Sketches -People

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Lady1 smallI rarely sketch portraits but every now and again a subject engages me. Sometime ago I discovered some photographs of people living on the streets. The faces just had a story to tell and inspired me to start creating . Here is the first of what will probably be many.

 

Getting ready for Aspex Gallery artist exhibition “Here and now”

I just wanted to share that my Journey series original works are going to be exhibited at the Aspex -Guildhall Gallery in Portsmouth as part of the Here and There exhibition running from the 28th January to the 8th of March http://www.aspex.org.uk/events/here-there-guildhall/
As I rarely frame my works this is also an interesting experience for me as one of the requirements for displaying art work on walls is that they pieces need to be framed, so I am currently arranging for the canvases to be constrained within box frames an interesting experience .

Keeping motivated , getting together with other creatives

It is often easy to become isolated during the creative process and if your not careful this can lead to the old creative block.This is very much the case when much of your income is derived from your creative work.

Well I don’t know about you but I have definitely gone this one at different times… so how to overcome this….. always a difficult one as we all create in different ways …. I am someone who always has a different project on the go be it creating my own work or facilitating creativity in others . It is so easy to spend so much energy on projects that you just simply exhaust your self self preservation kicks in and well.

Ive tried many different ways to get the creative brain cells working again from starting a creative diary to taking a rest then spending some time as a arts tourist , visiting gallerys , reading a good book going to see some live bands etc …. do something totally different from paint balling to rock climbing and testing your comfort threshold …….

On the upside once this has happened and you have come out the other side you realise that the best thing to do is to factor in some relaxation time when your head is next immersed in a project and allow yourself to do something totally different every now and again.

My solution is not to fight it just except that we all need down times the other thought is that you are totally reliant in your artistic endeavor to earn a wage

Creating textural based artworks 1

Many of my art works are quite textual in a appearance I love to work in layers, changing and adapting as it is created.

I am often asked how I create my work  and although there is no one method I thought that I would start to share some of the methods I use with you.

The first approach links to building up a textual base.

Much of my  naturalistic work is based on one at least one photograph that I have taken. I always use my own photographs for this style of working unless I am provided with images by a a client.

To complete more to follow soon

 

 

 

Update re my art exhibition at Greyladies Art Centre

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If you are reading this post because you  have attended this exhibition I just wanted to say thank you for all of your support and kind comments. Now into our 4th day I am glad to say that I have … Continue reading