I’ve finally been bitten by the artistic bug again. Its been a long year with a lot of voluntary work and job applications but I finally feel settled enough to enjoy the painting process again. I’ve recently dipped into the ‘shame bin’ in my studio – the place where I hide all the work I feel disappointed in or simply fed up with. It’s amazing how the passage of time makes me look at these works with a lot more fondness. That’s one of the plus sides to painting, you can always come back to a piece of work no matter how much time has passed!
Over this last week, my studio has been subjected to a proper clear out. I have raked into all the nooks and crannies that I can reach in an effort to gain a bit of extra space. It’s quite frankly amazing how much room I need. I’ve taken out all my papers, rearranged them into folders and tidied them away into there respective boxes. All my materials are now in drawers or boxes, keeping them away from any creepy crawlies! My canvases have been taken from my home and into the studio, packed away into their new cardboard homes. All my finished paintings have been wrapped up and stored away properly… in other words out of the studio! The amount of mess I create never ceases to amaze me!
I’ve got a lot of canvas work and paintings on the go just now. I like to work with several projects at the same time – that way if somethings not working, I can move onto something else and come back again once I’ve cleared my mind.
I’m currently working on some beautifully coloured canvases. There are four in this series although one looks more advanced than the others. I’m creating experiments in my sketchbook with photographic paper. With a bit of luck this will be my new project. I’m also developing work on mirrors with sand, mica and ink… I’m pretty obsessed with mixed media.
With all these works in progress I feel the need to make some effort and get in contact with some galleries. If any galleries out there are looking for new work, let me know!
As of this week my newest artwork is underway. The others that I am still in the midst of have been placed on the back burner (metaphorically speaking of course) until I can find some refreshed enthusiasm for them.
It started, like always, with a sketch and a canvas. I then attached some glossy paper on top to allow the next layer of ink to run more freely. In future, I think I will start using boards more often as the texture from the canvas tends to be more of a hinderance than a beautiful effect that I wish to keep.
The first layer involved an application of colour through ink. I’ve used plain drawing ink as well as mica pigmented spray inks to give a tattered overall look, but also a sparkly element. This work will be mainly white when completed so the only colour showing will be from this layer.
I’m going to purchase some more inks e.g. blues, greens, silver to build up the tone that I’m aiming for. Basically, I’m aiming for a ‘Winter’ feel. This work will be about coldness and beauty.
On another note, earlier in the week I took a few photographs outside on a creepy moonlit night. I’ve now got it into my head that I need to go outside on a clear evening equipped with my camera and tripod to get some new outdoor photographs of the night sky. Night time photography… there’s some new territory for me! Any helpful hints!?
I’ve managed to create three canvas works that I’m rather happy with. I experimented an awful lot with them using my new spray inks (oooh, I really do love them), modroc and gold leaf. The inks turned out brilliantly and I’ve decided to buy some more in different colours for my next project whatever that shall be!
Now, I just need to tidy up these pieces and do a little tweaking before I’ll be more or less satisfied with them. Still really pleased that they turned out so well for starting off as a completely new experiment.
As for the next thing on the go… I have a fair few ideas in my sketchbook that I want to explore so I’ll see how they turn out. I think I will just do another couple of pieces related to this series… its getting so cold now, I’m finding it hard to stay in the mood for them!