Orange

by maggie

Last week I talked about beach and river stones. In south east England there are probably more stones underground than on the surface. Woolwich and Reading Beds are found through out the london area and when you dig them up they’re orange.

mostly when you study rock types or semiprecious stones you get every other colour than orange. Orange is a boring colour for rocks. Or maybe I should saying ochre rather, than lets say tangerine. The ochres are a group of iron oxides which are widely used as pigments. So pebbles can be orange because the ground water is full of iron or because they are full of iron themselves.

Last summer i started this pebble making journey by buying lots of orange paper. (They were on sale.) Orange isn’t anyway near my favourite colour so I felt free to do all sorts of experiments.

Now I want to do something with these coloured papers.

The immediately available selection of orange pebbles. Some of these are just wrong (why did I use blue ink?) some have potential

The immediately available selection of orange pebbles. Some of these are just wrong (why did I use blue ink?) some have potential

now the weather is warmer I can get back into the studio. here i'm adding some golden ochre or sepia to various pebbles to improve their appearance

now the weather is warmer I can get back into the studio. here i’m adding some golden ochre or sepia to various pebbles to improve their appearance

And here is a draft of another large canvas (100 x 30). There will probably be lots of movement in the little pebbles before the thing is finally settled.

Not sure of the name yet… procession / company??

Not sure of the name yet… procession / company??

As well as bleaching some more (new) coloured papers I’ve also finished (re-done) the little pebble arrangements from December. I’ve replace the background with something simpler and adjusted some of the compositions. Now all I have to do is frame them

IMG_0844 IMG_0845 IMG_0843 IMG_0842 IMG_0850Well anyway that’s all for now

MER

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