Saturday, January 31, 2009
So weather you're here for the first time, or you're a long time friend, please keep those comments coming,and who knows...you could be responsible for the next piece!?..If you ever do inspire me to create a whole picture..i'll endevour to send you a signed print by way of thanks.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Keeping to my determination to press on with 'Cello Girl' as well as the commission work, here is today's (or rather this evening's) progress.I really enjoyed adding the skull.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
For those of you who read my brothers poetry blog 'Forever England', he is currently in hospital having been rushed in with chest pains yesterday. He's had a scan this morning , the results of which I'm waiting to hear later.I'll let you know how he is next time!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
It's slow going on this one as i mentioned before..as I'm also working on the other piece which i can't show you yet.In many ways , I'm in a similar position to how I was before I left my social work job. I can complete a large drawing these day sometimes in four weeks...but the same size as this picture would take around nine months to complete when I was in my previous job.
Friday, January 23, 2009
This is of course not so true for those who work in shifts..for the nursing and care workers..for those who work through out the night...for those who keep the fabric of society running and safe..for Parents ..those who mourn..those who await news from abroad of sons missing in action...
The rhythm of life runs through out all and in all...we take make our steps...we get it wrong...we try again..we join with others...we learn to dance...we are always beginners, because the dance always changes. But we are not alone no matter how alone we feel...for there is nothing new under the sun...and under the sun we are...upon this ball of rock hurtling through the firmament...alone and yet not alone...may I have this dance?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I've also been doing more role play. For those of you who don't know about this line of work, I'll explain. My wife Jan is the midlands contact person for a company called 'Professional Role Players' Based in London they employ actors to provide role playing for various clients.Usually organisations that have professional contact with the public e.g:..Psychiatric services, social services, emergency services etc..It gives an opportunity to train in specific scenarios dealing with the public in difficult situations...This week I was role playing for The Royal College Of Psychiatrists. To become registered with them, a psychiatrist has to pass a series of exams..part of which is to be presented with a series of scenarios in which the candidate has ten minutes to reach an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.They are usually faced with twelve scenarios one after the other...each scenario is in an enclosed 'station' within which is the role player and an examiner/assessor.To be able to run the examinations for real, a trial or pilot session is arranged as a mock. The purpose being to test run the scenarios and 'tweak' the way they are written if needed.
It's tough for the candidate as progression around the twelve stations takes approximately two hours.On Monday I played the husband of a woman who'd had a series of extramarital affairs..she was currently seeing her gym instructor.(If I was married to me..I'd be seeing a gym instructor too!). Basically I was suffering depression and anxiety at work as I found my job becoming difficult and on the verge of redundancy. I was not allowed to mention my wife's affairs of my worries concerning home life unless the candidate asked me..because as far as I was concerned, I just wanted something to help me cope at work(which 50% of the candidates failed to do). The candidate then went on to the next station where they met my wife who proceeded to tell them that I had tried to suffocate her on one occasion for a previous affair..had been violent and abusive..and was now carrying a knife and was on my way to kill the gym instructor!..the successful candidate would piece all this together and call the police to detain me...
It was great fun being part of this, and with the added bonus of being well fed and paid. But it's back to the day job afterwards. Tomorrow I was booked to role play for the Benefits Assessment Services..however I had a call today to say I was not needed. Because of the late nature of the cancellation, I will still get paid however!...and I can now spend more time on my artwork.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I've been out doing role play again today, back at Nottingham University, but i've got two straight days to give to my work now......see you tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
If you think back to last year, you might remember that two of my pictures were chosen to exhibit at 'The View From Above' gallery in Nottingham...the exhibition was to introduce new talent to a wider audience. six artists would be selected from the show to exhibit this year. A big thank you to all those who responded and made comments to the gallery's blog, but I was not selected this time. I will try again later this year.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
This evening,drugged up...and happily warm..I sit and contemplate where my new picture is going..this is good...can it get any better?....Yes it can!...Derby County beat Manchester United in the Semi Final (first leg) of The Carling Cup!......Ronaldo who?
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
When viewed against the back drop of suffering throughout the world, I have nothing to complain about!
But on to better things...I'm now working again after a lay off greater than any I've had during my professional time as an Artist. I'm sure some of you will be puzzled about my lack of posting especially since for the last however many months, I've churned out day after day the results of my work. I think it's entirely natural and positive to find one's inspiration dry up....it causes one to take stock..recuperate and then actually recognise when a good idea actually comes along. I'm hoping that my next piece will be just that..'A good Idea'...I've decided to put my last piece 'enigma' on ice for the time being...I just ran out of feeling for yet another picture of myself. So I hope you'll allow me to follow my muse and let it happen.
We'll have our heating back tomorrow, so my fingers will once again feel warm....