Tutorial notes: Christopher Cook
After having had a good clear out and re-evaluation of my practice I’m beginning to put a practice back together that comes from an almost secret practice, producing work from memory and about memories and events within my life. I felt quite nervous about showing these paintings as it’s such a change in direction. It was so helpful
Showing new work from recent weeks working with memory painting, particularly The First Time I Saw You (Birth Paintings) and The Lost Boy
I need a robust method
How can painting assist in fixing the memories...
is the painting in acrylic wrong kind of rapid...? better in oil...
priming a slick surface which is stretched. A coat of gesso then thicksotropic oil primer...
medium made up in jam jars stand oil and zest it. Apply medium to painting surface... Medium mustn’t sink in... then spend first hour interrogating the memory... four or five works that show memory. use oil bars and cloths only take a morning stay with the birth paintings.... one from photo one that I haven’t done before... be very self Critical...
Eliotonianl gap between idea and action.... need a method and memory that are robust
Send images of emerging paintings.
This tutorial has been enormously helpful. Settling new challenges to my painting techniques and asking me to thoroughly interrogate the memories. time following this tutorial needs to be about investigation and exploration with no rules about how things should look.