October 19, 2019

Just what is it that makes today’s landscape so slapdash, so unappealing?

Just what is it that makes today’s landscape so slapdash, so unappealing?

Robin Tannock, 62

Creative excitement always comes from making unexpected connections. Bumping metaphors into one another. Joining the dots… (important ellipsis). Talking of dots: the constellation Orion is known by Western Europeans as The Hunter; by (First Nation) Navajo as The First Slender One and by the Yokut as The Three Footprints of the God of the Flea People. Macedonians look up at the heavens and ask “What starry pattern’s that above?” and answer ‘A Group of Organised Thieves’. True.
It’s different perspectives like these that provide jumping off points for creative thought and work.
Painting this particular area of the Ayrshire landscape has been a recurring motif for me for a long time. I’ve seen this landscape in many different weather patterns at various times of the day and over many years. But how does one coalesce all those perceptions? The marks made with the viscosity of oil paint coupled with its mutability hopefully add up to an inexactitude of colour and tone across the surface of the canvas causing the picture to vacillate between a rendered landscape and a collection of painty smears.
Field of vision plus doubt equals art.

Oil on canvas, 2019Oil and acrylic paint on canvas100W x 100H cm