Manchester is often on my mind. All month I’ve been working on paintings inspired by the city. Focusing on my home city already, it’s impossible for me not to say something about the atrocious attack on Monday. My thoughts and prayers are obviously with those directly involved. No words I can say will ever be enough. I cannot begin to comprehend what they must be feeling and going through. May you be surrounded by love and supported in your grief. I hope that you receive all you need to recover from injuries and adjust to new circumstances. I’ve never been more proud of Manchester and my fellow Mancunians. They have responded with such dignity and love. Evident in the immediate aftermath of the incident, and beyond. It’s impossible to think of the Monday assault without feeling personally attacked. Those are the streets I first wandered. The shops where I expanded my record collection and bought my clothes. Trivial things, perhaps, but normal life. My education was there, my family and friends are still there. My ancestors helped build the city. That innocent people, especially children, were hurt in my home city would be as unthinkable to them as it is to […]
Inspiring Artists can create art out of anything! So why do some go overboard when buying art materials? When all they need is at hand? Try simplifying, only a few basic items are required. Sometimes, just the one. What about using some paper? or, if you must, pick up a book for inspiration. Sharpen your pencil… After all, who doesn’t love a bit of pencil art? And, if you want to create a collage,.. … You’ll need some Scissors… And when you’ve finished your creation you’ll need to display it.. What better way than stapling it to the wall? You see, you don’t need a lot to be an inspiring artist! Want to see some inspiring artists with their work? You might want to check out this post. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
Understanding Modern Art is challenging It can leave you wondering what on earth is going on? I have a confession. I’ve always found understanding modern art confusing! There, I’ve said it! First of all, Modern and Contemporary Art are not the same thing. The terms are often confused, but not the same. Modern art is work created from around 1860’s to 1970’s. Contemporary Art is work created after that time. Technically any artist alive and creating today is a Contemporary artist. Their work might be considered more traditional in style,but they are still contemporary artists. There is more to Modern Art than what you see. I always zoned out during art history. I was disinterested. All those names, dates, formal artwork. Maybe it was the teacher or just me? But before mid 19th century, art seemed fusty, I liked the Pre-Raphaelites. Mainly through spending hours at Manchester Art Gallery. Van Gogh was interesting but then the 20th Century stuff was just playing, wasn’t it? All that dripping paint and squares and splodges of colour. But there are rules and theories behind what you see. Cubism is the presentation of more than one side at a time, good abstracts have rules […]
Can a gift change your life? Some gifts have a value far more than money, but we don’t always know it at the time. Now that Christmas has passed and the gifts we’ve received are being used, consumed, played with etc. We may treasure them or use them routinely even thoughtlessly or forget about them completely. I wonder how many of them will change our lives in any way/ Christmas 1976 I was given a present that I treasured and used at the time. I didn’t realise quite how much it was going to shape my life when it kickstarted my career as an artist in 2009. What was it? A maths set, this Math’s set. It was, and still is a treasured possession.
The Houses of Parliament are synonymous with London. The image of “Big Ben” is the first image that comes to mind when London is mentioned. It’s actually Elizabeth Tower – Big Ben is the bell that marks the hour but some names stick. The Home of the first Parliament… its historic signifiance as well as iconic appearance make it an essential inclusion into a collection of paintings about London. I chose a view from above to reflect the notion of God given power. The members of the House of Commons are elected to the position and are therefore under the control of the population. Well that’s the theory… in reality Parliament is susceptible to corruptions as is any organisation comprising of people. Alliances and influences occur and once elected the ministers are free to act as their consciense dictates. One assumes they will abide by a higher ethical code and at least by the laws of the land. Sadly this is not always the case. There are flaws, yes, but it is still the best system we have for electing members. Prior to the suffragette movement half the population were disenfranchised and it wasn’t all that long before when the majority of […]
Do you use the term contemporary or Modern Art When referring to the current art scene? I know many artist friends use Contemporary or modern equally and you’d be forgiven for thinking they are the same. But not so… I’ve been painting Lady Margaret Hall or LMH It’s very much a Victorian building. Another of the pieces I’ve done for the Modern face of Oxford Commission. Although it feels like modern is pushing it to my mind. This is where I am so far… We could start a contemporary or modern art debate… and go on for hours… Yes, there is a difference. Confused? Until 5 years ago I was blissfully unaware that Contemporary or modern art could be differentiated. Until I decided to look them up and found clear distinctions between the two genres but, more than that, it’s open to interpretation and debate. Partly fueled by confusion, the various meanings of the two words and an implied understanding in common usage. Words is all they are, And yet so much more is implied. Like the terms “art” and “artist” Their use is commonplace but the definitions have evolved into a myriad different strands. But I found this useful […]