Does September make you feel like new beginnings? There’s a feeling of new beginnings. Maybe it’s because I still have children at school or past memories of starting a new school term in September, but things always seem to change around now. This year even more so. A number of exciting developments happened recently. A new commercial commission which requires me to go to Hanover. Details to follow. I got to tour Battersea Power Station, and take lots of photos, so expect some new work from that. I’ve been negotiating and finalising details of various exhibitions, including a Charity Ball in Manchester, a Corporate event in London and another Solo exhibition in October next year. After all that, studio time has been extremely precious lately. I’ve been challenged to create paintings that can be displayed without being glazed. I had 2 options, one paper stuck onto board and the other board treated with watercolour ground. I’ve finished the two paintings which were intended for the Frosts Exhibition. Here’s the London Eye Painting. (paper stuck to board) The second picture is of the Barbican’s Conservatory. (plywood treated with watercolour ground) Initially, I wasn’t happy with the dark area at the top. […]
Do you need inspiration to create? I’m often asked where I find my inspiration. The short answer is everywhere. There’s a marvelous line from Chuck Close “Inspiration is for Amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” People tell me how they only paint when they are inspired. The trouble with this idea is that inspiration can come at anytime, and if you don’t capture the idea at the time, it’s lost. Ever laid in bed at night and come up with a fantastic idea, only to have forgotten it in the morning? Or, how about this you have a fantastic idea, and try to create it, but it just doesn’t come out as well as you imagine it should? Then you’re discouraged and do nothing for months? In other words, you either fail to capture the moment or the execution fails and you give up. Creativity is like running a marathon. You have to train and eat well for months before the big day. Miss the odd day and you’ll probably be OK. Start running on the day of the marathon and you’ll fail. The secret to inspiration is to keep doing. The more you […]
Ever buy something and then get home and realise it doesn’t go anywhere? You know how it is, you find something you adore and perhaps spend more than you ought, only to find it doesn’t quite fit in with what you’ve already got. Don’t Panic, all may not be lost! Let the art inspire a room makeover. Let art inspire a room and you create something new and exciting. Let me tell you about a gentleman I encountered at an Art Fair a few years ago. We were discussing how people often buy art so that it fits in a room. He agreed then recalled an impulse buy he’d made a few years earlier. A purple vase, a particularly beautiful purple vase he couldn’t resist. He bought it and took it home and as soon as he started to unwrap it he began to regret his impulsiveness. It clashed with the room. It was modern, the rest of the decor was more classic. The colours jarred. He was almost resigned to hiding it away in a cupboard but he looked at it again and was seduced by its beauty. It was an expensive piece. Maybe he could make this work? […]
For any blogger, inspiring blogs are essential reading. These 4 are a source I visit regularly. For advice on the creative process and motivation 1- The 99 Percent Motivation for the creative Entrepreneur or team member. For ways to improve my writing 2- Copyblogger Always worth a read. I’m learning so much new stuff. For Art Business Advice 3- ArtBizBlog.com For practical advice in an easy to digest format. Finally for a creative burst and a chance to be Wowed… 4- This is Colossal Full of wonderful things like this! By far and away my favourite. I could lose myself for hours here. So many talented people and projects all in one space. I know there are others, so do you have any suggestions? Save
Do you ever struggle keeping on task? Or want to quit? This week everything seems to be keeping me away from my art. This is when I look for inspiration in the amazing stories of people who overcome adversity. People who keep on doing what they love in spite of obstacles. I’m a music lover… And, the story of Tony Iommi is inspiring! Tony’s band are Black Sabbath. And his career as the lead guitarist was taking off. So he quit his job in a factory to concentrate on playing full time. On his very last day at work he had an accident. Losing the tips of 2 of his fingers. Now unable to reach the strings to play chords, he could easily have stopped playing. But he didn’t quit! Restringing his guitar with lighter stings and making finger extensions so he could reach the strings… Tony carried on playing! He’s is now considered one of the finest guitarists in the world! Listen to him play and you’ll see why! It’s easy to give up when things get in the way. To make excuses and we feel better… for a little while. But it’s important to remind ourselves that. If […]
Ever see a complete work of art and think something’s missing? What makes art great? It’s an elusive quality. We praise the skill involved, the complexity of details, brushwork, technique and a whole raft of other things. But sometimes what’s left out can add more to a piece than what is included. I was reminded of that seeing this Anthony Green piece at the London Art Fair. The power of minimalism is just that. Finding the minimum needed to make an impact and adding nothing more. Our extraordinary brains enable us to fill in gaps. Through positioning and outline the effect is achieved. Looking at this we can see a head! Even though we know it’s not there… Discovering the Unmask Group on Colossal wowed me even more! Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei make up this talented group. They are transforming three dimensional space with these Dissolving sculptures! With style… And here’s a close up! See more of their work on This is Colossal So, you see, sometimes leaving things out isn’t lazy… It’s creative! And seeing Art like this makes me want to be lazy, I mean creative too. Are you with me?