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.
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
My latest finished piece of art, acrylic and graphite on wood panel.
Very happy that this A1 signed print is off to a new home 🙂
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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I know I keep saying it, but this is one of my favourites!
‘Harp’ – Acrylic and collage on board, was painted specifically for this vintage frame. I like to give myself a challenge! 🙂