Some time ago I made a promise to paint St Leonard’s Church in Middleton, Manchester. I have been meaning to paint its Wooden tower for a long time. The Church dominated my childhood, so it’s a personal perspective. We learnt about it’s history at school. It’s unique wooden clock tower on a medieval church. The secret passageways used during the reformation with tales of ghosts still haunting them. Not quite the pristine image of church people like to portray. In short everything that could fire the imagination of a child. I’ve even been to family weddings there. It’s quite a traditional subject matter but think I’ve given it a new perspective. As usual I begin with the initial drawing. Then the painting begins… Once that’s all dry the masking is removed. As you can see in this detail, it all looks very messy at this stage Peeling the masking of large areas requires a considered techique and is one of my favourite stages in the whole process. Due to my heavy use of masking the picture always undergoes a final transformation. I am always surprised by how the painting looks when it’s finished. I love the not knowing, although it […]
Fancy a trip on the Thames? This week’s work in progress is something I’ve been longing to do for some time. Battersea Power station! Although it’s a bit hard to see tucked away on the far bank across from Chelsea Bridge. It was as close as I could get on the day, but I will be back. Nearly forgot to take any WIP shots for this one as it was used in the demo for my talk to Bedford Art Society. It’s a bit blurry but the final photos are lovely and clear for the Saturday reveal. See you then!
Finally I can reveal my latest canvas! It’s taken a little longer than planned but I’ve finally finished the work in progress I started last week. After a hectic but thoroughly enjoyable weekend followed by far too much paperwork I’ve been able to finish a painting! I’m still working on the title so as yet it’s “untitled number whatever I’m up to now”. Although as I write this I’ve a strong urge to call it “The eyes have it” Those circles are the lights but they’re looking distinctly eye like to me and more than a little bit creepy. Do you see what I mean? It’s purely coincidence mind you. I was keen to take it more abstract for this one. Now, what shall I call it?
Although by spaceship I actually mean student union Bar! Confused? I was at first. I’d heard reference to Keble’s Spaceship but couldn’t quite picture how it would look. Until I saw it. And then? Well, it’s kinda obvious isn’t it? I often wonder how many radical ideas for buildings there are out there? Then I realise I may as well ask… How long is a piece of string? So, do you have any suggestions for future projects? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Do you enjoy people watching you at work? Many artists are self conscious and not keen to work in front of others. It makes you aware of potential mistakes and can stifle creativity. Personally I love demonstrating what I do. I know, I’m a freak! Except, when it comes to my architectural work that is… Then I want to run a mile. Even then, I don’t mind the preliminary drawing stage. It’s when the paint goes on. Quite simply I prefer to demonstrate abstract painting Why? The reason is simple. Having spent time drawing and masking a picture, I want to focus on the painting process. If I’m explaining what I’m doing I risk missing an important element I planned to emphasise. Abstract painting, the way I do it, is more free so if I make a mistake I can alter the painting later and I’m confident I can make it work. Why not come back in a few days to see how it turned out?