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Joanne Last


 





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Sea Dream

106 cm X 106 cm

Acrylic on canvas

















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Over the years I have worked in a diverse range of styles and mediums and from many different subject matters - landscape, abstract, and cityscape – but I find I am always drawn back to the sea. I travel whenever I can, and particularly love the rugged coast of North and West Cornwall and the barren beauty of the Scottish island of Islay.


 My working practise comes from a combination of physical observation - quick sketches done in situ and photographs plus a more indirect and abstract approach.

Although I might be painting a particular place, my aim is not simply to record the view - but more the experience of being in that place…the time of day, light, weight and surge of water, the feel of sun, rain or relentless wind. Of equal importance to me are the tactility of the materials I use and the emotive use of colour. In essence it is a two fold process – fusing the ‘what’ – (the subject) with the ‘how’ – (the method).


I work intuitively and often experimentally – using additions to paint such as collage, tissue, sand, silver and gold pigment - anything to enrich the surface as if I were trying to sculpt the image out of the canvas as well as paint it.


When sketching directly I work quickly with whatever materials are nearest to hand. The larger pieces are done in the studio on canvas or board, and I find the quick- drying quality of acrylic perfect for how I like to work. I paint fast and with limited planning. The composition almost revealing itself, like a slowly remembered dream, as I over-paint, revise, change, take a leap into the unknown – in an attempt to capture that spark of inspiration and intangible essence of a moment.















Sunset

106 cm X 106 cm

Acrylic on canvas

 varnish on Canvas

















The end of the day

85 cm X 85 cm

Acrylic on canvas

















Approaching storm

85 cm X 85 cm

Acrylic on board

 varnish on Canvas

















Seascape series 1

40 cm X 40 cm

Acrylic on board

















Seascape series 2

40 cm X 40 cm

Acrylic on board

 varnish on Canvas

















Twilight bay

45 cm X 105 cm

Mixed media on canvas

















Hazy sea

65 cm X 85 cm

Acrylic on canvas

















Morning across the bay

45 cm X 105 cm

Mixed media on canvas

 varnish on Canvas

















Sea Interlude 1

Acrylic on board

40 cm x 40cm


















Sea Interlude 2

Acrylic on board

40 cm x 40cm


 varnish on Canvas

















Sea Interlude 3

Acrylic on board

40 cm x 40cm


















Sea Interlude 4

Acrylic on board

40 cm x 40cm


 varnish on Canvas

















Alone on the beach

64 cm x 84 cm

Acrylic on canvas


















Sun and rain

64 cm x 84 cm

Acrylic on canvas


 varnish on Canvas