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The Norfolk Coast [20090114|18:24]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Norfolk

Materials: 2 8"x8" canvases, molding paste, acrylic gels & paints


I tried to capture the muted greys and greens, the rich red-brown of bark, of mud, of the occasional flash of fur or feathers from the grass or the hedges and the contrast that the white wind-ruffled ripples makes with all of them. I haven't worked out quite how to convey visually the chill bite of the crisp air, but I'm working on it.


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[User Picture]From: swerve
2009-01-14 19:08 (UTC)
Really evocative and strangely peaceful. The texture is amazing. I get both a micro and macro sense from the second one; I could be looking at the ground near my feet or the coast from the air.

I love your art.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 09:07 (UTC)
Ah, this makes me very happy, thank you. When I was first getting started with the painting after moving to London, I was trying to make definite representations of scale. Now I deliberately try to make them ambiguous.
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From: typwrtr
2009-01-14 19:26 (UTC)
The one of on the left is AWESOME.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 09:03 (UTC)
Thank you! It's supposed to be an abstract blend of woodland textures (moss, bark & water).
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2009-01-14 19:31 (UTC)
love them!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 09:03 (UTC)
Marvelous. Thank you. ♥
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-01-14 21:10 (UTC)
i like them both, but the one on the right is my favorite. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 09:04 (UTC)
It's more definite a representation than the other one. Also, thank you.
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From: secretsquirrel7
2009-01-14 22:39 (UTC)
Nice work! I like them both, and think they add to each other when presented together.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 09:09 (UTC)
I hadn't thought of this before you commented, but I rarely work on a single small canvas. They always come in pairs or groups. I can only work on larger canvases singularly.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2009-01-14 23:30 (UTC)
Wow, you're amazingly talented. How did you create so many different textures?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 09:11 (UTC)
I use molding paste and heavy acrylic gels to help create the textures, and I usually shape them either with my palette knife or a brush. In the case of the canvas on the right, I dropped water onto the molding paste while it was drying.

Also, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2009-01-15 00:54 (UTC)
Can something be both calm, and...unrestful at the same time? Because if it's possible, these are. The colours are muted, not in-your-face and you don't have any screaming lines, but at the same time, they make me think of a much bigger scene, the atmosphere, maybe. I dunno. Please consider me a fan.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 13:33 (UTC)
You make me think that perhaps I did go some way towards capturing the feel of the air now. It does make you all shivery and restless. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: comfortslut
2009-01-15 02:16 (UTC)
Beautiful. Let me know when you get an etsy account.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 13:34 (UTC)
Thank you. I will do that. The marketing strategy has yet to be decided upon. Probably I shall have to consult people who have a clue how to go about that (e.g. my flatmates).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 13:35 (UTC)
Indeed. I have exactly the same confusion, except the other way round!
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2009-01-15 02:26 (UTC)
I love these.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-15 10:57 (UTC)
Thank you very much. I am much encouraged by the positivity of your response. ♥
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2009-01-15 06:50 (UTC)
WOW. I love.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-15 10:56 (UTC)
Thank you!

PS, have you received the quince nectar yet. I mailed it early last month and I know there was Christmas and everything but they said 15 business days so really it should have got there by now...
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2009-01-15 07:51 (UTC)
These seem just right to me. x
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-15 10:58 (UTC)
Ah, that means a lot to me. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2009-01-15 11:25 (UTC)

The one on the right is very powerful. I do not know what your intention was but I 'see' something very definative and evocative to me within it.

The one on the left is beautiful but does not have the 'definative grab' of the other, possibly because it does not remind me of anything.

I love your work it always makes me think :) Thank you for sharing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 08:53 (UTC)
Yes, the one on the right was definitely intended as coastline and mud flats, while the other is a bit more of an abstract blend of woodland textures (moss, bark, water).

Thank you for taking time to tell me what you thought.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2009-01-15 14:40 (UTC)
you have definitely captured norfolk there, to the point of making me a bit homesick! gorgeous.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 08:54 (UTC)
I'm sorry to have made you homesick, but also glad that you feel it reminds you of home. I want to do a big one of the fens now. :-)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-01-15 19:26 (UTC)
Amazing! They should be accompanied at all times by Vaughan Williams' Norfolk Rhapsody.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-01-18 08:55 (UTC)
I'll remember that should the gallery showing in my head ever manifest in reality. :-)
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