Thursday, 24 March 2011

2 new Prints

Printing, printing, printing!

A great day today with two successful prints completed for the Exchange Print show. It feels good to have the pressure to produce something finally off my shoulders. Now I just have to find a framer that can meet the 1 week deadline.

Priming up some boards for some new painting studies, I'm very excited about getting started on some new work.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Back in Cornwall after weekend spent in London. We drove up early on Saturday morning for an individual crit with Graham Crowley at the Core gallery in Deptford and even though we broke down on the A30 and had to call out the AA and I was also struggling with a heavy cold, it was worth it. I would say that it was a big kick up the backside which in retrospect has probably done me a great deal of good. The kid gloves were definitely off when he pointed out the awfully painted episodes in my chosen paintings but this was followed by some sound advice on how I should proceed with regards to my paint application and a list of artists and books that would  help.

So this morning I got out all my books on oil painting and have gone back to basics with particular focus on glazes and their uses. Whilst I was up in London I looked at the Ash Can School Exhibition at the National Gallery paying particular attention to how their brush strokes described the forms and how they applied the paint especially in the darker areas. I have in retropect been far too heavy handed with the paint, using it thickly and straight from the tube means that I have created dense, opaque episodes that are without 'light' and therefore appear dead. By using thin transparent layers in warm and cool tones will I think rectify this problem. Graham told me to look at the work of Lara Viana as an example of how sensuous paint could be and I have to say I wasn't disappointed, her work has really inspired me.I can't wait to get going on some paint studies.

I just have to finish working on some prints that I hope will be included in the Print show at the exchange this easter and try and get them framed quick smart, then hopefully I will be free to start some new experiments.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Thursday, 10 March 2011

works in progress

Works in progress, although definitely not much
progress at the moment.

I have to decide which ones to put forward

tomorrow. I am hoping that with fresh eyes

I might be able to see some potential in a couple.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Following a line of enquiry

I have been working on a series of portraits, characters from my imagined landscapes that have for the time being become my main focus of attention. It would be interesting to find out just how much I can say by suggestion, using only facial expression. Can these works pick up on the concept behind my other works? I am a bit worried that I shouldn't be going off on a tangent when I have to produce something for a deadline ( RA Summer Exhibition) but sometimes you just have no choice but to try and answer or at least explore a certain line of enquiry. It might reveal something really valuable that I can take forward and develop or it could be absolute rubbish in which case I will be routing around my stock for two paintings to submit to the competition.

In my landscapes I rely to a great extent on narrative, setting the scene like a play and then placing the characters within it, what happens when this is stripped away? Do we invent our own story or background to the person in the portrait and will this relate more to the viewer? They say that portraiture is one of the trickiest genres to get right, as the complexities are many and made up of fine adjustments which can totally alter the personality, emotional content and character of the painting. Obviously I can't hope to be that competant after a matter of days but can I at least say something in shorthand  that will prove interesting?

Tomorrow I will post images of the works in progress.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Looming deadlines

Trying not to get too stressed by the fact that I have less than two weeks to go before I have to submit my works for the Royal Academy summer exhibition. I thought I would give it another go as it has been a few years since the last attempt, so having bought my entry form (at the time I thought I had everything under control) I am now panicing. I really don't know how I manage to do this to myself time and time again, I always think that if I have a deadline to work to then this will help motivate me to produce a 'masterpiece' which I have to say is always very illusive. As usual I haven't left enough time to produce said masterpiece and as a consequence I am having to churn out as many starter pieces as possible in the hope that something magificent will transpire which I can then work up to a finished piece, not to forget if I do get that far, the drying time involved.......................I will keep you posted!