Destination: Allenheads, Northumbria
Activities: Drawing mainly, some painting, reading, blogging ;o)
Weather forecast: Rain
From Monday to Friday Next week I’ll be staying at Allenheads Contemporary Arts for a residency where I plan to focus intensively on drawing and painting the landscape. I’ve bought a bivvy to protect me from the elements. I didn’t know it was called a bivvy until I got one, it’s like half a tent and I can sit up in it. I tried it out in the bedroom yesterday (see photo).
I’m so excited about drawing! I’m not planning on making any finished work as such, more hopeful that I will learn something. I’d like to focus on the sky and how it really looks.
I’ve just finished reading ‘A Bigger Message’ by Martin Gayford. This is a link to the book in ‘News From Nowhere’ bookshop because I don’t want you buying it from evil Amazon.
It is made up of his discussions with David Hockney about all sorts. Hockney talks a lot about seeing and how the world really looks but also about photography, technology, other artists’ work and the work he’s been doing in Bridlington. It’s a good read, I think he’s a very clever man. In fact I would say that Hockney is my all round favourite. I think he sees things differently from anyone else and I like the things he says. I think I might write him a fan letter. My friend (another artist) told me that if you like an artist’s work, you should write to them and tell them. I don’t know why I’d not thought of doing that before, probably because I thought I’d have to say something interesting, but all you actually need to say is that you like them. I followed his advice and wrote to an artist called George Barber. I had seen a video he made in an exhibition of work inspired by Kurt Schwitters at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. This is the video. When I saw it in the gallery, it effected me so much I had to stop watching, which I was very suprised about as I usually find it difficult to connect with video art. (I think there are varoius reasns for this but I won’t go into it now)
George Barber replied to my email within 20 minutes. I was really suprised and even more so when he was so open and continued to discuss the video with me.
So I emailed another one. There was a great painting in the last John Moores Painting Prize by an artist called Paul Collinson. You can see his work here:
I had looked him up after I saw the show and noticed he was based in Hull (where I am originally from). Paul Collinson replied immediately and then he offered for me to come and see him in his studio some time. Of course I accepted. He is in the JMPP this year as well. I hope he gets some recognition, I love his work. I want to know what his painting process is, hopefully he will tell me about that when I meet him.
So there you go, today’s tip is, if you like an artist’s work you should tell them and you don’t need to say any more than that. It turns out that artists are generally very nice people and of course, everyone enjoys a complement.