Acrylic on Paper
Sunday, 28 July 2013
I'm working on a big painting at the moment. P100 in french style = 165x114 cm = 45x65 inches. Which means I can work on smaller stuff at the same time - whilst waiting for paint to dry. On which subject it's weird at the moment because of the heat, which is encouraging me to combine and mix media. Everything is melting and liquify, but dries quicker on canvas. But oils still take ages to dry of course, which I can't get used to (I've only used them for about 30 years...). Anyway, here's a quick one on paper in acrylics,
Saturday, 27 July 2013
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine
So this is what happened to the "Street Life" canvas I was working on - much improved painting I think, and much improved title. If you want to know more about Hippolyte Taine look at this on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippolyte_Taine
|The Wisdom of Cats|
Mixed Media on Canvas 60x72
Thursday, 25 July 2013
It is so hot painting, even with my shirt off and a fan blasting away at me. It also effects the texture and drying times of the paint. So here are two different paintings, using different mixed media. The first is a mix of acrylics, spray acrylic, pen acrylic, acrylic ink and acrylic paint on canvas. The second is on paper (for oils) and is painted with oils - paint and sticks plus a blob or two of acrylic.
Acrylics on canvas
Mixed Media on paper
I'm not sure about the first - it may need more work. I kind of like the simplicity in one way, but in other ways it just doesn't look finished. I guess I'll have another look tomorrow. Now it's time to open a beer and cook dinner.
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Monday, 8 July 2013
Given his pro-Tory Thatcher-supporting history, I always felt a bit uncomfortable having my work on Saatchi's website, but then again, he's always promoted and supported art. Now though I think it's enough, and I have removed my work from his site. I have no wish to have my work associated with a man who (allegedly) physically abuses women. Just as I did with RedBubble when they took a stand defending apparent Nazi sympathisers. I am being slightly careful with my words because I can't afford to be sued, obviously. I'm a broke artists unlike millionaires Saatchi and co. He can't sue me for calling him a millionaire, can he? Can he sue me for calling him a fuckwit? Don't think so.
Sunday, 7 July 2013
So off I went yesterday morning to Bordeaux. There was no train until 9am, and the last one back was due to leave at 5.30pm, so I was looking at a day of 7 hours on a train and 4 hours painting. Mad, but what the hell - why not? The journey was on an old French intercity train - similar to the ones in the UK, except in the Uk they're the best you can get. In France these really are the poor relations of the TGV. If this had been a TGV the journey would have been at least an hour less each way, but the journey was comfortable enough, via Carcassonne and Toulouse and a couple of other places I've never heard of. To my relief the train actually arrived slightly early, so I made it to the Boesner shop - venue for the concours (competition) with some time to spare - enough to eat a merguez sandwich and a glass of cold white wine - extremely desirable on the hottest day of the year so far - around 38ºc (that's just over 100ºf in old money). Some guy played music on an electric keyboard, singing along in amusing english and the event kicked off. There were about 20 contestants there, and we were each given a 1m square canvas (or a piece of paper as one person chose) plus a table, easel and a packet of basic paints (acrylics - since it's an acrylic painting competition), as well as a goody bag featuring a canvas art bag, various catalogues, some spray paints and a sketchbook. We had been forearmed with info, so knew to bring other materials - paint, brushes etc - that we needed. I plugged in my iPod and got painting. We all were obliged to stick to the theme "Morocco", but that was pretty much where similarities ended. Having done a couple of concours before i was better prepared than I had been before, and pretty much knew what I was going to paint - and had some sketches with me I had done of symbols, shapes etc, and some colour notes. One or two other contestants worked similarly, but most I discovered were painting from photographs. Anyway, below are some photos of the concours, and you can see the variety of styles:
This guy used similar symbols to me - we'd both done the same internet research. His colours were based on the Moroccan flag. He was second to finish.
This woman painting below looked like she might not finish in time. There was only about 30 minutes left at this point.
So last of course is my painting. Am not in a position to judge, but am reasonably happy with it. My wife says I better win, because she wants a holiday in Morocco. Me too, but I'd take one of the runner up spots which includes hundreds of euros worth of art materials. All these go on exhibit in Bordeaux now, and I gather the winners are announced some time in August. Wish me luck.
|Moroccan Window 4|
100x100cm, Acrylic on canvas