Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I've still to master the more intricate adjustments my camera has, so these photos taken in poor light are not accurate colour wise. Back to the manual!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I think the main reason for this is that i know what's coming and how I'm going to fill all the empty spaces...at the moment it's just a 'Self Portrait'...but when I've added the rest, it will be an allegorical,metaphorical expression of something special.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I like to explain the way the eye and the mind perceive images by combining many millions of pieces of information and assembling them in the brain. As you know, the retina of your eye is covered in millions of light receptive cells onto which an image received through the iris and focused by the lens is detected.Each cell carries it's piece of information to the brain where it is assembled into what we recognise as a teapot/cow/apple/approaching train etc...
So it is with my art work...an individual dot is easy to perceive and identify...so are two dots..three...five....but the brain is unable to register 50...100...1,000,000 dots individually, so 'lumps' them all together, the combination of dark/light areas are combined in such a way that the brain recognises them as representing a teapot/cow/apple/approaching train/smiling ambulance man etc....
you see the photo of the face...he's an individual, but put him in a seat with a few hundred others and he is part of a crowd....a sea of faces.So all these various parts combine....and it's difficult to initially tell them apart.It's part of my future plans to create a full colour crowd picture containing people I know.
oh....and can you spot where my elderly tennis fan is in the crowd?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
All the strings were suspended hundreds of tiny hooks screwed into the ceiling.Visitors were asked for their opinions as to what they thought and if they considered it to be 'art'. The basic concept of the piece was to depict the passage of time and change.
Finally, here is Annie posing with one of the stone lions dating around 500 years old!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
John Everett Millais
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Below is a good close up of the left eye in the picture..it just gives an interesting perspective on the grouping of the dots. (click on the pic for an extreme close up!)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Eurovision song Contest is an annual televised event which has occurred annually since 1956 The main aim is for each participating country to submit a song which is performed live on the night and is voted for by viewers and panels of judges. Here in the UK, the contest has become rather an object of ridicule after 'political' voting in recent years has created groups of nations voting for each other irrespective of the quality of the song or performance. But some very notable successes have come out of the contest, most famously Abba who represented Sweden in 1974 and then went on to become a multi million record selling group.
Many participating countries enter a song performed by a famous singer from that country. for the UK, it is usually a complete unknown act which sings a song picked by TV viewers earlier in the year.This year the UK's song was written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber who is a respected and internationally known composer (responsible for composing the music for many stage shows such as Phantom Of The Opera,Joseph,Cats....etc). Jade was a performer chosen by TV voters in January and sang 'It's My Time'...the song was voted 5th out of the 25 finalists (42 countries entered the contest ..the number reduced by running two semifinal contests earlier in the week)The winning country then has to host the show the following year. since they won it last year, Russia broardcast this years show form the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.
Each year, two dear friends of ours who live across the road from us hold a party to celebrate the national day of Norway (where they lived for many many years) people from my neighbourhood gather to celebrate and also watch the Eurovision show and try to pick the winner...it's usually accompanied by much good food and drink...and what makes it all the more special is the nationalities of those who attend, the majority from neighbouring houses on our avenue....amongst those there I can identify British,German,Norwegian,Italian,Turkish and Americans there last night.....to make it all the more special for my friends...the Norwegian entry won the contest..A great evening was had by all and my very warm and respectful thanks go to Andrew and Jane for hosting the evening!
*I have removed the photos from this post I suspect their format was going some way to causing the whole blog to look 'odd' on some people's machines.If you want to see the original photo's, you'll have to see my albums on 'Facebook'..
Saturday, May 16, 2009
So it's over to you...what do you think?
