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?
I’m changing tack this week and going all nautical. During a splendid trip on the Thames Clipper a few months back I was able to capture a great shot of HMS Belfast And I thought it was time to commit my interpretation to paper. This is where I’ve got to… Hoping to get the paint on in the next day or two! In between opening hours for Bucks Open studios, of course. We’d love to see you here if you can make it! Full details are here
I love it when I finish a frustrating project! There’s nothing quite like it. Just goes to show, you just have to keep plugging away until you succeed! One down, time to start on the second one, perhaps??? …think I might do something different first. Change is as good as a rest as they say. And I’ll be setting up for the Bucks Open Studios exhibition this week, so a smaller project is required!
Some pictures seem to take forever to create Whilst others practically seem to paint themselves. This St Catherine’s painting was definitely in the former category. Especially when I started on the bicycles! But I the result was worth it I think! Oh, and I like the bicycles now!