Sometimes in life you have to take risks! Well? I’ve gone and done something really Big and Scary! Well, it is for me. I’m organising an exhibition in Oxford to Coincide with Oxford Artweeks! Why? I need to raise my game and find more exhibition opportunities. Or create them! So, when I received an email from Oxon Artweeks mentioning possible venues. I investigated. Finding a venue in Oxford City Centre. But Realising it’s too big for me to do alone. I approached my neighbour. He’s a photographer keen on organising something. We decided to team up. Realising if we enlist 10 more artists… An Exhibition it is a distinct possibilty… So, several emails and phonecalls later, the hall and exhibition boards are booked. Now I’m looking for 10 more people to join us. And the Roller Coaster ride is off! Will it be scary or thrilling? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it should be interesting… Watch here and find out!
Do you struggle with Procrastination? I do! I have an art exhibition in 2 weeks and this is the only piece that’s ready! Which is quite advanced for me! I’ve known about it for months, yet only now am I focusing and I have lots of other things to do as well! Why do I put off things I know I’ll love once I get started? Most procrastination is caused by fear and uncertainty. To help me in overcoming my diffidence! I created a list with countermeasures. Here goes… Uncertain what to do/where to start! – The only answer here is to start doing something. Even if it ends up in the bin! Any action creates inertia. By failing, you figure out a better way to complete the task. Other commitments encroaching. – Unless you’re single and friendless and have masses of servants and are happy to keep the status quo. (i.e. you’re living in a bubble). Most of us have other people in our lives. Other commitments cannot be ignored. But it’s easy to allow the rest of your life take over. Schedule time to create and stick to it! Feeling overwhelmed – Including Guilt – “I should […]
Sketching is a pain… Or so I’ve always felt. I’m too impatient. Cross hatching and shading is slow. I like picking up a brush and painting immediately. I now realise my main problem is… Drawing isn’t sketching! I’ll say that again. Sketching and drawing are not the same thing. Although we use them like they are. And it took me a while to realise that. Sketching frees up your mind! Allowing you to figure out the potential errors in a composition and improving the quality of the finished line. It’s fast, free and dynamic. Drawing is controlled, precise. Yes, it can begin with sketching but you end up correcting the errors as the work progresses. But I like the errors, the mismash of lines as you define the correct one. I work in pen, an unforgiving medium. It gives cleaner lines and doesn’t smudge when the book is closed. Whilst I admit to missing the gradation of pencil, ink travels well. I’d been drawing! With this single revelation, the penny dropped. Suddenly I was sketching in volume and loving it. But, in preparing for paintings, my reluctance to sketch persists. Sure I sketch, but I’m painting other things. By sketching […]
Forget paints and colour! Seriously, get back to shape and structure. The humble piece of paper, a knife/scissors and some glue are all you need! Simply by cutting you can create art like this… Created from a single piece of paper! (More examples of Paper Architecture) Or create words using paper scrolling… More examples here at Paper-made typography Simple embossing can have some stunning effects! Add a little glue and you can Layer Paper… (I found this image Nicola Benzette’s site) Or fold Paper Sculptures like Peter Callesen I found them at Arctic Oak Or this Jesus chap here… Unknown to me but found at Rocking Facts with some more Awesome paper art So, inspired yet? So… Reach for the paper and scissors… Ready… Steady… Go! And, if you must, you can always use coloured paper… When you’re finished, please share your creations, I’d love to see them!
“Being in a church no more makes you a Christian than being in a garage makes you a car.” (Other quotes may be available!) It’s one of my favourite quotes… And the same is true of art. People define me as a “self-taught” artist. Me? I prefer the term “Outsider Art” – much more edgy! I’ve said before I’ve a source of internal conflict. Whether to go to Art school or not? There’s a perceived sense that being self taught means less somehow. Discussing the issue with friends and other artists brings fuel to the flame. Part of me wants to do a degree. But I’m not sure I have the inclination or want to spend the time on it? Actually doing the degree isn’t the concern. I’ve done postgraduate studies, so I know what to expect. Considering the disadvantages of spending 3 years working to another agenda. I’m just not sure how much of an advantage it would be. And discussing the idea with other Professional Artists isn’t helping. Many enjoyed Art school… But found it completely irrelevant to their professional careers. A Contemporary of Damian Hirst‘s at Goldsmiths even told me she “Studied all the BS” but since […]
You’re not an Artist if you don’t know how to play! I mean it! If you want to create anything you have to take risks and explore. Trying out new materials, compositions, techniques, media… In other words… PLAYING! Play is vastly underestimated! I never understand why people think children are “just playing”. If you know anything about child development you realise children learn everything -and I mean EVERYTHING – through play. And they learn vast amounts. A child is never “just playing”. They are discovering who they are. Testing the limits of their bodies and environment and creating in the purest sense. That childish need to play is within us all and is the route of all creativity. Think back to your own schooldays. I guarantee you best remember the lessons which were most fun. The ones where you were allowed to play! Wonder Why? Because your mind was allowed to maximise it’s potential and make connections freely. And these new connections lead to new ideas… In other words CREATIVITY! If you want to really understand something you have to play with it! Play tests limits, pushes boundaries, mixes things up and opens the doorway to discovery! In other words… […]