Time for change. If you’ve been following me for any time, you’ll know I’ve been busy with exhibitions and open studios. As well as working on commissions and moving studio. I’ve also been experimenting with lino printing, paper clay and graffiti walls. It’s important to do these things and lots of fun. But it’s important to refocus on what you do best from time to time. For the Oxford College series I’m choosing images of the whole building. And it works for them… But I’ve been hankering to do something abstract and focus on architectural detail. After all the other stuff going on I decided it was time I got on and did it. So, here are some Contemporary Cloisters in Wolfson College Oxford. They’ll get the abstract treatment soon. Once I’ve masked everything… So what have you been neglecting lately?
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!
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Finishing work in time has been a struggle recently for blog posts. So I decided on something a little less ambitious for this week’s work in progress. To give me chance to catch up. For “less ambitious” read “smaller”. Here’s one of the demonstration pieces I started last week. A little more painting to do but should be ready by Saturday. (Famous last words)
Ever get talked into something you didn’t want to do? Last Monday I reluctantly agreed to caricaturing today at the Village Fete…and Beer festival. I immediately regretted saying yes but after making the commitment, I wasn’t going to back out. I may have mentioned starting my return to Art with portraits and caricatures. I love drawing faces and people and it seemed the right place to start. But I now realise that good caricaturing and portraits require a degree of performance… And I’m not a performer. Whilst I enjoy creating them and can get a likeness… I get much better results without the audience. During this time I was experimenting with all sorts of techniques. My first foray with masking produced this… It had something about it although I wanted to do more… Developing the process, I liked the results. Last year I decided focus on these abstracts and it feels right. Hence my apprehension about today. Would it be a retrograde step? Well today came, and I did it. I also enjoyed the experience and may well do it again. But I’m even more certain the decision to change direction is right. Sometimes you need to stop, reassess and […]