Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I've progressed the sky to the far left..I have yet to complete the large planet above the coach, then I shall be free to work on the steam coming from the engine.
As promised yesterday, I can now reveal that the gesture of my left hand is a circle created by touching my thumb to my index finger. Now plenty of people more learned than I will probably correct me, but from what I have studied, the 'Mudras' are hand gestures which convery different meanings and are also an aid in meditation. I specifically chose the Gyan Mudra because it is an aid to mental peace and creativity. One document explained that it's presence symbolically in art is there to promote peaceful and intellectual discussion .It's use in 'Teatime' is my way of saying that ( as in all my work) objects and thier representation in relation to other objects signify important messages within the meaning of the picture.
GYAN MUDRAYogic Tranquilizer.
Its practice ensures
Concentration of the mind
and Sharp Memory,
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
(I recommend forwarding to 2:29 for the appropriate bit!)
I know I've posted this before..but I just wanted to do so again. Over the years, my work has evolved to the extent that I now have quite a cast of characters who pop up in my compositions...a regular feature has been the 'Cello Girl'..characterised by her dark bobbed hair cut and frilly knickers..oh and the cello of course...although not always. So having lived with the image of this gorgeous female which as a creation of my own imagination has haunted and teased me for many years, you'll probably understand my amazement to discover this little clip from 'The Merry widow'...a French TV production by Baile de la Opereta La Viuda Alegre y final by Fran Lehar .which appears to show a secession of my 'Cello Girls' almost exactly as I've imagined them for years. Needless to say I find this clip inspiring and will certainly use it's influence in future work.
Hope you enjoy it..watch to the end to see some wonderfully represented french Can can dancing!
Posted by Niall young at 21:17
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Hello and welcome to my pool of light. I thought I'd share this photo (I've shown similar ones before)..firstly just to show you my ideal setting for my work...in pool of light...I like to work with my laptop open and running...my little black and white TV glowing, and a daylight bulb in the lamp. I love the strangely cocooned effect the darkness crates...and as the dusk progresses to darkness, outside I can see the boundaries of three counties...the sulphurous glow of orange streetlights stretch out to the horizon like a sea of stars...I set the self timer on my camera to take this pic...
I then had to drive up into the Peak District to pick Annie up who was staying with friends in their caravan. Was beautiful to get into the country for a while. We drove back via a supermarket where I had to pick up a few essentials...(Cheese, eggs, alcohol..). then at home it was time to cook! So I really didn't get down to any serious work until this evening.
So here I sit at the end of yet another day..thankful that I have the opportunity to create my fantasies on paper and bring them to life...I wonder where it will all lead...I wonder if I'm just being self indulgent..but I'm sure of one thing...If I weren't doing this..I think I'd die.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
We sailed out and around the famous Bass Rock (see photos) which is home in the summer months to tens of thousands of Gannets who nest there each year...then to Fidra upon which the Puffins nest...however after getting caught in some very choppy sea and buffeted around, it became apparent that the Puffins had migrated some time before!
at least the sea calmed a little later and Jan and Annie were handed the rods to do some fishing. they caught around 27 Mackerel which when we got home, they gutted! Kay put some of the fish in a smoking oven and barbecued others. they were delicious!
Back home now and back to work...you can see the progress I've made on the sky today having completed around 5 hours of dotting.
John preparing the boat for transfer to the water...Annie in the foreground...Kay on the boat.
At sea approaching the Bass Rock
Up close, you can see the huge amounts of Gannets airborne as well as on the nests.
Here's Jan gutting one of the Mackerel
Here we all are enjoying a glass of red!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Here's a close up of the first stages of work on the sky, you'll also see that as I mentioned yesterday, the upper border has now been established (see below) and it alters the whole feel of the picture making it a little more concentrated.
Friday, August 12, 2011
whilst out for my run this evening ( 3.25 miles)..I had a great flash of inspiration for part of my next picture...OK, so I know I often have flashes and they never materialise...but they do feature in my sketch book and there they often reside until they're needed. So I'm not promising anything, but hopefully when this piece is finished I can show you what I've been inspired with. Incidentally, it was because of something someone said to me..was it you?...stay tuned!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Another 5 hours of unrelenting dotting...mainly on the bridge and the carriage..it's fairly mindless work but in another way, it's quite hypnotic. I also listen to music...today I was able to listen to radio coverage of the second day of the third test Match between England and India..
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I worked for just over 6 hours today on the bridge..I'm quite pleased with the effect and the fact that I was able to spend so long a time on it...I decided I'd have a rest day from Power Walking /running. Below is a closer look at the area i've worked on...it's now quite weird looking at the 'me' from early May..I look nothing like that now!
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Just working on the carriage today...it's rather laborious but necessary! I also had to take my car to be serviced and have it's MOT...which it passed . I was also really pleased to see that I've now lost just short of 3 stone!! My power walks continue , but I've begun to concentrate on running as well...this evening I ran 2.8 miles...I usually run in the evenings, the dusk making the streets more ethereal and magical!
I earlier discovered this interesting magazine cover featuring singer Jessie J...nice dress!.In view of my current picture and my often featured 'Starman', I thought I'd include the image here!
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
The steam engine is almost finished...the detail in the cab is purposefully left for now until I work on the sky and steam...I shall also add in the driver and fireman...depending inn the darkness of the sky..the cab could be illuminated by the fire.
I know I'm getting a few hundred hits on this site each week, but very few comments...so don't be shy..let me know what you think..tell me what you like to see...you'd be amazed at how many of my pictures came into being because of comments people have made!
See you again tomorrow!