Less than a week to go! And work for the exhibition has taken over! But, even committee members must focus on your own work and create something… eventually! Although, it’s not unknown for committee members to submit work that’s still wet! Interpretation of the theme is the sticking point! Our theme is light. So many potential ideas… But which to choose? Where to start? Sometimes simple is best! This light is one of those visible on the Terrace outside the Houses of Parliament. There are 2 lights on each post. One historical, elaborately constructed and brilliant. The other smaller, simpler, dimmer… An afterthought! Added sometime after the initial light was erected. But within these two simple lights I see a metaphor for political power. They could be two main parties vying for supremacy… But only one dominates. Or maybe the lights are the conflicting power within a Coalition government! Imbalanced due to the different party sizes. One party gets a chance to shine more brilliantly! But that brilliance may switch to the newer light! Now which should it be?
The hardest part of being an artist is creating the art, right? Wrong! Making the abstract art is not an issue. Finding places to display my work, where it fits in has been my biggest challenge. I believe in what I do, I just find it hard to get others to see that too! And that’s not because there are no opportunities. The problem is me! I’m “blessed” with British reserve or maybe it’s just fear of failure? But I can’t succeed if I’m not prepared to fail. Probably a lot! Scratch that, I hate the word “Fail” It implies a finality which is a lie. I have been unsuccessful but there is always next time. The favoured quote here is Edison’s 199 failed attempts before the 200th successful attempt at the light bulb. Failure implies waste, but waste is when something is abandoned. There is always something worth learning from the attempt. It may be hard to learn, but it can and should be learnt. I recently received a comment that I was young, and that’s how you think when you’re young. I was quite flattered to be thought young – although it’s a relative term. (I have a […]
Just what do you do with acrylic mediums? When I decided to pursue art as a career two years ago my experience with acrylics was mixing poster paint with PVA glue in school art classes. More than a few years ago. The results were OK but nothing I could get excited about. Knowing virtually nothing and keen to find out more, I set about some research. It lead me to a book “The New Acrylics” by Rheni Tauchid. The section on mediums caught my eye. The possibilities opened up before me… Up until recently, I have only used acrylics in a conventional painting way. But I was still a little timid about working with acrylics. So I decided to try something different. It was time to paint something new- or is sculpt a more accurate phrase? Here it is! I’ve used lots of mediums, some unintentionally! So, what have I used? Acrylic inks and paint on stretched canvas – obviously. The dark blue area is acrylic paint with Galleria glass bead medium mixed in. WARNING- mediums tend to be white when in the jar and can easily be confused with white paint- especially when they’re the same brand in the […]
Sometimes I think I’m a bit “schizophrenic” when it comes to my artwork. (Although, to be precise, that should be a multiple personality disorder rather than schizophrenia – 3 years of Occupational therapy training wasn’t completely wasted! ) By which I mean I have warring urges relating to the type of artistic direction I wish to pursue. I started blogging to promote caricatures – lets call that “Style 1”. I always had the intention of portraiture alongside the caricatures, so we have “Style 2”. Then I started doing landscapes – “Style 3” and still life work “style 4”. Then, I discovered a style of abstract art that suited me, “Style 5” emerged! Finally I enrolled on a life drawing class which led to “Style 6”. Sometimes I desire to work in a realistic style, but it all seems to have been done before. I’m not an artist who enjoys reinventing the wheel! But then I think “I know I can do the realistic work, what’s wrong with that?”. So it was, last night I was painting abstracts and this morning I found myself sitting under a leafless beech tree. ( I feel I ought to stress that beech nutshells are […]