Working on the floor on these two canvases. Not very comfy but it's the only way I can work on two 80" x 60" canvases at the same time. Only acrylic and gold leaf so far. I may add some cold wax/mixed media later. The intention is to do three pairs; Silence and Noise, Loneliness and Solitude and Time and Space, but I've just noticed I'd misread the Summer Exhibition deadline. It's 13th February NOT 23rd, so whether I get all three pairs done in time I don't know. I can only enter two at the most anyway, but it's nice to have a choice. This is only day one!
"Been topping up the acrylic supply. I think the next batch of canvases will be a mixture of acrylic areas, cold wax areas and mixed media. But, for a change, its all being worked out on paper first. Plus, bonus, I just found a dumped bookcase which I've lugged through the rain to the "studio, where it's now drying by the radiator. Should get some crap off the floor!
I may not have got a shot of the bloody wolf moon or whatever it's called but I did get a nice shot of the sun lurking behind a tree on Hampstead Heath last Thursday. More planning for the Summer Exhibition canvases today. Better get something started in case I end up getting any of the jobs I've applied for and don't have time to paint them! Only got until Feb 23rd.
Actually it's buff titanium. A very brief doodle this one. I mixed the black very thinly with Flow Improver and it actually all peeled off while I was attacking some of the other layers with various implements. Lesson learned I guess!
Been thinking about art for the kitchen. Why not? Here's a screen grab of my first take, in Illustrator. Anyway, I've been in all week doing job applications so I'm off for a walk on Hampstead Heath and then on to the London Art Fair this afternoon.
Taken delivery of 6 canvases [60cm x 80cm] in preparation for the Summer Exhibition this year and getting some things I DON'T want to do out of my system on some tiny canvases before I start on them. I can't do any worse than last year!
Don't seem to be achieving much so far this year. I've posted a couple of detail shots of this piece [14" x 14" acrylic on board] on Instagram but that's all I've been working on. Other than a couple of tiny acrylic doodles and some ideas in Illustrator for the shop. More of that later. Mostly I have been looking for some part-time work. Needs must!
My obsession with photographing walls started here. In New Orleans. I can't remember what year but I'm guessing about 1998. I uploaded this to flickr in 2004 [shot on an old Pentax SLR and scanned] and noticed it as I downloaded everything from there before closing my account.
Prompted by a suggestion to write an essay on the effects of photography on abstract art while I was studying graphic design my interest in abstract expressionism soon outweighed my interest in design and I started photographing walls with "artistic qualities".
When you want to try to avoid using social media so much, starting selling online is probably not the best idea!
In between attending to digital matters this piece I posted on 27/11 has progressed a bit and I just had a "turn it on its side revelation"! The text [if you can read it at this size] is an Anne Sexton quote;
“I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road.
It is one of a kind
just as yours is.”
Anyway, this post is just a distraction from doing my Christmas shopping!
Seems an apt title given the connections I draw between random bits of wall; ghost signs, graffiti removal and the general wear and tear of concrete, wood and paintwork. It has certainly fed my Instagram feed and seems to be the direction any painting I do wants to go. So I think I'll just give in and follow it.
I must stop using my phone to photograph these things!
Mixed media on board 14.5" x 14.5"
Some [possibly] random postings to remind myself what I've been doing.