Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Friday, November 17, 2006
I feel like a walking zombie at the moment. With that in mind, I've decided to press on with my next project. Out of the couple of ideas I've got ready, I've decided to go down the route of a Self Portrait. I came up with a great idea using candles (Which I love) and which symbolise the twilight world I walk in just now (metaphorically speaking)..I set up and took a whole lot of photos, then sat down to go through them and edit down a few for possible consideration. Eventually settled on one in particular that pleased me.
I'm off upstairs now to start work on the pencil drawing. Why don't you check back later and follow my progress?
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Putting dots of paint onto the picture meant colours could easily be mixed as we went along
The idea is to cover the whole area in paint..sadly this included the carpet and various sleeves and knees!!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I could only stand in reverence..a gentle sound of the breeze, the smell of decaying leaves ..the yellow and the gold all snugly sitting under a grey sky. The plaintive melodies of an old Genesis tune crept into my senses ('Evidence of autumn') A beautiful song that stired my heart, time seemed to stand still for a while and I was lost to my reverie.. Then like the moment when you wake just one minute before the alarm clock jangles your sleep clouded mind..I knew it was time to leave ..
As I left, I looked over my shoulder expecting my dreamlike self to be running off under the trees, hand in hand with my Muse...I turned instead and was sure that I now had all I needed to weave a little magic.
Monday, November 13, 2006
At last the penultimate Arboretum picture. OK..so they're nice to look at, but I am finding that I'm going stale doing the same thing over and over (I've done 11 now). So ..time for a change!
I might come back to this format later..maybe even change the focus slightly..perhaps views of Derby..other parks...people..etc..Let me know what you think..often I have embarked on a subject after someone has made a suggestion.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
An odd sort of day. Jan left just after 6:00am to take part as an extra in a film: 'When did you last see your father?'..I took Annie to her dance lesson at the Derby Dance Centre. A surreal place to be..All middle class Mums and Dads sitting with their Blackberry's and Lattes..I decided to immerse myself in my book: 'Tis' by Frank McCourt.. After spending 45 mins in New York getting drunk and getting drafted for the Korean war, I picked Annie up and headed into town. It's Jan's birthday tomorrow and I still hadn't bought her anything. Annie was patient and tolerant of me. I spoke with her later about how the world must appear to her being dragged along on the end of a huge hand staring at all the giants crowding around her...At one point we stopped in the middle of a stream of bustling bodies to look up..The Eagle Centre is having lots of building to create the Westfield development. Above us was a circular window looking up to the scaffoling and cranes..We both exclaimed a "Wow!"...It was majestic and very not Derby..
Having spent our money we jumped in a taxi home. I've spent the whole day with her..(Sam and Will are out..Sam is now with Jan in Nottingham watching a couple of Harold Pinter plays. )..It was a special time. A Father and Daughter should spend time together. She sees the world in such a wonderful way and asks questions of the things I should know..We end up looking for the answers together.
After reading 'Tracy Beaker' she is now asleep. The house awaits the return of the boys and Jan. I feel like I've had a significant event but will not know the outcome for some time.
Friday, November 10, 2006
The only other big news this week is: Genesis are to do a series of live shows next summer. I saw a Web Cast last night detailing the re-union plans. They will play Twickenham and Old Trafford around July I think. I have to go!!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Couldn't resist getting this picture onto paper. It'll be a complex mix of yellows, golds and greens.
Welcome back!..Have managed to finish this..Notice the ray of light from the sun left of the tree trunk. I was able to achieve this effect using a rubber! I've now got to prepare for my lesson at School. I need to think over a couple of things. Julie the Head Teacher has asked me if I would consider working at the School two afternoons a week to run art lessons (in addition to the afterschool sessons I run now). I still don't know what to do and she needs an answer today!! Perhaps a walk in the Arboretum before hand will help to clear my thoughts. Check back later to find out what I have decided.
I was telling my son Sam yesterday that when I was at his school..I was asked by the teacher in the first year what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said there were only two things I wanted to do: 1. Be an Artist 2. Be a fighter pilot in the RAF................One out of two ain't bad!(I guess that means I've now grown up!)How many people can say they're able to do the thing they really wanted to do?...I only went full time this last January...I'm nearly 45...you can make your dreams come true also..just dare to believe!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Despite my busy day, I've managed around 3 hours on this.
Today I sat at Littleover School surounded by eager disbelieving teenagers who all wanted to know how long the pictures took, how do I do them? etc.....In the corner three girls were playing violins/violas...Vivaldi,Albinoni I think it was..and it was somehow very magical. It was at that very school one MR.Brown once encouraged me to pursue a career in art...he even gave me my first technical pen which I think was a Rapidograph...I looked into the eyes of the gathered students, and there it was...all that potential...screaming out..the future of mankind so to speak. Perhaps if I can influence just one person to look at their world with the kind of eyes that ask why?..the kind of mind that wants to interpret it all and draw, paint, sculpt..write...I will have acheived Alchemy! and the world will be a better place.
We had a great time making these tree pictures. The children of year one worked hard. They were made on painted hardboard. The tape was common decorators masking tape. Once we'd marked out the tree and it's branches using the tape, we just scribbled over it all with coloured pencil crayons. At the end of the session, we peeled the tape off to expose the tree beneath!.......simple!
Hi..Busy day ahead of me. I'm off to do an appearance at 'Art Week' in Littleover School over lunch time. I will display my work in the Main Entrance Hall and let pupils see me working on my current picture. I'm then off to ST.James to do a class with year one children. I've planned a great activity which I'll illustrate for you later when I've got some photos.
Monday, November 06, 2006
For this picture, I'm working from a photo I took which is of an area almost in the frame of the previous piece. imagin if you can walking across the grass and towards the railings under the trees..that's where you'll find this comes from!
Wouldn't it be great to produce a series of pictures for all Derby's wonderful parks?
Here is the finished piece. I'm actually very pleased with this!..it's got a richness and depth. I must try some larger format drawings with this intensity sometime......next please!
It's good to get back to work..I actually feel like it again. ~I'm currently trying to raise a bit of interest in my work by contacting initially Claire at the Derby Tourist Information. She has been very encouraging with her comments and I hope that through her contacts, I'll increase my audience and potential.
This picture is currently the longest in production of the series..it's a challenge to get the richness of the leaves in he foreground..but I will manage it..on with the dance!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
To old friends !
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Work is progressing well..a beautuful crisp sunny morning. I sit upstairs in my bedroom to work, It's south facing so gets the full sun in the late morning and afternoon. Perfect for the close intense work that I do.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Spent around 5 hours working on this piece today..I took it with me to ST. James School for my art class. One little girl asked me what part of the park it was showing. When I said Rosehill Street, she said she recognised the railings under the trees.
I find I am drawn to the Arboretum..reluctant to miss a leaf that falls..it changes by the moment and is beautiful in all times. I long to be the 'champion' of the trees..the gaurdian of beauty..I am reminded of a wonderful poem written by an old friend of mine called Carol. She wrote of "The trees that live with us"..creating an intimate but cathedral like ambience to their longevity. I too feel that reverence to their towering majesty of green and gold.