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AngerManagement.1.Buziak.2

This acrylic painting was made on a 80 x 60 cms (31.5 x 23.5 inches) canvas at the weekend after having an unusually bad dream during the night. I rarely dream, and when I do from what I can remember they are in monochrome, but this time I awoke with the colours of flesh pink and red blood swimming in my head! My dream was not of gore, but more of witnessing my own death… not falling, but being sucked from a height onto a studio floor covered with tubes of acrylics. Then, I read somewhere that over the weekend ‘Pluto was no longer Retrograde’ and whilst unsure of the implication of that celestial happening, it could have triggered a malfunction in my subconscious brainwaves.

So, being curious, on The Psychics Universe site I read…

“Pluto in Retrograde – Most planets in retrograde are somewhat reversed—that is, their influences can be fairly opposite of what they are normally. In Pluto’s case, when in retrograde, its influences are not reversed or opposite; rather, it seems to go into overdrive.

It can be very intense and even more fearsome. As Pluto direct forces us to face challenges outside of ourselves, Pluto retrograde forces you to look inside of yourself and face challenges. This can sometimes be unnerving, because the transformations we undergo under the influence of Pluto retrograde tend to require a complete breakdown of the old ways and ideas before we can move forward again.

Pluto brings us face to face with our shadow self. We often consider the shadow self the “dark side”. It’s our negative emotions and desires that we oppress, often don’t even like to admit to, and deal with those parts of ourselves that we do not like. When Pluto goes retrograde, it’s a good time to take on any endeavors seeking regeneration.

Pluto retrograde is a great time for delving into any personal transformations you’ve been hoping to accomplish. However, you may have to go through what seems like a trip to Hell and back for it…

And on another site…

“The planet Pluto – the seventh planet from the Earth and is associated with the afterlife realm referred to as the realm of consciousness. This afterlife realm is the realm for the final development of full consciousness. The Pluto realm of the afterlife brings regeneration and a growth in consciousness, but also can bring self-centeredness. Pluto represents spiritual growth and development of the soul and its influence is just now developing in the destiny of humanity.”

However, once awake and fortified with coffee over a four minute burst of Steve ’n’ Seagulls playing “Thunderstruck” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc – which I do every morning, I climbed the stairs to my studio and started working on three canvasses during the same session… the first one finished being the above “Anger Management #1” which is now on sale at Saatchi Art. Also unusually for my methods of working, I am studying and painting this series of canvasses from all four sides, only deciding on the correct orientation once the composition is finished.

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Anger-Management-1/395193/2173214/view

Image © 2014 Ed Buziak

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DriftingAtSea.Buziak.2

This is an acrylic painting on a large 76 x 56 cms (30 x 22 inches) sheet of Arches Platine paper made during the same couple of days I was working on the two “Pop Camouflage” works illustrated and described here last week. It uses an unusual combination of colours for me – Plum, Pea Green and pale Sky Blue, for want of better descriptive names, although I’m sure the tubes – despite a little mixing and watering down with Titanium White and Paynes Grey, said nothing of the sort. However, the colour combination has stuck in my mind for another not so complimentary reason.

The first visitor to see this piece said, in very direct terms, that I should more or less consider giving up trying to sell paintings and find an outlet for my creativity as a printed textile designer… her punch line being, “I don’t like what you’ve been painting recently as artworks, but I would certainly buy some of them if they were dresses or curtains!” When I think of it though, I was trained as an interior designer at art college, and since the mid-1960s have always admired, and sometimes bought, the printed cotton products under the label of Marimekko, the Finnish designer and producer, so perhaps subliminally I have been channelled in that direction. On their website I found one particularly relevant statement, “Marimekko design is communicative but not ingratiating. It exhibits contradictions and courage to see beauty in everyday life, stemming from a strong passion for creating something new and a belief in intuition.”

