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 […]
Artist’s should blog! Or so I’m told… or is that I’ve read? Certainly many Artists do. But it can be difficult to know what to write!…And some days you just don’t want to! – I might have mentioned that before. So, do you try something new? It can be really hard to come up with new ideas for blog posts. Especially when you’d rather paint! Best to leave that to a day when you’re on fire! Do I blog about what’s irritating me? Chances are 90% of the blog posts will be identical and bad. And you won’t be giving people something new. The odd rant is OK but readers might get bored with rants! Although some bloggers develop a very successful blog with skilled ranting. Successful ranting really depends on your style. And it opens up discussion. Which is good! Revisiting an old bl0g post then? As you learn your ideas and understandings change. Revisiting a post can be energising.(We’ll ignore the demoralising if nothing’s changed, shall we?) Whatever option you choose, regular writing and reading is the key. Like any art form, practice improves your skills. And sometimes you need to rethink you’re options and mix things up! […]
Should artists be promoting themselves or just concentrate on creating? Being an artist involves creating art and nothing else, right? Such was my thinking as I dreamed about an art career. All I need do is produce the pictures and the buyers will snap them up, such was my talent. (Such modesty) Naive I know, but hey, I was young! My early efforts at marketing consisted of buying the Artist’s Yearbook which includes lists of all the UK galleries. Perusing the chapters and sending out masses of emails. I had 2 replies. Quoting from the first, “we looked at you work with great interest.” Exciting… for about 2 seconds until I realise it must be a form letter. Watching the art market and seeing who’s successful makes me think that talent is irrelevant! A significant Paradigm shift. Ability alone is not enough. I must promote myself as well. But I need guidance! Sometimes it seems like I stumble blindly through Hampton Court Palace Maze without a map or guide shouting directions. However, in stumbling I found a useful website called Art Business.com. reading “How not to succeed in the Art World.” The underlying theme? “Networking is the key!” Blind approaches […]
Sometimes in life you have to take risks! Well? I’ve gone and done something really Big and Scary! Well, it is for me. I’m organising an exhibition in Oxford to Coincide with Oxford Artweeks! Why? I need to raise my game and find more exhibition opportunities. Or create them! So, when I received an email from Oxon Artweeks mentioning possible venues. I investigated. Finding a venue in Oxford City Centre. But Realising it’s too big for me to do alone. I approached my neighbour. He’s a photographer keen on organising something. We decided to team up. Realising if we enlist 10 more artists… An Exhibition it is a distinct possibilty… So, several emails and phonecalls later, the hall and exhibition boards are booked. Now I’m looking for 10 more people to join us. And the Roller Coaster ride is off! Will it be scary or thrilling? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it should be interesting… Watch here and find out!
Major projects are never routine. So I’m sharing my experience with the Morning Til Night performance at Tate Modern. I arrived early for my 11.30 start – ecstatic it wasn’t 6.30am! The official Start time! It was organised chaos! Katarina Seda‘s vision was to recreate her home village of Bedřichovice in the centre of London. This required positioning 80 artists along the boundaries of a virtual Czech village which had been superimposed on the London streets. Simples? Not! Spots were allocated in advance so it was a case of identifying the numbers on a very small scale map. Then finding the numbered chalk cross in the city streets. For many artists geography is not a strength. The concept was to paint specific scenes from the Czech village overlooking the London Landscape from the corresponding position. Finding my cross St Pauls and the Tate Modern I started painting. Then I met Katerina who pointed out I should be facing the uninspiring wall behind me. Adding to the joke and bemusement of passers by. Mind you, my neighbour Grace’s position was worse! On a traffic island between cycle path and road. Once her easel was up, she had to stand in the road! […]
Social media is an amazing development. And I think all artists should be using it! Why you may ask? Because you never know what doors it may open! Artists should take risks. And not just in their work. Opportunities can arise in the most unexpected of places! Social media is one of those places. Last week before going away I found a Tweet by the Tate Modern. It was a call to Artists to participate in a conceptual art project by Katarina Seda I had many other things I should have been doing… And I mean MANY, MANY things! I hesitated for a moment… And was sorting out my application that evening. After all, what did I have to lose apart from the time filling in a form? Focussing on the holiday, I forgot about it completely! On returning I found an email inviting me to participate. Result! An opportunity to work at one of the most famous Galleries in London! All by reading a chance Tweet. The event’s on 3rd September, I Can’t wait! So, are you finding any good tweets with potential? Do share!