Manchester is often on my mind. All month I’ve been working on paintings inspired by the city. Focusing on my home city already, it’s impossible for me not to say something about the atrocious attack on Monday. My thoughts and prayers are obviously with those directly involved. No words I can say will ever be enough. I cannot begin to comprehend what they must be feeling and going through. May you be surrounded by love and supported in your grief. I hope that you receive all you need to recover from injuries and adjust to new circumstances. I’ve never been more proud of Manchester and my fellow Mancunians. They have responded with such dignity and love. Evident in the immediate aftermath of the incident, and beyond. It’s impossible to think of the Monday assault without feeling personally attacked. Those are the streets I first wandered. The shops where I expanded my record collection and bought my clothes. Trivial things, perhaps, but normal life. My education was there, my family and friends are still there. My ancestors helped build the city. That innocent people, especially children, were hurt in my home city would be as unthinkable to them as it is to […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
I’m struggling to write at the moment. I became an artist to create art, not talk about it! And whilst I understand the need to do both… I find myself today… With very little to say, I just want to post a picture… And to RUN AWAY! So that’s what I’m doing… Ever have days when the last thing you want to do is TALK about ART? You’d rather be creating it? Hopefully by next week the writing muse will have returned!
Sketching is a pain… Or so I’ve always felt. I’m too impatient. Cross hatching and shading is slow. I like picking up a brush and painting immediately. I now realise my main problem is… Drawing isn’t sketching! I’ll say that again. Sketching and drawing are not the same thing. Although we use them like they are. And it took me a while to realise that. Sketching frees up your mind! Allowing you to figure out the potential errors in a composition and improving the quality of the finished line. It’s fast, free and dynamic. Drawing is controlled, precise. Yes, it can begin with sketching but you end up correcting the errors as the work progresses. But I like the errors, the mismash of lines as you define the correct one. I work in pen, an unforgiving medium. It gives cleaner lines and doesn’t smudge when the book is closed. Whilst I admit to missing the gradation of pencil, ink travels well. I’d been drawing! With this single revelation, the penny dropped. Suddenly I was sketching in volume and loving it. But, in preparing for paintings, my reluctance to sketch persists. Sure I sketch, but I’m painting other things. By sketching […]