earth, water and flame

Midwinter Spring -“its own season ( T.S. Eliot)”, has its own season on Bodmin Moor, and each of these three paintings carries fragment, history, memory, sense of place, spirit and trace of other. Water from a stream by the studio is mixed with soluble oil paint and…

earth contains fragments of earth from the moor

earth, copyright Philip Bennetta 01/01/2020

water has a stream-water wash, between paint layers

water copyright Philip Bennetta 01/01/2020

flame carries ash from Christmas Day fire-pit flame

flame copyright Philip Bennetta 01/01/2020

Colouring Christmas

Colouring Christmas is a meditation, to do with music, love, nature, fire and the human spirit. Made on Christmas day 2019, with found winter colour from Siblyback Lake in Cornwall and original music played on the Egyptian Oud.

and a peaceful New Year to you all from Cornwall

and then the film…

Following on from the poetry pamphlet Yn Mis Hedre/In October, here is a new short film to do with the art making process, which includes a reading of the poem in English and Cornish, together with music on bouzouki. I hope you like it. Thank you for viewing:

all sewn up…

The latest pamphlet, in the Poem by Post project, is all sewn up. [please see under ARTISTSPRESS, on this site, for project details]

With Thanks to Jerry for translating the work into the Cornish language and to Susan for her sensitive pencil drawing. Here’s the final stitch…

sewing the final pamphlet
all pamphlet making and sewing complete, with envelopes
artwork (detail)
number 15 of 15

lifting the wraps…

Our work at the Old Paraffin Store, St Anthony Head, earlier this year essentially sold out. We return next year 7th – 14th May.

However, there were some experimental cyanotypes, which at the time we did not put up for sale and whilst they are not “regular” examples, I do love them for their happy-accidentness ( maybe why I was keeping them under wraps, with thanks to Sam who prompted the (re)search for them…)

I also came across two pieces from our 2017 residency, bringing back memories of the site and the hundreds of lovely folk who came to see what we were up to, over the past three years.

one way or another…

as a triptych, hung horizontally

as a triptych, hung vertically

The work is inspired by ongoing research, to do the juxtaposition of found wire(mesh), sea and stone; movement, stillness, flashes of light.

So here they are hung horizontally and vertically. They could also be hung with spacing or as individual works (see earlier posting).

They are painted in water mixable oil paint and pigment, currently my mediums of choice, offering a flat and fat surface that can be delicately over-painted and cut into. I masked up the sides/edges of the canvases prior to painting so as to emphasis a boundary/ other dimension.

paintings: 50,51,52

Sea & Stone research: following several weeks of thought and digital experiments on how to resolve three paintings, an unexpected day in the studio due to intense and sustained rainfall, brought out the bright red pigment and oil; a triptych (?)

© 50,  oil on canvas, Philip Bennetta, 2019
© 51, oil on canvas, Philip Bennetta, 2019
© 52 oil on canvas, Philip Bennetta, 2019


We’ve only been back a couple of days 
bring on another retreat…

Filmed and recorded inside a straw bale barn, overlooking the apple orchard, at Cotna Barton Eco Retreat, Gorran Churchtown, Cornwall during a day of sustaining August rain…

work in progress

three paintings arising from sea & stone research

© 50 oil on canvas and digital Philip Bennetta, 2019
© 51 oil on canvas and digital Philip Bennetta, 2019
© 52 oil on canvas and digital Philip Bennetta, 2019

Triple Storm

(…Curled in the Triple Storm where Love reposes.

from The Inner Gold by Jean Mambrino, translated by Jonathan Griffin)

three years of redaction, scraping back, adding layers and cutting through…

© Triple Storm, painting, oil on canvas (1 m x 1 m) Philip Bennetta, 2019