Thursday, 8 October 2009

CONTEMPORARY IRISES

Need your help folks. The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society are running a Biennal Auction to raise funds (50/50 sales to society and artist). So I decided to rummage through some of my older work and found two rather large iris acrylic paintings I did a few years ago but (I thought) I never completely finished.

Now I have had a good look at them with all their textured, basic raised shapes I feel I rather like them as they are. Maybe these past few years I have seen so much 'contemporary' work I feel there is no need to put in too much botanical detail but just hint at it. DO YOU AGREE??

I am adding a close up of a small area as well as the whole work to give you a better idea of the style of work.
No:1 IRISES IN EARLY MORNING LIGHT
24" X 30" STRETCHED CANVAS


No: 2 IRISES IN BLUE LIGHT
36" X 14" STRETCHED CANVAS



I also have a smaller framed Iris painting on silk from many moons ago using gutta paint tubes. Its the only silk painting I have left. Do you think I should enter this as well?? I like the idea of just submitting the one subject.
No: 3 IRIS ON SILK
20" X 16" FRAMED AND MOUNTED


Now I have put all this together, I rather like the idea but will wait for your comments but please note I need to deliver to my pal next Tuesday for submission to the NCAS, which I recently joined and looking forward to their next monthly meeting on Chinese Art.
The auction is at the Old Bally Shoe Factory, Hall Road, Norwich , which is often used for large art events, on the 27th November viewing from 6.30 pm and a catalogue will be available in advance.

7 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

Great group of paintings. I like the same theme idea. Your thought process sounds good to me.

RHCarpenter said...

Oh, yes, Joan, do leave them as is - they have that impressionistic and contemporary feel and will do well, I'm sure. Love them all! Good luck!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Joan, these are good paintings for sure, and I'm in love with the silk one. The 1st pntg seems somewhat divided by the arc of foliage below the 3 main top flowers so pop some foliage a bit around or behind at least one of them to tie the top of the painting to the bottom??? Only a suggestion.

The long horizontal pntg is glorious...'I'm ready for spring,' it seems to say.

They are lucky to have your work for their sale!

debwardart said...

I love iris as much as peonies! And in particular the silk - but I agree - they are lucky to have your paintings.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks for the feedback - much appreciated. Sandy I have taken up your thoughts for the large piece and added more flower heads and leaves in that rather empty gap you spotted. Sent you an image by email of the new version so you can see what you inspired!!.

Peggi Habets said...

I think they are incredibly charming. So much more interesting than showing every little detail. Good luck with it.

Robert A Vollrath said...

I like all the paintings as is:)