Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
It was a funny start to the day today..I had to get the kids ready for school..etc..then as i was making the packed lunches, I looked out of the kitchen window and saw a beautiful sunrise..I ran upstairs with my camera to get a picture before it disappeared off into the clouds. There are things in life that come and go, they sometimes present themselves to us for only a fleeting moment..it is up to us to judge weather to reach out and take the opportunity or not..but often when we don't..we are left with regret.
I'm glad I didn't miss the opportunity to see this..the gap in the clouds was so small..the event had passed only a minute later.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I've spent the whole working day on what you see here..around 5 hours so far.I've managed to create the effect of the seams up the front of the bodice and I think the buttons look OK.(Imagine doing those up each morning?..I guess that's why one has a maid?!) I'm also being a little more fastidious because it's Julie.
I had an idea which is a little daft. Why don't I advertise my services to produce high quality portraits where the customer can have themselves in any situation/costume/era etc...? If you were able to have a custom made portrait...what would you chose?
Here's a view from a couple of days ago..firstly you'll get an idea of the scale of the picture, and secondly , you can see my little sketch book in which i'm working on how the background will look. I usually get plenty of time to play around with ideas for the back ground ...I've now spent just under 50 hours on the actual picture and won't start work on the scenery for another day or so! It is however important to know what i'm going to do when the time comes.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Therefore I would like to honour these wonderful people who each in there very own special ways have come to mean so much to me and have managed to revolutionise my life!
http://houseofkewpie.blogspot.com/ Julie's Blog
http://justamotheroftwo.blogspot.com/ Preeti's blog
http://devilmood.blogspot.com/ Devil Mood's blog
http://english-is-cool.blogspot.com/ Jonice's blog
http://tysonice.blogspot.com/ Tys' blog
Saturday, January 26, 2008
It's funny. I now have in a suitcase in the Attic, all my Mothers diary's. whilst she was alive, she made us promise never to read what was in them...and we never did. I have made the same statement..and my diaries have remained viewable only to my eyes.
I wonder, do you keep a diary?..what do you use it for?I like to think that at the end of the day, I can 'offload' my day onto the pages. i also mark notable events and all sorts of peculiar stuff.It makes reading them years later very interesting, and also enlightening to see how my ideas, concepts and thinking has changed. What will people make of me when I'm no longer alive?...Well, I'll hardly be in any position to do anything about it will I?
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Some of you may have been expecting a rather 'cute' rendition of Oskur playing with this wooden figure..but as with many of my recent works..a rather darker aspect is emerging. I am trying to push the 'envelope' which defines my work..be a little bolder..a little more outspoken.The meaning?..well for once, i will refrain from any revelations..in fact a quote I have recently discovered will suffice:
"Everyone wants to understand art.Why not try to understand the song of a bird?Why does one love the night,flowers,everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting..people have to understand...People who try to explain paintings are barking up the wrong tree."
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I've spent around 4 hours completing the back and head of the figure...you'd think I'd be bored out of my head wouldn't you?...and you'd be right!But it has to be done and will look effective with the sky I plan to put behind it.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I loved the comments in response to yesterdays post about who would play yourself in a film of your life. To make it more interesting..today you have to find a person of the opposite sex to play you ....in fact a whole 'meme' could develop around this theme..including genre, director, supporting actor/actress, musical score etc..... or maybe I should just stick to drawing pictures?
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Apologies for no update on picture today..I've done very little..and had to attend a family gathering.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The pose I've chosen for Oskur happened by accident..his shoulders were to have been visible above his head, his right shoulder was to have filled the left of the page here..but a more dynamic pose suggested itself showing him almost looking around the figure..I like this better than what I had planned before..
I'm off to scratch myself now and look in the fruit bowl for a banana.....ook! Why?..well read the comments section on yesterday's post!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Yesterday I posed a question relating to the sketch. ..the Artist in question was of course Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973. Apparently the drawing was done on August 30 1951, and is of Genevieve Laporte who was a French Resistance fighter in WW2. but it shows that no matter what you feel about the artists later choice of expression, he did have a very keen and accurate sense of line and form.
So well done to all of you who got it right..a weeks complementary accommodation for each of you in my palatial country retreat with all the champagne you can drink and access to your own personal masseuse and beauty therapist!
Monday, January 14, 2008
I feels good to be off on another adventure.The preparation time before starting has been reduced simply by starting before all the elements have been refined and finalised.This si an ongoing process which requires some particular concentration as you will see in due course. Mean while..I have presented the photographs in order of the most recent at the top. At the bottom is my initial sketch onto the paper before inking. It is unusual for me to 'sketch' directly onto the paper with out preparing a finished drawing in another book, making a tracing and transferring it by that method.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The blank page holds fear for many an artist/author/composer...(well probably not composer because they have lines already drawn!..but you know what i mean!) Is it fear of the unknown?..is it a fear that the first mark may be the wrong mark?..is it that when I make my first dot..i know it's a road which will carry me through to another month?.will it be this time I'm revealed as a fraud?..have i actually done my best work and it's now down hill forever more?....What happens if I dare not make the first mark?..I know writers get a 'block'...maybe that will happen here?..maybe you'll have read my last post here...
You see..some people marvel at the finished work of the artist..but it's sometimes a marvel that the artist ever starts in the first place!!......
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
"The festival known to modern scholars as the Oreibasia (whose name means "mountain running") took place during the winter months at Delphi. Official delegations from many cities including Athens came to this festival. Plutarch describes the rescue of a group of Thyiads who unwittingly wandered into the city of Amphissa in Phocis during a time of war, and exhausted by their frenzy, fell asleep in the marketplace. The women of Amphissa, fearing that harm would come to them, stood watch silently around them until they revived and could be given a hot dinner and safe conduct to the borders."
I hope to bring you a new piece very soon which is very exciting...watch this space!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
After I posted the the above paragraph..I went back to work on the top part of the picture and have sorted out the bits I didn't like..I find it frustrating that you don't get to see the picture at it's full size..it's much more dynamic and detailed. Here is a closeup photo which shows me working on the ghostly face in the background.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I'm moving into the last couple of days on this now..I need to get to work on something new.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
The drawing above was The first time I used dots to compose an entire picture. (11-9-76).It is copied from a photograph I took at the old Peartree Railway Station in Derby . The drawing below although done a few days later on 13 - 9 -76 is less refined..I had yet to develop the patience with which I am currently blessed!
I'm really pleased I saved these old sketches..but there were hundreds more that sadly got thrown away over the years. For this reason, I always advise people who ask me about working as an artist, never to throw away your sketches/sketch books/ working drawings.If for nothing else, they can serve to remind you of how your work has developed over time. i have a large amount of sketchbooks dating back many years now with all my ideas in....99% of them are worthless, but a few ideas are sitting there to be reworked one day and find their way into a full scale piece.
Friday, January 04, 2008
I would like to focus a little on the learning curve that my work is going through at the moment. But a lot of what is going on inside my creative little head is due in some great measure to the influence of Julie Schuler. I've mentioned her work many times before, but if you haven't visited her site recently, then I urge you to do so.Julie is preparing for an exhibition coming up in the spring..along with another talented artist Annie McVicar. Julie is working on a series of Nursery rhythm interpretations.The detail and atmosphere with which Julie presents her compositions has caused me to stare in wonder and respect. the richness of imagery is to me something that I'd like everyone to enjoy,and one day perhaps the whole world will. But for now, have a look and see what I'm going on about...you can also order online prints and some pretty special Valentine cards too.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
I'll perhaps tell you what this picture is about when i get to the end.