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 […]
After all my procrastinating, it’s done! Presenting the finished painting of the Barbican from the terrace. It’s a working title still. The structures on the roof remind me of Pill boxes on the coast. I can see something like “Waging war on Art” or “Defence of the Arts” being my final choice. And now the snow has finally cleared, I’ll be back at my studio this week! Which means producing some more BIG pictures!
This painting has been slow progressing but worth it. Watercolour on large scale has some unique challenges. Bigger brushes solves most. But if I go much bigger I reckon I’m going to need longer straws! I’ve deliberately kept the blown ink work away from St Paul’s. I always see these as reflecting the spirit of the people within the building. Something I feel is lacking in these large ostentatious buildings. The life of a church is in it’s people and its actions. Not in the structures created. Right, as we seem to have a major sporting event dominating everything. I might do something sporty next… Wembley Stadium Check back next week and see how it’s going! (The new Olympic Stadium is on my list. Once I’ve got some images.) Save Save
When you take on a big project there are parts you love… And parts you wish to avoid! It’s said if you want something done you should ask a busy person! But I’m not sure I agree. Sometimes being busy helps you avoid what you don’t want to do. Now that last week’s chaos is dying down.. I’m finally able to catch up with “stuff” and paint. And that includes tackling procrastination! So I Present Painting Number 12 of the Milton Keynes Project. This is the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. I love the ethos of the place. With so much division in the Christian Church its heartening to see efforts to overcome their differences. But, I’ve been wary of tackling the building. I was uncertain that it would “fit” with the rest of the series. Especially the more traditional architectural components… Specifically that dome! But it didn’t feel right not to include it. And I think it works so I’m relieved. And I love the way the cross looks like a cross from any direction. Almost as if to say a Christian should look like a Christian when seen from any direction. A challenging concept for even the best of […]
Sometimes titles can be harder than the painting? I don’t usually struggle knowing what to paint. But, what to call the painting? Well, that’s a different matter What can I say? First, here’s the Finished Painting of the CIS Building. But, as usual, it’s title is elusive. I’ve considered CIS Building but that’s way too obvious. And although I like the idea it’s a anagram of CSI letters… that’s a bit obscure and doesn’t really work as a concept. It’s tempting to go with “Towering over the city”… But Cooperative Achievement seems to be winning the day. The origins of the Cooperative Society are in the Greater Manchester Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. And it IS a symbol of achievement. So, I think that’s it… Unless you have a better suggestion?
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 […]