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
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.
And now for something completely different. My sketching habits have slipped by the wayside recently, so I’ve decided to take part in InkTober, an initiative to encourage regular sketching. The idea is to create a sketch a day or one a week. I find challenging myself helps with motivation. So I’ll share my sketches here as I do them. I still plan to post my regular new work posts, so this will be something extra. Please note, these will be sketches and not fully worked up drawings. In other words, there will be errors, but that’s the beauty of sketches, they are raw and spontaeous, and not always accurate. I fully intended to start Inkober on day 1, but stuff happened, so I’m a little behind. Here is my first ink sketch, done during my son’s Japanese lesson this morning. We meet the tutor in Costa, so I tend to have a coffee and a read or sketch while I’m waiting… It’s a hard life innit? If you fancy joining me you can find out more about InkTober here. Or maybe you’ve set yourself another challenge?
Don’t you just love surprises? I had a lovely one this week. The wonderful people at Empty Easel have included me as a featured artist with an article written by Cassie Rief. As an artist you tend to speak in a visual language As a result, reflecting your thoughts in words can be more difficult. It’s always an interesting exercise to see how others describe your work. Sometimes it can be harsh and humbling. So it comes as a joy to see others enthuse about your work. I love the section “When you walk the same streets every day, they can become redundant. You stop observing the sights, and instead, turn your focus on each cement block in the sidewalk as you pass them by. Catching a Tram from the Library take this seemingly routine moment and makes it an adventure again!” Attempting to convey your ideas verbally can sometimes be an uphill struggle, so to see another accurately describing the features you laboured over in a way that conveys your intention precisely is a huge bonus. There’s an overwhelming feeling of “Yeah, she gets my work!” Other people can hit on something, you’re aware of at a conscious or […]
Is it “cheating” to trace when creating a painting? I’ve always resisted the urge to trace images from photographs but recently I’ve been wondering why. Lots of artists do it. Does it really matter if I haven’t painstakingly rendered my subject in pencil before the painting process begins? Is it less of an artform if I do? The dream and vision are still there. Some artists don’t even create there own paintings – take Damian Hurst’s famous spot paintings, he’s only done 25 out of 1,365 himself. It’s something of a personal dilemma. There’s a part of me that says if I haven’t drawn freehand the value of the work is somehow less. How? I’m not sure, but less all the same. I don’t have any arguments to support it, it’s just how my mind works. But I’m finding my reticence worn down. The reason for my quandry is I want to paint more. I spend many hours on the pencil sketch and masking but only an hour or two maximum actually painting. And that’s the fascinating part I want to do more of. I’d also like to be able to offer small architectural works. The time I’d need to […]