When you take on a big project there are parts you love… And parts you wish to avoid! It’s said if you want something done you should ask a busy person! But I’m not sure I agree. Sometimes being busy helps you avoid what you don’t want to do. Now that last week’s chaos is dying down.. I’m finally able to catch up with “stuff” and paint. And that includes tackling procrastination! So I Present Painting Number 12 of the Milton Keynes Project. This is the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. I love the ethos of the place. With so much division in the Christian Church its heartening to see efforts to overcome their differences. But, I’ve been wary of tackling the building. I was uncertain that it would “fit” with the rest of the series. Especially the more traditional architectural components… Specifically that dome! But it didn’t feel right not to include it. And I think it works so I’m relieved. And I love the way the cross looks like a cross from any direction. Almost as if to say a Christian should look like a Christian when seen from any direction. A challenging concept for even the best of […]
Writing titles is an art form in itself. Which is why it can be incredibly hard sometimes. I’ve written posts on titling of work before. And here we are again! On revealing the painting intended for Saturday’s post, I find myself struggling with names, yet again. Or rather, lack of them. It has to be something related to the underpass. These underpasses are everywhere in Milton Keynes. They’re like a array of rabbit holes everywhere you go. Part of a keep people and cars separate campaign. They’re all the same and yet they’re all unique. They look quite bleak, especially in the rain. And so I reveal Oh, I don’t know what to call it. And I’m much happier with it than I was on Wednesday. Especially that tree! Think I might need some inspiration for titles though?
You know those days when there just aren’t enough hours? Well, I’ve had 3! All down to the Nomads exhibition in Oxford of course! But, despite that, I’ve managed to complete this weeks work in Progress! I’m running with the “Room with a view ” title. The tall building is the Crowne Plaza Hotel. And who doesn’t want a room with a view. Although, it may still change… And the green building? Is the back of the Royal Exchange Costume Hire building. (I know, such a catchy company name!) The front is very traditional Victorian. An intriguing fusion of styles. Now, what next? It’s going to be something from Milton Keynes… Any requests?
I had a crisis on Thursday. As my Twitter and Facebook followers know. After sketching until late Wednesday evening I left the pencil drawing out on the table overnight. Ready to start masking the following morning. I came down to this! My feline assistant helping with a hindering hand – or rather Paw! Needless to say… I wasn’t impressed! But I knew there was a chance of salvaging the situation. Bad as it was. Letting it dry first. Then cleaning it with a putty rubber as best I could. Hoping I could paint over the remaining paw prints. So how did I do? Here’s City Connections complete. I think it worked! Do you?
Sometimes titles can be harder than the painting? I don’t usually struggle knowing what to paint. But, what to call the painting? Well, that’s a different matter What can I say? First, here’s the Finished Painting of the CIS Building. But, as usual, it’s title is elusive. I’ve considered CIS Building but that’s way too obvious. And although I like the idea it’s a anagram of CSI letters… that’s a bit obscure and doesn’t really work as a concept. It’s tempting to go with “Towering over the city”… But Cooperative Achievement seems to be winning the day. The origins of the Cooperative Society are in the Greater Manchester Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. And it IS a symbol of achievement. So, I think that’s it… Unless you have a better suggestion?
Is it important for an artist to stick to one style or should diversity reign? I spent hours wondering how to promote myself. Before coming to a conclusion – I need direction! Creating art was not the problem! No, I possessed a diverse range of paintings reflecting my love of experimentation. From Collages to Oil paintings, from Landscapes to Portraits etc etc… But while reading an article I was struck by this point – Diverse art from one artist can be confusing for people. Not a thought that had occurred to me! I see the argument… Who’ll recognise your style if your style keeps changing? Now, put like that, it makes sense! Doesn’t it? Do one thing… do it lots… and you’ll do it really, really well! Focus on the art you’re good at and don’t worry about repeating yourself… Well not too much, anyway. Since first discussing this topic I’ve found a style… But, like many artists, I still want to explore the new. Along came another revelation… You can have more than one body of work! And there I was thinking it means everything you produce. 1 artist=1 body of work. Simple as that! …naive I know. A […]