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!
The Turner Prize Courts controversy. This years winner Martin Boyce has again been greeted with the usual disdain. The Guardian‘s Jonathan Jones argues the case for George Shaw (above)- another of the 4 contenders. And I’m inclined to agree with him. Although I quite like Martin Boyce’s work, George Shaw’s gritty creations would be lauded if he worked in other media such as television or written word. But not the visual arts! I wonder. Why? The truth is controversy sells, the more controversial the piece the more likely it will be snapped up by some wealthy individual aiming to make a statement. Or so it appears to the outsider. But I wonder if people who buy such works actually like them? Or are just interested in the status? I’m reading a book called “The $12,000,000 stuffed shark” by Don Thompson. The book looks at the high end Contemporary Art Market and it’s clear that this high monetary value has little or no correlation with the quality or, some would argue, importance of the artwork. Quoting Jerry Saltz of The Village Voice, Don strikes a chord:- 85% of new contemporary art is bad. But experts disagree on which art it is. […]
Do you like rejection? Truth is, nobody does! And artist’s face a lot of rejection. The gut reaction is to lash out in anger! And direct that anger towards those on the selection panel. Most of us quickly learn to temper these reactions and take a more philosophical approach. But, my eyes have been opened this week. Those who’ve been following my blog will know I’ve booked a large venue for an exhibition in May next year. I’ve put out requests for artists to join me. And artists have… More artists than I have adequate space to display work. responded…I was secretly hoping that only 10 would respond. So I’ve had a dilemma, I’ve had to engage in a selection process…Ughh! Now, I’m not someone who enjoys offending other people. In fact I go out of my way to avoid it! But having to select some artists means I’m having to reject others. And deciding who to select and reject has been a headache. I’ve been as careful as I can. Trying to be fair and to let the people down gently. Composing a letter to notify those I can’t include has been excruciating. Nonetheless it had to be done! […]