rust and totems …

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I am finding industrial landscapes, objects and interiors as potentially a rich source of inspiration for my abstract artworks as rural landscapes. In fact I can see a kind of landscape in some of my photos here.

The rich patina of marks, scuffs, rust, paint and general usage all bear witness to an intriguing, sometimes forgotten, history, whilst their shapes, colours and textures will undoubtedly haunt my future work.

A quiet beauty… a totemic presence…

Some people are a little bemused by my new love, others see it as a natural progression of my artwork and love it enough to buy it, for which I am very grateful.

These are a just a few of my own photos of humble places and objects, which I find I keep coming back to, so I thought I’d share them.

grinding mill 1. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 1. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

grinding mill 3. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 3. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

grinding mill 2. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 2. digital photo. Mari French 2014


grinding mill 4. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 4. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

Rusting ladder, Newlyn. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Rusting ladder, Newlyn. digital photo. Mari French 2014


 
 

Whelk shed. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Whelk shed. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

Chain & rope. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Chain & rope. digital photo. Mari French 2014


Hayloft nail. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Hayloft nail. digital photo. Mari French 2014

memory of sunlight…

Memory of sunlight 1. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Memory of sunlight 1. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

I love the ethereal effects resulting from natural light pouring through windows onto walls, especially in older buildings.

I photographed these images in my home earlier in April, as the afternoon spring sunlight flickered and filtered through to produce this chiaroscuro play of light and shadow on the wall. 

Memory of sunlight 2. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Memory of sunlight 2. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Straight from my digital camera, they’re not altered or enhanced in any way, apart from a slight cropping on one. If I could produce this kind of image in my painted artworks I’d be one happy bunny.

I’m a bit obsessed with photographing light in this way (you can see more of my images in the photography gallery in the menu above).

Memory of sunlight 3. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Memory of sunlight 3. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

 

 

the Tinners coast … Cornwall

 

Workbook, Brison's Veor, Mari French 2014

Workbook, Brison’s Veor, Mari French 2014

… following on from my previous post (a wilder sea… a Cornish art residency), here are some more images, sketches etc specifically on the mining area around St Just that I produced during those two weeks at Brison’s Veor. (Sorry, some photos rather low quality).

Bottallack and Levant mine areas are National Trust and are easily accessible from the SW coastal path and Geevor mine is open to the public with guided tours (you can go inside a real mine!).

Eventually I’m hoping these spark off a body of artwork, especially the abstract elements.

 

Detail, the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014

Detail, the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014


Calciner, the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014

Calciner, the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014

 

 

 

Inside the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014

Inside the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014

 

Mine abstract, Mari French 2014

Mine abstract, Mari French 2014

 

Detail, Geevor Mine. Mari French 2014

Detail, Geevor Mine. Mari French 2014


Detail, Geevor Mine. Mari French 2014

Detail, Geevor Mine. Mari French 2014


Detail the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014

Detail the Mill, Geevor Mine. M French 2014


studies on paper. Mari French 2014

studies on paper. Mari French 2014


Sketching near Levant. Mari French 2014

Sketching near Levant. Mari French 2014