Marion Jones on painting 

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‘Textures and colours form edges and planes and pastel, oil, graphite and acrylic, both work against each other and bleed into each other.’ ~ Marion Jones

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Marion Jones on painting

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“I like the paintings to be smooth and flat and play with opposites. Transparency and opaqueness, glossy and matt surfaces, drawing and painting, line and plane and surfaces that change and are visible as the light changes.” ~ Marion Jones

Marion Jones on colour, paint and painting

Marion Jones; colour, paint and painting

“I usually buy my supports from wherever I can find them at a reasonable price. I like the midrange ones but sometimes buy the economy ones and stick two together. I use 12oz canvas and give it one coat of rabbit skin glue. I prefer this to shop primed canvases because I like the way that the paint bleeds/stains the canvas. I sometimes prime sections of the canvas before or during a painting with household emulsion or sometimes paint the back of the canvas to prevent the paint seeping into the canvas too much. I like the paintings to be smooth and flat and play with opposites. Transparency and opaqueness, glossy and matt surfaces, drawing and painting, line and plane and surfaces that change and are visible as the light changes.
My palette changes, it used to be various olive greens and pinks but I began to use colours that I found difficult to use like bright yellow lake and a very light, white emerald green or baby blue or Indian yellow and bright green. Lots of blues and greens and back to Indian red and golden green at the moment.
I use oil paint but combine it with anything else that I have in the studio, graphite, house paint, acrylic, wax, Liquitex spray paint etc. I use any oil paint but like Windsor and Newton Golden Green and Olive Green, I like the way that olive green can look like black and green gold has that yellow colour when mixed with white. Michael Harding Ultramarine and Indian Yellow are great. I like paints that really stain the canvas. I have recently bought lots of pigments from Fitzpatrick on Cambridge Heath Road and mix them with varying amounts of linseed oil and stand oil.
I paint in layers, one colour or one material or process at a time and usually work on a series of paintings at one time. I sometimes make lists of things that I don’t want to include in a painting and always go back to looking at the work of other artists but Raoul De Keyser, Ryman, Prunella Clough, Duccio are some of my favourites but I also look at the work of living artists.
While I try not to overwork the larger canvases, I also paint on khardi paper at the same time and am usually more experimental and less precious with these. I rub out lots of layers and spend a lot of time trying to resolve problems.
The structure of the canvas supports provide the starting point for the paintings at the moment, which get distorted or developed by the drips, layers, etc. as the painting progresses. The compositions are largely organic and somewhat unpredictable but all relate in some way to the canvas structure.“ ~ Marion Jones

Marion currently has work in Colourswatch at Espacio Gallery 159 Bethnal Green Road, London E27G2, until the 17 June, 2014.

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