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!
I’ve been concentrating on smaller pieces recently. This is is the finished version of a work in progress I posted on my Facebook page last week. I love the underground symbol, so simple yet immediately identifiable and distinctive. The perfect foreground for my first painting of the Walkie Talkie, also known as 20 Fenchurch Street. It hit the headlines last year when the skyscraper was melting things in it’s path, including shop fronts and cars. The image reminds me of a Clash song… London Calling… I wonder why? Save
Sometimes finishing a painting is an effort. Nothing ab0ut the painting is hard or requires any problem solving. It’s just the subject no longer appeals for some reason. Procrastination rears it’s ugly head. When it happens, I find it’s best to plug away until it’s finished, then move onto the next thing. Usually I’m pleasantly surprised… After finally finishing a painting of Lady Margaret Hall I’m still not feeling the love. There’s nothing I can put my finger on, nothing I can find “wrong” with it… It’s just the subject… is not firing any enthusiasm in me. It’s a pleasant enough scene. Maybe that’s the issue? It’s too tranquil… So what do you do when finishing a painting is a major effort? If progressing even in small chunks is an effort? Well then, lots of rewards is the only way to go. Simple things like a tea break, a brisk walk, Trying something new…It’s easy to think of more interesting things to do in these situations. The tricky part is making yourself do something before the reward. Especially when that reward is enticing. And sometimes, after finishing a painting you’re still uninspired. In which case, it’s time to say… NEXT! […]
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 […]
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!
With less than 24 hours to my London debut on The Mall I’m a little nervous… It’s something new, I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a long day and probably very warm… You get the picture! In these situation I find activity helps. So I’ve been calming my nerves with some abstracts. Working on expression and nothing else is remarkably liberating. Allowing yourself to make mistakes but then finding something new as a result. I’ve said it before “play” is vastly misunderstood and under appreciated. Play is when discoveries are made! Play is the purest form of experimentation. Sure you may then repeat the process to try and reproduce your results. But you would never know what to repeat without playing in the first place! Finally, and most importantly, play is calming. In order to play you must be distracted by something. And if you’re distracted, you’re not worrying. And here’s the result of my playtime. Now, I’m pretty sure I’m doing something tomorrow. What was it?… Oh yes, I remember! So, what do you do to calm your nerves?