Marco Corsini Art

Art and Life

Still learning to fly

Marco Corsini work in progress 27-4-16After a few dead ends which I can’t bring myself to show you, the painting is beginning to get some momentum.

The figure has been overlaid with a baby and a wing, while another wing appears on the lower left side. I’m enjoying the freedom to layer images and ideas without feeling the need to resolve them yet. My technique is very painterly with enough medium to keep the paint flowing and sometimes even more medium to create a transparent glaze.

I like the juncture of the legs and the wing which reminds me of the myth of Icarus, with which I have been fascinated since I was a child.

Why the baby? I thought it would be quite powerful if there was a baby looking out at us at that point in the painting. I have also wanted to paint babies floating over water for a very long time but never did. I don’t know how it connects to the rest of the painting but I will find that out as I work the painting up and discover other connections.


Watch that form on the right

Marco Corsini work on progress 24-3-16


By observing the development of the top right hand shape or form, you can see how I am adjusting the composition. I have placed the image from my work yesterday above and some previous versions below. From last week to this week ,this form has gradually shrunk and then moved to the edge. The main hanging form has also shrunk to the left and become more resolved. The fire which began as a few strokes of white paint has moved to the left and become larger. If I can sort most of the composition out now then it will be less work for me later.

I’m also thinking a lot about tone at this stage and how it impacts the overall composition. For example I have darkened the bottom left hand corner so as to get the observing eye (being directed down by the strong verticals on the left) to swing from the left bottom corner back to the fire. In turn, the central hanging form catches the eye leads it up and to the left, where it is directed down by the trees. A little visual loop which will be joined by a loop through the figure later. The form on the upper right echoes the central form and directs out of that rectangular shape of the background landscape back into the painting, it is getting close but may not be fully resolved until the figure and background are painted.

A quick note that the figure is hovering over a river, now with one foot splashing in the water. The fire also sits on the water. The forms in the air are taken from drying tents that are hanging. I’ll write more about my inspiration soon.

The river is being painted mainly in transparent glazes, using medium, while the upper foliage and sky is being painted with mainly opaque paint and less medium. All the rest is  mix of both approaches. Some parts of the edge of the river are reminding me of the work of Paul Cézanne, of who I am big fan. Although interesting to see this quotation appear it was not intended and is probably a direct result of the big brush strokes and technique that I am using at this stage.

Marco Corsini work on progress 18-3-16


Marco Corsini work on progress 16-3-16

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Learning to fly

Marco Corsini, work in progress, 7-2-16

I’ve just begun laying out an initial underpainting. It’s made up of several elements having begun with an image from photo of a river and large rocks, where we camped and swam last summer. Then I painted the images of tents that were hanging to dry (the blue) after that trip and the pencil pines which line one side of our back garden (top left). The figures were then added from my imagination. Whereas most of my work of the last years would have the figure grounded,  I want these and all the other elements to be more like collage although with careful consideration of how they all fit together. As with my little experiment of the vase a few weeks ago, I would like to push the fracturing of the space further and the range of technique also. Hopefully this also gives the possibility of developing the concept and narrative a bit further.

I’ve used oils with a mix of 3/4 mineral spirits as the solvent and 1/4 stand oil although it was all done in a flurry so that ratio might have varied. Rather than just one colour, I used a limited palette of Raw Umber, French Ultramarine, Ochre/Raw Sienna and a cool red. These were what had been left on my palette, so not a lot of planning there. The river is fairly limited in colour but complex so a little colour helps differentiate the forms at an early stage.

This is the first time I have documented my process so it will become clear how many changes a work can go through. At this point I will begin working up everything apart from the figures and use a model to paint the figure properly once I am sure of the composition.
















Recent experiments

Marco Corsini work in progress 4 22-2-16 (1)Marco Corsini work in progress 3 22-2-16.JPGThe two works above are a result of my new year’s decision to play for a period of time. I have enjoyed working in a more painterly, looser manner as I try to let go of what I was working on last year (Odd Nerdrum inspired space and textures) and allowing myself to breath new ideas into the work. These works are painted from objects on a little table I set up in the studio. In this case a vase, seaweed fragment and then a figurine.

I like painting from life, it allows me to paint what I see and I tend to do this more naturally and fluidly than if I use a photographic image. I don’t find myself second guessing the photo for colour, distortions or how space ‘would’ have looked. I know I won’t always be able to work without a photo but it really helps if I don’t.

The image of the vase plays with space quite loosely, allowing the objects to sit in the composition in an irregular way that is geared towards how the objects are perceived in space. The objects float in and out of focus, or become more or less painterly dependant on how they sits together overall. I would like to bring these qualities into my existing work although when I look back, similar elements have been slipping into the work for a long time as you can see in the three works below. Perhaps then, I am reverting back to what has been an interest all along.


Marco Corsini, He doesn't want play today, 2013, pencil on paper, 57 cm. x 76 cm.

He doesn’t want play today, 2013, pencil on paper, 57 cm. x 76 cm.

Marco Corsini, Kinkerstraat, 2006-14, Oil on canvas,100 cm. x 100 cm.

Kinkerstraat, 2006-14, Oil on canvas,100 cm. x 100 cm.

Marco Corsini, A Thousand Suggestions, Mixed media on paper, 76 cm. x 57 cm.

A Thousand Suggestions, Mixed media on paper, 76 cm. x 57 cm.



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