Newlyn, Experimental Landscapes

I finally got one week of “pop-up” art school in 2021, spending few days ay Newlyn School of Art studying experimental landscape with tutor Anthony Garratt (

I struggled. I found that I have a ridiculously strong narrative streak, that is hard to turn off to allow the abstraction to come through. I also found that I lacked some of the basic art skills that others in the room had – how to handle paint and so on. 

It was still a fantastic week – I learned a lot. I realised just how powerfully drawn to layers I am. Not just in the techniques – influenced by collage art I love from Matisse and Braque – but also in the layers of history and story I want to put into an image.

I was particularly pleased to learn to use photo-transfer – taking my collage work to a new level by pulling through images from magazines and photocopy prints into the surface of acrylic in a ghostly way. This allowed me to represent the miners in my Bottalack images from scraps of prints of oil field workers. I like this effect and will develop. it more in my work.

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