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All The Ancient Rocks I Ever Met (II)

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All The Ancient Rocks I Ever Met (II)
Mary Scott
Original Semi-Abstract Painting
Acrylic Paint and Gold Leaf (Silver Finish) on Board
Board size: H 30 cm x W 30 cm x D 0.5 cm
Framed size: H 33 cm x W 33 cm x 3 cm
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All The Ancient Rocks I Ever Met (II) is a contemporary acrylic painting on board by Mary Scott.

In the early part of my career, I was a geologist, and my favourite rocks were the oldest ones, more than 500 million years old. They had fascinating names like ‘breccia’, ‘agmatite’, ‘banded ironstone’ and ‘stromatolite’. Originally igneous and sedimentary rocks, they had been affected by processes involving extreme heat and pressure within the earth to create metamorphic rocks with new mineral and structural characters.
This painting started out as an abstract of shapes and layers, and some of the delicate and interesting textures were created by using pieces of collage paper which I then peeled off when the paint was starting to dry to reveal strange surfaces beneath which were reminiscent of ancient rock fragments. More layers of paint were added, and when dry, I carefully sanded off some parts to explore what lay beneath. I added glazes, and also gold leaf with a silver finish which I partly rubbed off to create ragged metallic areas, similar to minerals such as iron pyrites or ‘fool’s gold’. I really enjoyed this creative process as it seemed that every ancient rock I had ever come across was popping by to say hello! The colours I chose included blue and green sea colours as I wanted to create an abstract reminiscent of rocks on the coast, and parts of the resulting painting resemble miniature rocky landscapes.

Recalling memory and emotion of past experiences in both time and place, captured and imprinted on my mind, is very important to me when I paint. I have had a lifelong love of being immersed in ancient landscapes and wild places, enhanced by reading earth sciences at university. My approach to painting is largely intuitive. I may start out with a sense of direction, but then investigate colour, shape and textural mark-making in an open and exploratory way, building thicker and thinner layers of paint and glazes, before scraping back to discover what lies beneath. This process of revealing glimpses, half-hidden things and curious marks develops contrasts between the ancient permanence of rock formations, landscapes developing through time, and the present and future possibilities of the elements above.
Based in Shipton-under-Wychwood in the Cotswolds, in 2020-21, I am excited to be heading regularly to St Ives in Cornwall where I will be taking part in the year-long mentored Porthmeor Programme at the School of Painting.

Size: H:33 cm x W:33 cm

Mary Scott artist with Wychwood Art. Mary Scott comments "I have had a lifelong love of being immersed in ancient landscapes and wild places, enhanced by reading earth sciences at university which led to opportunities in my early career to study rocks and landforms both in the UK and abroad. I now enjoy using a variety of mixed media, mainly acrylic paints with inks, charcoal and pencil, to produce semi-abstract landscapes. I particularly enjoy exploring contrasts of colour and light between the ancient solid rock and landscape, and the ever-changing wild energy of sea and sky. My approach to painting is largely intuitive and spontaneous. I may start out with a sense of direction, but then investigate colour, shape and textural mark-making in an open and exploratory way through the course of building thicker and thinner layers of paint and glazes, before scraping back to discover what lies beneath. This process of revealing glimpses, half-hidden things and curious marks helps to develop contrasts between the ancient permanence of rock formations, landscapes developing through time, and the present and future possibilities of the elements above. Recalling memory, experience and emotion of special places, captured and imprinted on my mind, I am also drawn to new discoveries. In the last few years, I have been particularly inspired by the energy of the wild cliffs and coves of the north coast of Cornwall, and return there regularly, always coming away refreshed and invigorated by its dramatic beauty in every season. Following training in collage and acrylic/mixed media painting with teachers here in the Cotswolds, I have engaged in international web-enabled art courses during Covid-19. During late 2020 and 2021, I am excited to be heading down each month to St Ives to take up my place on the year-long mentored Porthmeor Programme at the School of Painting." Mary Scott artist is shown in Wychwood Art gallery and online . Please call 07799 535 765 or email deborah@wychwoodart.com .

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