This artwork is for sale at Saatchi Art…

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Drifting-at-Sea/395193/2169175/view

Image © 2014 Ed Buziak

Balloons.4.Buziak.2

After a fourth and fifth day (last weekend) in the studio working specifically on ‘dribble’ paintings I decided to take a break from that subject and technique to experiment and create in other areas… currently I have many ideas in my head and not enough hours in the day to proceed on more than one of them at a time. I suppose I’m lucky to be in a position where I’m not stuck for an idea! So, here is the last current one of the series on 75 x 55 cms card… a multi-coloured release of balloons floating upwards…

This painting is currently for sale at Saatchi Art…

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Organic-State-4-Balloons/395193/2159750/view

Image © 2014 Ed Buziak

OrganicState.2.Buziak.2

I’m continuing to work in my studio on ‘dribble’ paintings whilst the extra-warm weather is allowing me to overlay several coats of paint in a single day without them smudging, mixing or merging… and I see on the French météo report that fair weather is set to continue until at least next Wednesday when some rain might arrive. Actually, the prospect of some rain is tempting me to lay-out a few large sheets of pre-painted watercolour paper to see if and how the effects of raindrops (will it be light drizzle or lashing stair-rods?) are at blending perhaps a multi-colour background with spots and spatters of colour introduced during the natural precipitation

I completed two large pieces yesterday (“Organic State #1” was uploaded last night) and started a third on the same theme later in the afternoon using a sheet of 75 x 56 cms thin, buff-coloured cardboard rather than watercolour paper to as to study the absorbency effect and also to see how the tonality of the paint changed on a more absorbent, duller surface… and is still at an experimental stage as I drop extra colours onto it.

For this second piece of artwork in the on-going “Organic State” series I have used a ‘cold’ blue, black and white palette of colours on a 45° sloping sheet of heavy, smooth Arches Platine cold-pressed, hand-made watercolour paper 76 x 56 cms (30 x 22 inches) in size in trying to express the slow movement of organic forms intermingling with each other, sometimes blending or fusing, but in the main reaching downwards in search of an unseen connection… or are they swimming upwards like sperms?

This painting is currently for sale at Saatchi Art…

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Organic-State-2/395193/2152941/view

Image © 2014 Ed Buziak

Atelier.Buziak.3

Have been working in my studio for much of the day on ‘dribble’ paintings using a fully-charged brush of slightly watered-down (between milk and single cream in consistency) acrylic paint on a 45° sloping sheet of heavy, smooth watercolour paper 64 x 45 cms (25 x 17.5 inches) in size. The extra-warm weather allowed me to overlay several coats of paint in a single day without them smudging, mixing or merging. Normally in the cooler months a work of this apparent complexity would have to be spread over two days to allow for drying.

I completed two large pieces today (“Organic State #2” will be uploaded tomorrow) and started a third on the same theme later in the afternoon using a sheet of 75 x 56 cms thin, buff-coloured cardboard rather than watercolour paper to as to study the absorbency effect and also to see how the tonality of the paint changed on a more absorbent, duller surface.

OrganicState.1.Buziak.2

Here in “Organic State #1” I have used a full palette of colours in trying to express the slow movement of forms intermingling with each other, sometimes blending or fusing, but in the main reaching downwards in search of an unseen connection.

Original available for purchase at Saatchi Art online…

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Organic-State-1/395193/2151661/view

Images © 2014 Ed Buziak

ActionManBlue.Buziak.2

During the later stages of the recent football World Cup (which I didn’t watch on TV as I have no connection or access, even if I had wanted to… which I didn’t) I made a few visual scribbles from newspaper reports with brightly coloured wax crayons in a sketchpad recording which teams were playing each other by noting the dominant colours their national flags used, and in what pattern or sequence.

Perhaps thankfully, although it did help my thoughts on artistic composition, the English team were eliminated in the knock-out stages… I say thankfully because painting in an abstract style the Union Flag (what the BBC always incorrectly refer to as the Union Jack) would have been overly complex; and their strip, principally their shirts, being white would have been rather nondescript to say the least.

ActionManBlue.Buziak.3

Well, the World Cup has been played and won and won’t be around for another four years… so my opportunity to be literally “on the ball” with my timing of a portfolio of subjects to appeal to supporters of those sporting nations has no possibility of going into “extra time”. However, I do have a finished example of what I was thinking of for that particular the with “Action Man Blue” – a 60 x 80 cmd semi-abstract acrylic work on canvas, painted with the same broad 100 cms (4 inch) brush and a similar technique as described in my previous WordPress blog entry entitled “Scrape”.

This painting is currently for sale at Saatchi Art…

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Action-Man-Blue/395193/2149834/view

Images © 2014 Ed Buziak

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