain at future Affordable Art Fairs, for the newsletter to keep up to date. I will be exhibiting with Linton 59 and Darryl Nantais Art Gallery is representing my artwork. I do hope you can be there.


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Forest Paintings by Peter Corr at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 2022

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