Inspiring Women are everywhere but finding them can be hard? Like all artists, I often feel the need for inspiration. For creative ideas to help me produce the next artwork. But I also need people who’ll inspire me to do something extraordinary! These people aren’t all artists. But what inspires me about them is their determination to make a difference. To change things. There are many men who are classed as influential. But the number of women seems far fewer. That is untrue, there are just many unsung heroines. The emphasis being unsung! Like most women, I relate better to the achievements of other women. I’m not being sexist but we all identify with people like ourselves. It’s natural, they seem to have more clout. As a teenager I grew up in an environment where women seemed to aspire no higher than marriage and family. Not that these are not noble and valuable goals. But I knew there was more I wanted to aspire to. I want to remember women who’ve influenced and inspired me. Women who opened my eyes to the possibility that there is more to life. Maybe they will inspire you as well. Artemisia Gentileschi In an […]
Happy New Year! With renewed enthusiasm I bring you The return of the Wednesday Work in Progress It’s a work on canvas and seems to be a popular subject matter as well as a popular exhibition. The poppies exhibition at the Tower of London entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. With the recent announcement that the creators, artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, have been honoured in the New Years honours list it seems a fitting time to share my interpretation on their exhibit. I’ll be sharing the full story in my newsletter and the completed painting here on Saturday. Until then I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks.
New artwork is revealed! This is gracing the Forth Plinth in Trafalgar square! And it’s inspiring me! Remember the old Music Hall song “I live in Trafalgar Square”? Well, I can’t get it out of my head now! So, taking it from the chorus. And 3..4.. “New Art in Trafalgar Square The fourth plinth has a new star! Bronze horse and rider are rocking away Atop the forth plinth are they shouting “Wayhay”? I’ll admit it’s a trifle corny, But I look at it this way, you see If it’s good enough for Nelson, It’s quite good enough for me.”: *Bowing* Thank you! Think I should stick to the art! If you’d like to find out more about the Plinth Art, details are here. And there you have it! Public art revealed in a public place and I’ve probably publicly humiliated myself! So what do you think of the new statue?
‘Tis the party season and balloons are everywhere. A staple of children’s parties, balloons are cheap decoration, some might say tacky. But, for some artists the balloon is a muse. Jeff Koons creations celebrate that time honoured tradition of balloon animals… Only Bigger… While for other artists balloons are the medium! Artists who take your actual balloon sculpting to new levels. Like Jason Hackenwerth These reminds me of microbes… While Paul Graves produces work inspired by the body… to extremes. (Parents be warned if you follow this link!) And now for something more classical! Larry Moss work from Airigami.com So are you inspired to buy a pack of modelling balloons?
Toys aren’t art, are they? Well, with Christmas coming I thought I’d give Expect the Unexpected a break for a while. And introduce you to… TOY ART! Like this sculpture here by Nathan Sawaya Lego man by Nathan Sawaya That’s art made from toys if you haven’t worked it out! I’m a big fan of Lego both as a concept and a medium. Even now I can play with it for hours, and to find artists who use it to create is no surprise. If you’d like to see more then try here or here With Christmas coming, toys are on many parents minds. But be careful when buying little Johnny that toy. You might be starting something… BIG! What do you fancy creating out of toys?
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. […]