Painting or Not Painting?

Painting has been used throughout history to express emotions, culture and events. Throughout history, however, people have used many different mediums, and this is what I wanted to explore to chose the medium that I am going to paint with.


Painting can use traditional mediums such as oil, acrylic or watercolour paints. These can be manipulated in different mark-making techniques to form patterns and ultimately, paintings.

There is, however, also the medium that was used in the cave paintings at Lascaux in France, dated at around 20,000 years old.

Putting paint on different materials and mediums such as wood or canvas, or perhaps even sandpaper, is also counted as painting.

There are also painting cliches such as never paint with pure black, never paint with one colour, never leave blank spaces. But I want to break these and perhaps use them all, just to create something new and unique in my own painting. There is also the cliche that you shouldn’t use colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel as they are ‘non-compatible’. The fact that each colour has a meaning, I also want to smash. Red is supposedly angry, but Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern makes a soft, serene red that you can enjoy. Sigrid Holmwood makes her own colours by growing her plants. I would find this process enjoyable, unfortunately the time scale that which we have for the painting, I would not have been able to grow the plants for the use of the paints.

Sigrid Holmwood | Examining-Soil | 2015 | Shite yellow made from buckthorn berries; red made from madder roots; Mayan blue made from woad; purple made from cochineal beetles; earths; marble dust and lead white, bound in egg tempera and oils, on handwoven linen | 106x149cm


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