Did you know Abstract paintings are often based on reality? Most people see abstract paintings as a series of random marks, but if you spend any time looking you’ll realise many are more representational than you imagine. You could argue that any form of painting is an abstract in that it has taken an object and made something of it that’s not the real thing. Depending in what you define as a “real thing”. A photograph might look like a building but you can’t live in it. So which is real? They both exist in reality but you couldn’t pass the photograph off as a genuine building. Google’s definition of Abstract is “relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.” That’s one of many definitions. The trouble is, there’s a very fluid line between reality and abstraction and it could fuel many hours of debate, which I don’t have time for here. Another time, perhaps. Personally I waver between the 2 ends of the spectrum. Abstracts allow you to play with rules and perceptions whereas the more representational angle paints what you see. […]
Mixed Media was once revolutionary Like the Daily Express Building in Manchester, built in the 1930’s, it could have been built today. Even now people are wary of phrase mixed media and aren’t sure what it is. Simple put, watercolour is one medium, oil is another, ink another and so on.Mixed media is when you use two or more together. If you use acrylic paint and oil paint it is mixed media. You can add as many media as you like, even things like metal, threads, wood and other materials. I tend to stop at two or three but there’s no need to. The Daily Express building, above, featured on my daily commute to school. Sitting at the front of the top deck I could see clearly into the windows. Behind the glass, a mass of printing presses running paper at full speed creating the next edition. Hot on the press. I often wish I’d had a camera and taken some photographs. In the days pre-mobile phones the thought of carrying a camera around was the realm of professional photographers. Parents didn’t allow their children to carry expensive items to school on a daily basis. The most technical and expensive […]
Distinctive style can start in the most insignificant of ways. You never know when a small action can be the start of something great. There are moments in everyone’s life that are catalysts resulting in massive change. Sometimes, we’re aware of their existence and potential. Other times we just go through the motions of the day, oblivious to the impact the actions of the day will have.Only when a lengthy period of time has passed do we realise the significance. For many of us, there may be more than one such event. Let me share one of mine. A Eureka moment that only became clear some weeks/months later A painting called Abstract Flowers I have no photographs of this as a work in progress. It was done as an experiment. It is one of the first paintings I did where I used masking fluid to any extent. It was the beginning of something, a small action that snowballed into something big. So, how did it come about? I wanted to experiment with texture, and knew that masking was the best way forward. I’d used masking fluid before, wrecked brushes in the process. So I decided to try some other bits […]
To celebrate my recent successes I’m giving away an original painting. All you need to do to enter is to sign up for my newsletter and give me an address where to send the print if you’re one of the lucky winners. I’ve decided to extend the deadline for the competition to 31st August, 2015 and allow those who follow my Blog the Chance to Enter as well. Those of you who already receive my newsletter will automatically be entered. So, here are the details Claret and Moonlight painting giveaway competition! I created this painting (Claret and Moonlight) during one of my demonstrations and would like to give it away as a prize to one lucky newsletter subscriber! I will also be giving away 10, limited edition signed prints of the piece as runner up prizes. All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter and to give me your postal address, so I know where to post you your painting or print if you win. And that’s all there is to it! So, if you’d like to claim your print, and have a chance to win the original, then give me your address via the form below by […]
Ever take a photograph of someone where a tree in the background seems to grow through their head? My Manchester Decades Apart is a bit like that, Beetham’s tower rising up through Manchester Central Both these buildings fascinate me for very different reasons. The fore building was Manchester Central Railway station… closed in the 1960’s with Mr Beeching’s reforms and left to rot for over a decade. Eventually it was renovated, transforming into the Gmex now Manchester Central. The building in the background is Beetham Tower, a building that attracts attention. Personally I think it looks ready to topple, especially when you look at it end on. Obviously, the architects and engineers knew what they were doing because it hasn’t and it has been there a while now. Seeing these two buildings adjacent to one another like this I cannot help but draw comparisons. One was a product of 19th Century engineering and the other of their 21st Century counterparts. Literally Decades apart, yet they could both have been built now. This painting is for sale in my shop.