Did you know Abstract paintings are often based on reality? Most people see abstract paintings as a series of random marks, but if you spend any time looking you’ll realise many are more representational than you imagine. You could argue that any form of painting is an abstract in that it has taken an object and made something of it that’s not the real thing. Depending in what you define as a “real thing”. A photograph might look like a building but you can’t live in it. So which is real? They both exist in reality but you couldn’t pass the photograph off as a genuine building. Google’s definition of Abstract is “relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.” That’s one of many definitions. The trouble is, there’s a very fluid line between reality and abstraction and it could fuel many hours of debate, which I don’t have time for here. Another time, perhaps. Personally I waver between the 2 ends of the spectrum. Abstracts allow you to play with rules and perceptions whereas the more representational angle paints what you see. […]
On the last day of the year, I’m sharing 12 paintings One for each month of 2016 to sum up the year. January – Not your usual Wedding Month. But I’ve always done my own thing, and, yes, I did get married in January. A good few years ago now though. This is one of my first creations completed in 2016. Read about it here. February – a painting destined for greatness Retrospectives are always interesting as things sometimes take on a significance that can be completely unexpected. Like this painting from February. First I wrote about its creation It certainly attracted a lot of attention, even then, but Lean on Me was destined for great things. It got me a place in “Landscape Artist of the Year” back in April, although I couldn’t talk about it until October. when Heat 1 was shown on Sky Arts Sadly I didn’t get any further but was happy to have got through in the first place. Here’s how I got on. March – the signs were there Another one which went onto great things was Ancient Signs which was one of 3 selected for the Society of Women Artist’s Summer exhibition at […]
Ever get an earworm? I’m convinced most come from some subconscious association. Like this week’s painting, when I was looking at 2 of my favourite London buildings. I often play with angles when I’m taking my reference photographs, and, in this one, the buildings seem to lean on each other. When I noticed the Cheesegrater supporting the Gherkin. I was reminded of this Bill Withers song. “Lean on Me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.” It’s a beautiful lyric, and one that often comes to my mind in tough situations. In fact the whole song is an anthem to the concept of mutual support. Since then I haven’t been able to think of a title I like more. Some details during the paintings stages. Here, the painting is complete and it’s ready to have all the masking fluid removed. . And the Inspiring Architecture Painting that resulted from that earworm looks like this… Next week I have some video for you. And, if you enjoy this post, then please share it? Save
Last weeks work in progress is taking longer to dry than anticipated. New studio + no heating+ outside temperature is dropping = slow drying So in the meantime, I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been thinking about doing some prints and working on textured application of the ink for a while now. The first thing to do is a print plate. So lino cutting it is. The block is progressing well. I’ll post the first prints next week sometime. And the finished Marylebone picture, of course! Watch this space…
Procrastination – king of my agenda. Well, it has this week. Studio time lacking and at times none existent. Other stuff taking over. Like travelling about the country delivering work. Rickmansworth and Manchester and today it’s Milton Keynes moving back into Fringe MK. Then the family things with school’s back this week. Despite that I have made some progress in pencil. It’s an inside…ish view of 30 St Mary’s Axe or Foster’s Gherkin as it’s colloquially known. Norman Foster’s award winning design and a personal favourite. It was done in stages. I read a useful tip. Make yourself do 10 minutes with permission to stop when you have. It’s amazing how much further you get once you actually start. I’m now off to beat procrastination and finish it! “Ten minutes” at a time… So why not try it yourself? Aim to do 10 minutes and see how much you actually get done. You’ll surprise yourself!
There’s a saying “Life is what happens when you’re planning what to do!” Last week was a bit like that. I was in London on Monday to go to the Houses of Parliament! You might remember? Backstory- last November at Bafa’s annual competition! The one where I was announced as runner up, then it was withdrawn? John Bercow, our local MP and Speaker at the House of Commons,was officiating and offered the winners an opportunity to sketch at the Speaker’s House! Cut to 3 weeks ago, this hadn’t happened due to illness! After various phone calls, discussions and internal ranglings, I was asked on Thursday if I’d like to go! I’m the Publicity Officer after all! Well what would you say? Refuse to go out of principle and spite; or grab the opportunity with both hands? I chose the latter! Last Monday (23rd) the group met outside Westminster Tube station and had the security checks at Portcullis House. After taking 3 photographs, I was told photography wasn’t allowed. Ooops! But they let me keep my camera –plus images… As a Brit, where guns are not commonplace, so armed guards were unnerving. Somehow, they did NOT make me feel safe! We […]