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Pure Abstract Painting. Abstract Art. New Course.

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Abstract art strips away the narrative, the real and expected visual story. It requires us to resolve a problem. We want to impose a rational explanation – or see something in abstract art so we feel comfortable. It makes our brains work harder and in a different way – at a subconscious level.




Maybe that’s why some people find abstract art more intimidating and are quick to dismiss it.



If you are interested in learning more about abstract art and how to create abstract paintings, I am in the process of creating my first online course. “Pure Abstract Painting”




This is something I have been wanting to do for many years and will let you know when my course is ready for enrollment.



A few abstract paintings I’ve been working on today.  I love the continual changes when working this way.




The Power of an Object. Identity through Object.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

One of my life- time interests is collecting vintage, antique and found objects. I believe, through objects, stories can be told, and through imagination, new ones found.

Objects and their stories, often inspire my art making too. I deconstruct items for sculpture. Old clothing and antique quilts, are often used in textile pieces, artist books and collage. Aged  surfaces and patinas of collections, make their way into my abstract paintings, too.



Lately, I have been asking myself a few questions about, collecting and identity. Especially after the passing of my step father a few years ago, when I had the huge task, of cleaning out his house and shed. Overwhelming at times, the hoard, has found it’s way into my life & studio



Having only known him for a short time, (5yrs) I’ve discovered, through his belongings and objects, a hidden or, new identity.



Strangely , I now find myself imagining, a new “make believe identity” through the objects he hoarded



This has lead me to many questions…

When alive, do we really know a person? and can things and objects help us to see, a new, or different identity?

Through objects and belongings, can we feel connected to that person?

Can objects change, how we see others & ourselves?






Stuck for Ideas.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Sometimes, when I’m stuck for ideas making artwork and it’s just not happening, I  like to throw a heap of things together and arrange them near my work.

The items, may relate in colour, texture and type or be opposing which, I find much more exciting. Your brain will automatically try to come up with solutions. Expanding your ideas and creating new ones.

The flow on of ideas is sometimes amazing. It can lead to, resolving the artwork in front of you, as well as, give you ideas for a whole new body of work.

Juxtaposition and connections of items together seems to work for me.

I believe there is a creative force that is connected to everything we do.

Crut. New Paintings. Cradled Boards.

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Crut. New Paintings. Cradled Boards.

Jenny Davis_Crut_Acrylic paint oil paint on birch cradled Board under 2rgb


3 new paintings, well, it’s actually one painting, a triptych, I did for a recent art prize. Each painting was made with acrylic paint and small areas of oil paint on birch cradled boards.


Jenny Davis_2016_Crut_Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint on Birch Cradled Board 1


I love using boards for painting. The surface is much more forgiving than canvas. Perfect for the spontaneous, mark-making and material layering I tend to do.  I can scratch, sand, scrape back, engrave and it won’t tear, or break like canvas.


Jenny Davis_2016_Crut_Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint on Birch Cradled Board


If I could get larger cradled boards and still be able to lift them, I would be very happy. The size of these boards are 50 x 50cm. each. Overall size 150cm. x 50cm.


Jenny Davis_2016_Crut_Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint on Birch Cradled Board 2


About Crut

Communication to the masses. Text in the environment can mark territory, give control and can validate those, who don’t have a voice in the mainstream order. Through mark-making in the environment everybody can be heard. I see beauty and at times, desperation in the messages, found in the streets, and in the abandoned, underground and derelict spaces. Layers of tagging, graffiti and found marks on weathered surfaces tell stories about the past, present and future. Aesthetically they can be beautiful, even though they may have been painted illicitly on a wall, or other surface’s. My abstractions are investigations into, marks, traces and messages, left behind, in the urban and rural environment.


Jenny Davis_Crut_Acrylic paint oil paint on birch cradled Board under 2rgb

When is a painting finished ?

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

This painting was started about 6 weeks ago and is still morphing…

Jenny Davis_ Painting in Progress S

Beginning with large areas of loose colour. I lived with it and watched




I tightened it up with more colour, dribbles and abstract geometric forms. For the next week I watched again…


Jenny Davis_ Paint in Progress 5


Still not satisfied, I threw it on the floor and used, bucket and broom, to scrub, pour & glaze with puddles of watery acrylic paint and Gesso to muddy it up


Jenny Davis_ Paint in Progress 2

Jenny Davis_ Paint in Progress 4

Once dry, I worked into the forms to bring them back again


Jenny Davis_ Paint in Progress 7

Recently, I scrubbed away more areas, added several paint glazes and played across the surface with oil pastel for days



When is a painting finished?

It will tell me…

In the Studio. Work in Progress.

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Started this painting at Jane’s studio




Sat and watched it today




Still a way to go with colour oil pastel & paint




It’s been good getting back to larger paintings… 140x120cm.






Collaborative Art Project.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The original “No Yes” book below is now finished after 2 collaborative swaps with Australian artist Jack Oudyn

Please see previous post on “Collaborative Art”

1st swap with my marks only


2nd swap with Jacks marks and we both decided it was finished!


It has an oriental feel to it.

Coming up soon, the other finished artist book!


Mail Art. Nomad Art. Transportable Art.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Finished Mail Art. Sending off to Australia, France, South Africa, USA, Canada and Portugal.

“Earth Works” series.

Gocco screen print. Distress inks. Stencil. Thread. Collage. Coloured pencil on vintage graph paper and  found cardboard packaging.

Rustic Catalan Farmhouse & Frottage.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I find Frottage rubbings are fun to do.  I did the rubbings, when I was an artist in residency in Spain. The rustic farmhouse was over 200 years old and once a winery. It had amazing textures throughout and the studio’s. were very generous in size.

The Travelling Artist

Saturday, March 8th, 2014



Wherever I go I like to have all my art materials in one place encase I need to jot down an idea, or for when I get that creative burst.




So, when I found this old case I knew exactly what I would do with it. I made myself a personal art kit for when I go out and about. I keep this case in my car and it goes everywhere with me. I also have a smaller kit for when I travel overseas. This kit is much lighter so I can collect art materials along the way




It has everything I need for drawing, painting, collage, photo transfer, stamping and writing

In Transit series of collages




Acrylic paints and ink in a pouch my daughter gave me




Chalk in a vintage medical tin






Water colour paints, coloured pencils and double sided tape








Brushes for painting, pens for drawing and writing, felt pens, graphite pencils, knife, scissors and glue stick for collage




Paint swatches




Collage papers in a plastic pouch.  Mixed lot of vintage and newer papers




Hand- dyed coffee filters, vintage wallpaper, labels and book pages




Stained printed matter and newer papers




Old music prayer book




1932 school book full of hand drawn  world maps






1960s New Idea magazine for cutting




Old advertising




Vintage encyclopeadia pages sealed with a layer of translucent gesso paint




A book of hand-made French paper




Small canvas boards and palette, matt and gloss medium for collage, painting & transfers




Mini stamping kit in old cigar tin






Stamp pad, tiny rubber text stamps in matchbox, stamp holder and tweezers




I also carry a selection of my hand made artist books in progress to work in.



My books are made from found papers, junk mail, advertising


used envelopes, cereal boxes and food packaging


Embellished with used clothing labels, tags, stamps, stickers, pen ,ink and found fabric scraps


sewn with thread or wire and filled with whatever else I find in my travels



It’s amazing how much I can fit into the case





Do you have a portable art kit ?  Whats in your art kit ?

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