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!

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.

Untitled – Red Spiral

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

Artists Book

Wow what a big upheaval, 6 weeks of changing my studio, I’ve allowed myself in to work at last! I wanted things to be finished before I moved back in. Saying that, there is still a few things I’d like to give attention but they are not obstructive.

I uncovered some old textile work in the big sort out and thought I might be able to use it for a call to artists I’m considering.

Adding some more colour to it on my table and considering adding organic Items.
The decision to turn it into an artists book was suggested to me and I liked that idea. 🙂
Keep watching to see how it takes shape!

Beautiful Mess’ – Mini Sketch Book Challenge

I am part of an art circle doing this project by Susannah Elizabeth Susannahgram
to express our inner messy, so it’s perfect for me 🙂 These are my first pages. Things may change, but that’s what I’ve done so far 🙂

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Sculpture Developement

I am enjoying continuing with my sculpture I started at the workshop in Halifax. It is something that is completely new to me so is harder for me to take completely control of.
This is where I have got so far.
I am really Enjoying how slow it is 🙂

Gesso relief No.2

This is my second finished gesso relief, you may remember it from a recent blog although it looked a little different then. I’m looking to experiment a lot more with this technique, but I’m very pleased with how this piece has turned out, now just to varnish it 🙂