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!
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.
Feeling less stressed this week. After the nightmare of trying to paint on watercolour ground, I’m now back to paper, stuck onto a plywood board. So far so good, no nasty surprises so far. Just nice clean lines on paper. It may look finished but I’ve a little more painting to do to make the wheel stand out. I’m really excited about this one as already it’s looking good. It can also be very scary at this point. When it looks good, I don’t want to overdo it now, do I? I’m playing with the idea of racing taxis for the painting’s title. Any suggestions? See you on Saturday for the finished results!
Do you use the term contemporary or Modern Art When referring to the current art scene? I know many artist friends use Contemporary or modern equally and you’d be forgiven for thinking they are the same. But not so… I’ve been painting Lady Margaret Hall or LMH It’s very much a Victorian building. Another of the pieces I’ve done for the Modern face of Oxford Commission. Although it feels like modern is pushing it to my mind. This is where I am so far… We could start a contemporary or modern art debate… and go on for hours… Yes, there is a difference. Confused? Until 5 years ago I was blissfully unaware that Contemporary or modern art could be differentiated. Until I decided to look them up and found clear distinctions between the two genres but, more than that, it’s open to interpretation and debate. Partly fueled by confusion, the various meanings of the two words and an implied understanding in common usage. Words is all they are, And yet so much more is implied. Like the terms “art” and “artist” Their use is commonplace but the definitions have evolved into a myriad different strands. But I found this useful […]
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?