Welcome to a quick introduction of some of my sketchbook pages and some canvas work in progress. I’m experimenting a lot with colour in these!
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!
Again, just another blog entry I’ve been putting off for as long as I could!
Here’s my fancy new studio space that I’ve created in my garage. Its a cold and damp place, so very similar other studios around this part of the world! But its also a great big space that I can get covered in paint anywhere I like.
And of course, here are some works in progress… I do love my colours, as you can tell!
First of all some good news for my blog, I’ve reached 500 views this week! Fantastic! Helped mainly by the apple fell down of course. A subsequent conversation got me thinking… how can someone improve their blog to gain more followers and to reach a wider audience? Most of the blogs I follow have tutorials, hints and tips, or interesting notes about life within an art career. Mainly, they’re about things I find interesting and appeal to my own situation.
As for my own blog, I think it’s important to update regularly. This sounds a lot easier than it is, I’m sure anyone who keeps a blog have moments where they simply don’t have time for an update. If it’s a fairly new blog and you don’t give out regular information, I do think a lot of people will simply believe that the blog won’t be going anywhere in the future. Having said that, just updating regularly won’t guarantee you an audience!
Most of my posts follow the work I’m creating and what I plan to do next. That’s it. I’m closing doors already by not writing about anything else. I think I should focus a bit more on other areas too, such as recent exhibitions I’ve been to see or examining artists I find of interest. That way I can collect my thoughts about a specific area and at the same time give people something of interest to read. Perhaps this is what would allow me to reach a wider range of people.
Back to the usual format, this is how my canvas is coming along this week. You may not be able to see, but the canvas has been worked back, dried ink has been peeled off and I’ve painted over the top. I’ve also added some silver foil in a flowing pattern. This will be sprayed over with ink when my desired colours arrive, this canvas is far too vibrant for what I have planned. Whilst wet, I employed one of my favourite techniques. I took a sheet of foil and pressed it down onto the canvas. After a length of time, I peeled it away to take off the new layers of ink and to show the older areas underneath. This is such a great technique. When you work backwards, you never quite know what you’re going to end up with. It could be a complete disaster! And if it is, you just do it again and again until you’re completely satisfied.
On another note, my camera disappeared earlier this week (I eventually found it in the drawer I had already looked in) and so haven’t tried to take any photographs in the dark yet, although I have been looking up various techniques online. I’m seriously doubting whether my camera is good enough for night time photography, but I will find out for sure soon enough. I finish work late in the evenings, so there is no valid excuse not to go out and take some photographs!
Last but by no means least, I’m very pleased to say I’ve been given the opportunity to work within a gallery space over the next couple of months. I’ve yet to find out exactly what I’ll be doing but it’s such an exciting opportunity that I just can’t wait for it to start!
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!?