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Here I've worked for a few hours, the warmth of the image is coming through now...and yes, it is me yet again, so those of you of a nervous disposition who don't want to look at me for the next month or two...please look away now!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Now I know what you're thinking...I bet he comes back with a crate of beer,crisps and lots of cake.Well no you naughty thing....I buy meals for the week, cat food,toilet rolls ...salad etc....I'm quite capable.But when I got home today,swaggering like the architypal caveman dragging the limp carcass of a Mamoth into the family cave, I started packing all the things away and I was sure I'd bought more stuff, but where was it?...I must have left it at the check out.So I rang the supermarket and confessed my slip up...but the lady I spoke to was only in an office...so not only had I confessed my stupidity to one lady, I had to be put on hold to tell the lady at 'Customer Services' as well. Sadly she was too busy (servicing customers I presume) so the first lady took my number and assured me that she would ask the lady in customer services to call me. I've no idea if she eventually did, because I had to go off on the school run.
But I sat and applied my colossal brain to what I'd bought...looked in the cupboard and looked at my receipt and guess what?....I'd not forgotten any bags at the shop, the lack of some vital sundries was due to the fact that i'd just forgotten to buy them......I must have been thinking about something else!
What the heck am I going on about?.....this is supposed to be a post about art...aren't I supposed to be the bohemian one...aren't i supposed to lounge about surrounded by naked models offering me absinthe by the bucket load?.....Ladies and gentle men...I give you the reality....'my reality'....and i wouldn't have it any other way.....................well perhaps with just one glass of Absinthe would be nice...but the reality of being an artist and responsible dad is just this.
Oh, i nearly forgot......The pencil work above is the very beginning of my new picture...and after all that talk yesterday of 'Nebulae'....my new picture is given the working title of 'Jigsaw'. Tomorrow I shall start dotting.
Below is my workspace...with blank piece of paper before any work....it was a beautiful morning.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
The truth is that the end of an exhibition is a time to be subjective...not good.Thoughts arise that tell you it was a waste of time.If it was for artistic purposes, then all I did was answer the same old questions to a continual line of people who ask "How long does a picture take?"...."Do you ever see dots before your eyes?"...."What gave you the idea to use dots?"...."Do you ever suffer from repetitive strain injury?"...My friend Michael suggested I set up an animatronic version of myself to answer these questions. However, if it was for financial reasons I exhibit...that too would be a waste of time.I managed to cover my costs..and that was all...I'm never going to rid myself of the gnawing possibility that no matter what the depth of talent I have,I'm still going to have to pay the mortgage....That's why I'm off to do role play at 7:30 in the morning...because no matter how cuttingly 'now' or relevant I make my artwork...I'm never going earn more money than when I sit in a CCTV covered room and pretend I have a bad neck.
I told you it would be subjective...(and I've not drunk any alcohol to write this!)...I just feel that life would be so much better with a safe 'nine to five' job...perhaps my relationship with my wife would be good...I'd be a better father and a more dependable friend.....perhaps perhaps perhaps.Some one was looking at my one of my pictures..her partner said "He looks like John Culshaw"...she said "I think he looks like Russel Crowe"...I looked up and said "It's a self portrait....of me"...I thought just for a split second that it was the nicest thing I'd heard all day...
Oh...I was tired of people looking at me painting in water colours and asking "Is this how you do all your paintings?" that I decided to spend the day dotting a new 'Minipix' (see above).Meanwhile...the effort I went to make 10 water colours......they all remain unsold and unconsidered....you know, I think I'm just a curiosity...'The Dot Man'....
Sunday, May 03, 2009
This is the tenth and therefore last in this series of water colours prepared for this weekend's festival.It's another view of the trees up on Radbourne Lane...So far the reaction to my water colours has been OK..but there are so many people producing pictures like this, they are commonplace and they do it so much better than me...people generally want to see and talk about the dot pictures. I don't know what I'm going to do next, it would be natural to embark on a larger sized painting,perhaps that's how I shall pass the time tomorrow.
Below is a photo of my co-exhibitor Michael Stewart's work.The painting uppermost sold yesterday was one that he had nearly not brought along to show..but it was eagerly snapped up by an enthusiastic buyer.I think it was a good choice to exhibit....I like it.