Is it possible to do everything? The answer of course is No… …and yet we still try. I’ve a strong desire to try my hand at new things. And there is nothing wrong with trying new things. To avoid the new is to stagnate and fail to grow as an artist and an individual. Learning a new skill can motivate and energise your work. But, it can also send you off in a tangental direction. One which curtails the full development of your current practice. So that potentially great work will never be created. Finding the balance is difficult. There comes a time in your life when you realise you can’t do everything! As a teenager I was keen to learn every technique going. I’m far more selective now. Yes, I want to learn new things, but not at the expense of my achievements so far. No matter how interesting or exciting, there is only so much one person can study effectively. Jack of all trades master of none! That’s true in any profession! In art it means that much as you might want to master oil paint. The hours of study might be better spent improving your blending skills […]
Do you have times when inspiration is NOT the problem? You have masses of great ideas but you’re still not getting things done. Why? You lack focus. The trouble is you want to do them all! NOW! It’s a specific form of Procrastination which can result in the Blank Canvas Syndrome. I.e. staring at the canvas not wanting to start. So, what do you do? First of all, write them all down immediately! Never waste precious ideas for you may never have them again. Trust me you’ll thank me for that one. Avoid the agony of hours trying to recall an idea you had last night – only to find it’s gone forever. Once you have them safely recorded you have several options. Start at the top of the list and work down. You can do that, can’t you? NO? OK… Look down the list and see if one sings out to you. Do that one! Still not working? Are there any that you can’t start now? If not why not? Put them to the side for now. Concentrate on pieces for which you have what you need to start now. If there’s only one, do it! Need to write a […]
Ever see a complete work of art and think something’s missing? What makes art great? It’s an elusive quality. We praise the skill involved, the complexity of details, brushwork, technique and a whole raft of other things. But sometimes what’s left out can add more to a piece than what is included. I was reminded of that seeing this Anthony Green piece at the London Art Fair. The power of minimalism is just that. Finding the minimum needed to make an impact and adding nothing more. Our extraordinary brains enable us to fill in gaps. Through positioning and outline the effect is achieved. Looking at this we can see a head! Even though we know it’s not there… Discovering the Unmask Group on Colossal wowed me even more! Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei make up this talented group. They are transforming three dimensional space with these Dissolving sculptures! With style… And here’s a close up! See more of their work on This is Colossal So, you see, sometimes leaving things out isn’t lazy… It’s creative! And seeing Art like this makes me want to be lazy, I mean creative too. Are you with me?
Anatomical study is essential for drawing figures. Many careers require the study of anatomy. Art being but one. However, access to materials is sometimes difficult. And sometimes people are just plain squeamish. Anatomy can be really difficult to understand, especially in text books. But, never mind, the solution is here… 3D Paper models First the Skeleton! This one is cardboard. And even has all the origins and insertions conveniently named. Much better than your real skeleton. And strike a pose! We had one of these, but sadly Cedric is no longer with us…sniff! Anyway, I digress… You may need to see internal structures in detail…. This wonderful torso I found on This is collosal What about muscle structure? Try this! Or maybe some surface surface anatomy? The last 2 images are by Bert Simons and you can find more here, including full figures! There you are! Not an iccy, bloody, squidgy, smelly thing in sight! Sorry, Why are you turning green? So, do you know any other essential “study aids”?
Do you know when to finish a painting? The answer seems obvious, but so often it isn’t. Sometimes you draw a few lines then freeze… because what you see is perfect. You know to add more would be to loose the primitive charm and energy. My personal dilemma is usually at this stage of a painting… I want to leave it as is! Look closely and you’ll see the texture. I want to preserve these masked lines covered with paint. I’ve tried to recreate them with other substances, but they don’t work out the same. So, why not leave them then? Well…I could, but they’re so fragile. And lift at the slighted provocation. They simply would not last. So the search continues for an alternative… And in the meantime, I still like the finished results! So how do you know when a painting is finished? Many a painting has been ruined by overworking. And others by stopping too soon. I truth there is only one answer… Quite simply, when YOU say it is! Only YOU will know. Although many others may offer opinions! But what if you’re not sure? Then leave it alone! Prop it up in a prominent location. […]
Today I’m sharing something different… For a while I’ve been toying with the idea of creating some video based on my artwork. This is my first attempt. Based on 6 images I created during Bucks open Studios. Creating each one using the same masked circle centre. Then painting with exactly the same colours and actions. The main picture is number 5. But as you can see the results are completely different. I then tweeked one of the pictures to add some more visual interest. I added some Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells on to test the results but will sort out some original music when I’m a bit more Au fait with the process of adding sound. It’s a download I’m afraid as I haven’t figured how to add video yet, last attempt was a static image! Circles What do you think? I think there is some potential… Don’t you? But next time I must write down the process so I don’t forget the steps when I come to creating more!