Untitled – Red & White Abstract

Being rid of distraction for the time being I’m happy to be in my studio for a few days. Some of you may know I occasionally use automatic drawings to inspire my work. I have also found recently I enjoy it when I’m painting over old canvases or work I’m not happy with. Maybe it creates a sort of foundation for my new painting. I have found it’s also nice even if I’m not painting over old work to prime the canvas in a colour rather than white all the time. So this new painting started on an old canvas someone had given me with an automatic drawing.

I start putting the colour on gradually and spend a lot of time thinking about the composition as I don’t use all the lines from the drawing.
This is the finished piece. You can possibly just about see which lines I have chosen to guide my composition.

Artists Trading Cards

I have been so enjoying the lockdown that I have hardly posted anything on any of my blogs. I have been using the freedom I’ve had with no outside pressures to get things done and enjoy being me! I’ve been still doing art obviously but also creative things in the house and garden.

Actually, I’ve been trying to be relaxed around my art and just spend time in my studio and make art and create things.

You may know I do mail art and send lots of art by mail. One of the things which is easy to send in an envelope is an ATC card. Here are a few of the ones I’ve made recently out of art scraps.

New Web Shop

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy and finding creative things to do.

During the Covid19 shutdown I’ve been using the time to build a web shop directly attached to my website. It is now up and running and I’m very happy to show it to you. It is much easier for me to up load work than the previous shop I had and so I will be able to keep it up dated and stocked more readily.

I would like to invite you to take a look around so to enter click here

 

Just Do Stuff

It’s very difficult to get inspired at this strange time of shut down, but I actually think I’m getting accustomed to it now. I think it doesn’t matter what you do, just do stuff!

I’ve been painting in my studio, not really knowing what I’m doing just applying paint to surfaces. One thing I’ve done is below. I taped a cross hatch on cartridge paper with masking tape and then painted randomly over it with what came to me and then peeled off the strips of tape. unfortunately it tore the paper a little but I still had ideas for it. I made postcards for my mail art by cutting and using the sections that appealed to meand then I made some faux postage art stamps to use when posting them.I can’t wait to send them now! 🙂

Digital Drawings

Well, I think all of us are trying to get our heads round our new situations and figuring out a new routine for the next few months. One of the things I’ve been doing is exploring more of what art I can produce on my tablet. I have found a new setting on one of my drawing apps that allows me to do repeat pattern. As many of you know, that is one of my loves. Not only have I discovered how, I’ve also discovered I’m quite good at it! 🙂 so straight out of the window go my doubts about using my tablet and addiction is the name of the game. I absolutely love my new found medium.

Keep a look out for a range of cards made with these images (and more) soon to be added to my online shop

 

Making Mobiles

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!

ARCA

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.

Art Process

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.