As I’m doing Norfolk Open Studios this year I’d like to have some other work in my studio as well as my paintings, so I have had the idea of making some mobiles that relate to my art. Using shapes similar to those that appear in my work, I have cut them out in heavy board and painted them, made cut outs and additions and here’s the first one finished.
I’m really happy with this and have another one ready to make 🙂 They will be soon in my online shop
I have to work really hard not to keep them for myself!
I am very happy to be doing some drawings for Bridget from ARCA who specialises in producing stands and shelters in which to display and protect precious documents and books. These drawings are to go on her website to demonstrate what she does.
This is what is called a book cradle, a precious book can lay gently and safely open on this for people to see.
The more I do, the better I’m getting at the precise drawing that’s needed.
This is the finished drawing on her web page.
From what I pick up as I hear some people talk about art, it is that abstract art is easy and anybody can do it; basically it doesn’t take any real skill. I obviously disagree as I am an abstract artist. I think some drawing skill is needed, either a taught skill or natural talent. There is a need to be able to balance what you are putting on the surface you are working on, the same skill as in composing a figurative piece.
It is very difficult to put down on to a substrate something that exists inside of you. Responding to the urge to paint, and then trying to paint something that is invisible is incredibly difficult and takes courage. The example below shows how sometimes you can’t quite capture that thing!
As you can see this shows me painting over an existing piece of work. I have painted over areas that I wasn’t satisfied with then started afresh with the part I liked.
After a long time contempating this new start, it still didn’t work for me. so I painted over the blue and the red to basically leave the centre shape which I liked.
I then started slowly mapping out more ideas.
It has taken me a good few weeks contemplating this piece and finally in this past week I have managed to achieve something that I’m satisfied with.
I’m really pleased my first painting for 2020 is finished, it took me a while but I like it. It’s very challenging being true to yourself and producing something that genuinely comes from inside. It’s very satisfying when you battle your demons and your doubts and believe in what you yourself put on the substrate you are working on, in this case a wood panel and of course it’s red and I love red 🙂
First of all, Happy New Year 2020.
After a double dose of winter cough and cold, I’m finally back in my studio. It’s actually lovely to be back in my space 🙂 I am now working through some new ideas, getting back into the swing of things but still trying to clear away my hang ups. I hope you like my new year thoughts, I’ll keep you posted!
My latest painting finished at last. I absolutely love the colour combination I’ve used!
This piece has had several incarnations before achieving something I was pleased with.
Untitled – Red Spiral – Acrylic, collage, graphite and pastel on canvas
If you do paint, enjoy building up layers. I have been learning this for a while. Things don’t always work straight away with art, paint over stuff you don’t like and highlight things you do like, use materials you are not used to and be prepared to gamble. Carry on building up until you have achieved all you can.
Untitled – Yellow & brown – Acrylic, collage and graphite
My latest finished piece of art, acrylic and graphite on wood panel.
As you may know I had a studio warming on Saturday to celebrate improvements to my studio. I didn’t take any photo’s as I was too busy enjoying it and talking to the many people who came. I did however get as many people as wanted to, to contribute to a piece of art to commemorate the occasion, big people and little people, and this was the result.
I had to do a bit of cutting and sticking to get it to fit in a frame that I had
and here it is finished and hanging on my studio wall. 🙂
Painted on recycled paper.