I couldnt get the image of the crocodile eating the moon that night out of my mind. This is an exploration, I am trying to find as ever a way to respond.
Continuing to develop my work , take steps to come out from under my rock, connect with other artists and get my work seen…..in any bit of time I can snatch.
Painting for pleasure
Feeling burnt out, shutting down and getting ready for a break, then like a gift courtesy of a Christmas party for the kids I was given some extra studio time I didn’t expect .With nothing planned I went up to the studio with the feeling I just wanted to paint, no other aim than to put paint on canvas, so that is what I did. The images I started were worked up from my quarry studies and prints, I liked how they were turning out. I feel sometime I over work and over think things; a tired mind can be an advantage in painting.
Events have largely overtaken any making of art outside computer stuff this week, but my thinking has been centred on collage. I have started using paper in some work especially when working on panels, blank paper and some I have used in test monotype or to blot canvases. I now find I am thinking of expanding this collaging. On an ambitious note I had an inkling to render Hieronymus Bosh’s garden of earthly delights in green and blacks 85% chocolate wrappers (watch this space). I hope to give myself some time to experiment.
I did realise however that the way I am working in my job with the computer game environments at the moment is collage. Bringing together elements of photo imagery and building geometry objects to represent the places required. I could almost be sat with a big pile of magazines and a pot of glue and some card. Sorry I can’t say what game I am working on until the press release.
Oh my goodness I love paint!
Work, the computer stuff that is my job has been very intense lately. Just modeling and texturing, but there is a lot to get done… busy busy busy so that is 32 hrs of my week. Then there was my precious Tuesday when I have my my largest chunk of painting time. I got going on a quarry monotype , what joy, after a little I was so involved with the making of thick painty marks on the plate and the delicious colours smearing together all my tensions floated away. Is this why I do it? (I don’t seem to be able to sell any work at the moment ).When I can get so much joy from the doing how much does the end result matter. Obviously the painting can be a struggle, usually when the image doesn’t work out and I am fighting it, but even then the individual brush strokes and marks can be a joy. I thought the quarry print came out ok, its nice to feel satisfied with the end result even though if I wasn’t I would still keep making those marks.
New yet nothing new.
I was going to start a new blog, new project new line of thought , then it all spiralled back again and I am still thinking about how to make my crocodile . The shell work has stalled, I will pick it back up I always seem to, but now its lichenscapes, quarry’s and patterned stones, clouds and landscape details again . I have a feeling that the key to unlock the responses I am looking for may lie here in the patterns and colours, the details I can set my imagination to roam in . I remember as a child looking into the patterned carpets and sofas in our 1970s home having adventures in those twisting forms, imagining worlds and landscapes full of strange people and animals. So I will stick with this blog and try to keep it more regularly updated as I move towards my first solo show in 2012 .
Been busy I think…
Still no crocodiles, but there has been quite a lot going on. My news in amongst the making of, succeeding with and failings of my work is that I am finally getting some out there. I have recently joined a local multidisciplinary art group Moving Clay http://www.movingclay.com I joined in at short notice with an exhibition they were hanging at a Local Solicitors office, Jobling Gowler. Also the handing in for the much awaited East Cheshire Hospice Art fair http://www.theartofcaring.org.uk is next Tuesday. It will be good to get the work in and see it up at last, as I have had it ready for quite a while now. I did repaint one of the pieces I submitted and wasn’t happy with and was very pleased I did.
So it’s all on to new projects now, I still have a couple of works in progress to resolve but I am looking to move on with some different work. I am making studies of my collection of broken shells; I have been drawing them, photographing them and have started on some monotypes of them. Very exciting.