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The Artist’s Notebook

Paul Watson’s notes on ongoing artwork, giving an insight into the creative process.

Rules of Buying Art

By Paul Watson on .

The consensus amongst artists I’ve spoken to is that British people very rarely buy original artwork. It seems to be a particularly British thing: in general people in the US and continental Europe seem much more open to buying original artwork they like. There are numerous theories about…

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Photographs taken from the edge of the wood at midnight

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Photographs taken from the edge of the wood at midnight is the title I finally decided on for my set of 4 photographs (taken at various shoots between 2013 and 2015). Like many things, it came to me as an off-hand remark that later coalesced into the best title for the set. The set contains…

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Women’s voices in Folk Horror and Landscape (Part 1)

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I’ve been going through a number of my blog posts on the subject of the Folk-Horror/Landscape thing that often gets shortened to the “English Eerie” and I noticed a distinct lack of women’s voices - with just a couple of exceptions all the sources I cited or quoted were from male authors. This…

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The Moss Figure

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The “Moss Figure” is an image that’s been haunting my mind since I was a child. The original inspiration was a reproduction of a Cibachrome print by Veruschka Forest-piece at Schnaitsee, Performance I, 1972 which I saw in a newspaper’s Sunday supplement magazine as an 8-year-old boy.…

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The English Eerie (slight return)

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The discussion of the Eerie continues to grow, mainly on Twitter and blogs, but also in the real world. In Oxford next month there’s Spectral Landscapes: Explorations of the English Eerie which is an evening of: …film and discussion showcasing the recent work of Adam Scovell, whose collaborative…

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