What’s that? I hear you say. 49 50 what? Excited to reveal the first of my big plans for 2018. Don’t you just love that sense of the new that January brings? Inspired by my Artist friend Alexandra Buckle who did a 50 print challenge last year I’ve decided to embark or my own version of a 50 painting challenge. The aim is to complete 50 paintings by 31st December 2018. It’s going to be called 49 50 – Paintings of Architectural Aspects Or 49 50 Challenge for short. All the paintings will be 7″ x 7″ – I did think about working in cm but inches worked better as it gives me 49 square inches. Which helps with the title 49/50. I’m keeping them small so I can paint more frequently. Something I’m missing with the big pieces. They’re lovely to do but painting sessions are spaced out. I also plan on sharing them with you as they’re created and will share them on the blog after that. The focus will be Architectural details so I can use the advantages of the larger work but hone in on specifics. Planning this I wrote a list of all the details […]
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. […]
Here’s the finished pigeon painting. I still think I need to work on the title. Everything I can think of sounds cheesy except for ‘Crossing the Thames’. I’m pleased how he gets lost in the river Thames. Like an ornithologist’s version of “Where’s Wally?” .