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Thoughts in the studio today. Stacks, towers and painting.

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

A bit of colour in the studio today. How many colours and layers can I stack up on top of one another?




They remind me of Claude Courtecuisse’s   “Hacking Objects” sculptures I saw in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Museum in 2007.

He erected towers and stacks of common objects.


Image photographed from original 2007 catalogue. Copyright Georges Centre Pompidou Original photos Copyright Claude Courtecuisse. 2007



Balance, colour, repetition, scale and transparency is what I took away from that exhibition.


  Copyright Jenny Davis


As a child, I too, would build little towers of objects in my bedroom.

Still today I play and stack with my vast collection of vintage objects.

The towers have been getting higher and higher over time and eventually, I aim to make huge, tall one’s, up to the roof or even higher.



Now back to the painting…I’m not sure if I’ve resolved it yet, as something about it is still annoying me. Maybe that’s a good thing?… as sometimes things that are a bit odd are more successful.

I think I will sit with it a bit longer.


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.




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.

Digital Collage and Photoshop.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Digital Collage and Photoshop.

When making my art, I rarely follow rules. Not knowing, techniques, materials and technology, doesn’t bother me and can be a blessing. It gives me more freedom to play around and discover things, that wouldn’t otherwise, be found.

A few images of recent experiments in Photoshop and other programs using my own artworks.




















Do you always follow the rules when creating?


‘Happy New Year ” & New Thoughts

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!! Best Wishes for an extraordinary year ahead.

As usual an artist’s work is never done. So many ideas and projects I want to do over the next couple of years I just hope to have enough energy and money to keep up with it.

A few thoughts came to me recently……

I like the idea of artists diversifying and crossing over into other areas with their work. I like to think the role of an artist is to leave the audience astonished, unsettled, to give something exciting , new and innovative and to experiment and not just think of art in a frame mentality.

Conceiving art as an “experience”, not just viewed at and moved on.

Over the past couple of years, my work has been moving in all directions. I thought I was an Abstract painter only, but now, I also delve into sculpture, collage, video, photography, art publishing , design, wearable art, handmade crafts etc and the lists goes on and on.

So , as an artist, whatever you are doing at the time, that’s your art and labeling yourself as a certain type of artist can be so restricting and may not allow ideas to grow and flourish.

By working this way while, keeping an open mind, it allows me to discover new ways, of self expression at a more deeper level. At the same time, I feel more connected to the world, past, present and future.

I’m more in tune, alert.

Discoveries, are exciting and stimulating for the artist. It helps me to progress in my work and learn new ways of looking, doing and thinking enhancing my arts practice…….

So, whatever art you do, use your “artspace” for confrontation, clash for the unexpected with a non- programed response and it may lead you to other things. Experiment and venture into areas where you have no experience and see what happens …..