Magie Luff BA Hons

Painter

www.magieluff.co.uk

My work is a response what I see. Sometimes the abstract shapes formed by light and shadow or the plain areas in the subject inspire me to distort and rearrange the image. I look at a subject and think  “ that is beautiful” , but I know I do not have the skill to imitate it exactly, so I adapt the image, changing colours and rearranging form, adding my own design to the painting until I find a balance that I feel works. Not realistic, but a more colourful and playful experience.

I gain knowledge of the subject by sketching first, getting to understand the form and problems, sometimes taking photographs. Having carefully studied the subject makes it easier in my mind how I want to work. I do not work from photos alone as it is not possible to get a true feeling of relative space and depth of field, but they are a useful reference.

Then I paint directly onto the canvas or paper. I work very quickly, an immediate response rather than a conscious plan. My work favours still life because of it’s accessibility.

Flowers in antique jug. Won the presidents cup 2011 at Seaton Arts society. Acrylic on board.
Flowers in antique jug. Won the presidents cup 2011 at Seaton Arts society. Acrylic on board.

 

Still Life 1
Still life with jug and fruit.
Still Life amryils with lemon and apples
Still life amerylis with lemon and apples