Monday, 7 September 2015

Slippery People - which way is up?

It's a quarter of a year since I wrote anything in this blog. Since then it's been a good summer. I came off the drugs bit by bit and had a good holiday, followed by a lazy summer in Bize. My painting has stalled. As a result of the back and as a result of lack of courage. I want to get on with the oil/portrait series that has been underway for a while now, but around me are a stack of unfinished canvases. The only thing I've finished in the last few months is this one:
Slippery People
Acrylic on Canvas
Definitely not a portrait. I called it Duck Theory at first. (That's how it appears on my website.) And I can remember why I called it that, but don't think that was a good reason. I now prefer the alternative title "Slippery People" - another Talking Heads title. I've done a few of them over the years. I don't like pictures without titles. "Untitled 14" annoys the crap out of me, as do pretentious bollocks titles people attach to abstracts: "The darkness of the southern wind". All abstracts relate to SOMETHING. A title might give a clue or mislead, but it makes an interesting talking point. Using son lyrics/titles for me at least honestly reflects something about process - I always paint to music. And songs and rhythm influence what I paint - movement, colour.... Also, I now think it may be better this way up, landscape rather than portrait - which is how it was originally. But what the hell, if you buy it you can hang it any way you like and call it whatever you like. You pays your money...