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Heat Drenched

Heat Drenched

Penelope Somerville

Engraved float glass, paint, stain, enamel I have worked directly on to the glass translating the spontaneity of mark and intensity of colour of the sketches and paintings that I did in the heat of the summer in Tuscany last year. I have been very inspired by Kandinsky"s reverse glass” paintings - and I wanted to achieve a similar sense of luminosity and painterly rich colour added to transparency. The sketches were done at the end of my stay where the melancholic atmosphere of the dying sunflowers matched my own sense of sadness at having to leave and face another winter in Britain! Having worked full time as programme leader of the Architectural Glass Department at the North Wales School of Art and Design there has been little time to develop major glass projects. I turned to painting and drawing - almost as a desertion from glass! I seem to have turned a full circle - exploring ways of translating the immediacy of responding to the landscape with a sketchbook to return to the vagaries of glass, finding new ways of expression through the use of enamels, pigments and engraving. This lends itself to small-scale projects, and I now look forward to finding ways of working to a larger scale, and more site specifically.

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