Category: Mixed Media

Nothing like A Taste Of Orange in the summer

By Ashley, 06/25/2010 12:25 pm

Just finshed a new metal table titled A Taste Of Orange created from scrap and found metal.

I wanted to create a table that would not only be functional but also work as a work of art – a sculpture, a painting and a decorative object. Once again it is made from recycled metal tubes and plate that have been shaped and sculpted.

The table is finished with a durable powder paint that is a bright summer orange. Finally, I hand painted the table top with vibrant enamel paints that also add to the citrus theme.

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Abstract Painting: Explorations of the Mind 2

By Ashley, 12/09/2009 10:17 am

This painting is experimental in both technique and subject matter. I have used both acrylic in the early stages building up layers and dribbling paint from a stick at different angles. I then used glazes of oil paint to build up depth, colour and tonal changes. As for the subject – well judge for your self.

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Artists put themselves in frame

By Ashley, 10/05/2009 9:30 am

The Cambridge Arts Movement self-portrait exhibition made it into the Cambridge Evening News. And featured my artwork.

Article in the Cambridge Evening News

Mixed-media self-portrait

Mixed-media self-portrait

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Self-portrait

By Ashley, 09/23/2009 6:52 am

The private view for the Cambridge Arts Movement self-portrait exhibition at Williams Gallery was great fun and very well received. The range of work from all the different artists is very exciting and many of the visitors were interested in how each artist approached the subject.

And I was very pleased with the very positive feedback I got from fellow artists and visitors. It has given a real drive to do more experimental work.

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New series of paintings – Explorations of the Mind

By Ashley, 08/27/2009 7:44 pm

Have finally completed the first of a new series of paintings titled them ‘Explorations of the Mind’. I have struggled with the title and toyed with Mindscape, Dreamscape and Mind Exploration but they just did not seem right.

Exhibited at Williams Art Gallery

Exhibited at Williams Art Gallery

Below is the first in the series (I have two more underway). For this, I have used used acrylic paint, oil paint and car spray paint.

Exploration of the Mind 1

Explorations of the Mind 1

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Experimenting with Acrylic Paints

By Ashley, 08/16/2009 1:02 pm

Most of my recent paintings are in oil but a lot my earlier experimental work is in acrylics and mixed media. And for some of my new abstract paintings I have dug out my acrylics again as one of the benefits is it dries so quickly. This allows me to experiment with different effects and to continue working on the paintings for extended periods rather than wait for it to dry.

Still, I love working on oils and will work over the top with glazes and stumbling.

However, the question arises of is it okay the paint over acrylics with oils? Many artist do this and belive it is okay and believe that the acrylic paint is a sufficent ground to hold the oil paint. Conversely, other artists say it is not the ideal surface for oil paint. Perhaps only time will tell – probably long after we have gone! One thing I do know is I have paintings that finished fifteen years ago, that I painted oil over acrylics, and they are perfectly fine!

Another reason I have returned to acrylics, is after several conversations I had with artists whilst on holiday in Dorset. The artist I spoke to work almost exclusively with acrylics (well, actually emulsion and acrylic), mainly because they have a large turnover of work through their galleries and cater for the tourist market. Many said they did use oils for longer and more experimental work: By experimental I mean work that is not so targeted at the tourists and work that perhaps takes longer to sell.

What interested me most was the fact that they used emulsion paint with the acrylics. One artist advised me to buy the strongest red, yellow and blue I could find (or have mixed) but make sure it was a very well known brand. In their experience it worked absolutely fine. Again, I have found mixed views of using emulsion but I intend to give it a try. As long as you are honest about its use I don’t see a problem. Anyhow, it has been used by many modern artists recently in work that is highly valued. John Myatt, the famous art forger, still uses it and did so in many of his works that fooled the ‘art world’!

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Recycled Art

By Ashley, 05/12/2009 8:05 am
Recycled Art

7 days - Recycled Art

I have started producing a new series of work titled ‘recycled art’. This involves buying discarded art (often for a few quid) from charity shops and then reworking them. I keep some of the original, either by following the original composition or keeping some of the original visible.
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Mixed Media images updated

By Ashley, 04/11/2009 9:35 pm

I have updated www.ashwinstudio.co.uk with high res images of some of my earlier mixed media work. Both works andare 2d 3d works that include found objects but also oil paint – they are 3 dimensional paintings:

il paint and found objects.  Materials include; copper plate, oil, paper collage, wood, hessian and metal off cuts.

Oil paint and found objects. Materials include; copper plate, oil, paper collage, wood, hessian and metal off cuts.

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