Something different this week. I’m motivated to work more on the abstract for a while so I’m back to the Gherkin for inspiration. The pencil stage has taken me a while but I’m hoping to have it finished for the weekend. We shall see… This is the pencil stage… And a close up of the triangular window which I love. And finally with a bit of colour added. I’ve decided to abandon the original colouring and play around on this one. This is stage one and 2 of the painting. There’s more to do and time is running out for me to finish this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be done tomorrow so I can bring it to the Windsor Art Fair. Please come and see us on Friday night if you want to see it at the Private View beforehand. I have a few tickets left if you want to come, email me and I’ll leave one at the door for you to collect.
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
After a hectic week where I seem to have had no time to paint, I’ve finished! I can now reveal the first Wolfson College Painting. This view is a composite of 3 photographs. I had to take some creative license as I couldn’t get the view I wanted without tweaking. Hopefully you can’t spot the joins and I’m not going to spoil it by telling you where I had to fiddle. I think I might have got away with it? *knowing look* The transparent tree is intentional BTW! The first 2 in the series are now available as prints from VA Prints and I’ll be taking this one over to be scanned tomorrow so it should be available by early next week. Now onto Wolfson picture number 2!
Last week I spoke about fate! What happened following the meeting? I finally persuaded myself to go. I was immediately asked if they could see my portfolio. I didn’t have it! Disaster, what should I do? Intense moment of panic… Then I remembered I’d arranged to collect some artwork after the meeting, ready for the Art Fair. As the shop was around the corner, I could easily collect it earlier, simple. I nipped out and returned laden with paintings. My work was greeted enthusiastically! So worth the effort… and great for my artistic ego! One lady, Naomi, I knew from my son’s old school. She was very impressed by my artwork and promised to help with promotion! Fast forward to Monday last week. Naomi phoned me to ask if I had work suitable to give to three teachers who were leaving the school. Within half an hour she came around with another friend, Wendy, whom I also know! Over coffee (or water in Naomi’s case), they perused my art portfolio, choosing 2 pictures. This one and this one! Which was completed on Friday. And commissioning a third! Talk about result!!!!! Mental note to self… Always take portfolio to network meetings […]
Have you ever wondered how some artist’s get away with what they do? Finding a place in the art world demands soul searching… lots of it! I need to know who I am and what I believe before I can speak through my art! Simple, right? Well, yes! So why do I find it so hard? My identity can sometimes be as fleeting as the wind. Influences abound! Contemporary, impressionism, pop art… I could go on. Just when I think I know what I believe in, something emerges which challenges my preconceptions! An image excites, angers, enrages, seduces, or bores! I see naive art selling apace when detailed artworks gather dust. I’ve always been able to create realistic images. Not perhaps the photorealism of some artists, but identifiable representations nonetheless! I assumed my work will lead in that direction. But the trouble is, that’s not the style of art that I enjoy looking at! I enjoy creating portraits but I don’t seek them out. I could truthfully insert “landscape” into the previous sentence. You see my problem? That’s not to say that I don’t or can’t enjoy them. But there are so many representational artists doing a fine job! Not […]