Toned Cyanotype No. 3. ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ 30x30cm on Arches Cotton Paper. The neutral expression of everyone’s best furry friend and confidante can seemingly take anything thrown at it. In a reflective moment, this little fella is wondering if he might not just be a tree falling in the woods. The grainy texture of Cyanotype on this paper makes me think of childhood books and has a slightly grainy lithographic feel which I am in love with. Watching these images appear and change, through the five stages of production reminds me of taking something from the Raku kiln – the sense of seeing something you’ve been working on for the first time, because science and nature have added their own hand to the piece. Addicted. X
Toned Cyanotype No.2. ‘It Wouldn’t Be Make-Believe….’ 19×24.5cm. Blue Rabbit poses for his umpteenth triumphant appearance, and for the first time in Cyanotype. We catch him in a slightly melancholy and reflective mood, and rather caught up in the drama of it all. This wonderful rabbit was made from a deep and mysterious midnight blue glove by @scruffy_crow_mends and has lived with me for very many years. He’s so dark, that he is almost a silhouette and is a joy to paint. He’s appeared in countless works over the years which have flown across the map in all directions, and has become something of an international sensation in his own right.
Penumbra. SOLD. Toned cyanotype on paper 18x25cm. Well, while my paint is drying, I’ve been deeply immersed in adapting some of my work for Cyanotype. And it’s LOVE in the first degree. Waist high in experimental permutations, and have fallen hard for Fabriano cotton paper which holds up to the very gruelling processes to which I subject it – coupled with and not least the 3 hour neat and hot espresso soak. This reacts with the iron in the pure and beautiful Prussian Blue, to give an archival and more appropriate (for MY work anyway) simmering, sepia blushed petrol blue black. I shall post here, and on my Insta @david.w.slack as pieces become available. I make these pieces by hand and eye, so each will be different, with many variations in texture, tone and expression of brushwork. #tintin #cyanotype #oilpainting #fairisle #davidwslack #prussianblue #espresso
LOOKING FOR A GOOD TIME? Dwelling 2 – oil on board 18x15cm is making it’s debut over the next three days at @jasonmichael.art ‘s always diverse and exciting pop up painting and sculpture exhibition in Rye. #davidwslack #oilonboard #lockdownpaintings
Now SOLD. This behemoth of a painting will be going to his new home soon. He’s been ‘under offer’ more times than any other painting I’ve done, but a quick measure up means that his gigantic scale – well, you’re TOO much Charlie Brown.