I can’t believe its been so long since my last blog post. My life recently has been turned upside down, in a good way though. It seems to happen to me quite regularly and every time its the same. I long to get back to making, painting and creating.
I am studying an intensive teacher training course at the moment, which means loads of assignments and research and the reason I have been neglecting my blogging. It’s all good though. It will mean I can follow my dream to teach jewellery and earn a decent living in the arts, something I have wanted so much. Like so many of my generation, my parents insisted I followed a more conventional career route while at school, coming from a family of scientists and engineers I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to study art.
So, finally, I found a spare few days to dust off some of the cobwebs settling in that scatty headed brain of mine and actually produced a piece of art work! It’s such a relief, and phew! I needed it! I even found time to do some baking and am still slowly eating my way through the batch of cookies I made. ( I am trying to be good you know)
So, faced with a huge, blank white canvas & with my favourite large paintbrush in hand, I just had a play, and this is where I ended up! It’s very different to what I normally produce but I needed something fairly free and fast to get me going again.
I remember the last time I had a go at drippy inks on canvas it turned out quite a muddy mess. Now, I think a few huge holes might have ended up in that canvas, which was a waste really as I could have painted over the mess and reused it. I know quite a few artist friends who have trashed their canvases in a fury of artistic temperament, one even set fire to theirs. A few holes seem quite mild in comparison!
This one turned out a bit more successful. Hope you like it.
In my last post I mentioned how I was currently inspired by myth and magic, well, its coming through into my artwork a little now.
The other day I bought myself the biggest canvas in the shop, a huge 100cm x 150cm, lovely chunky box frame too. I drafted a drawing to fill my canvas, the idea was to do a frieze of some sort with lots of female bodies, intertwining, naked, writhing. The drawing turned out quite different and the images were soon based underwater. It turned out it worked better on a square frame so the big canvas will have to wait for another day.
I have really enjoyed working with more muted colours on this and natural flesh tones. Might have to do a whole series now!
‘Sirens‘ – acrylic on canvas – 40 inches x 40inches
One of my favourite artists is Gustav Klimt and I am very much inspired by him at the moment. He was exceptional in the fact that he had no real predecessors or followers although the younger Austrian artist Egon Schiele did admire his work greatly. I just love Klimt’s work, it’s breathtakingly beautiful, yet haunting, and so detailed.
Klimt rarely spoke about himself or his art however this statement sums up what he was like as a person and artist. Sometimes words are hard to find and I can relate to this in several ways.
‘I am certain that there is nothing exceptional about me as a person. I am simply a painter who paints everyday from morning till night….I am not much good at speaking and writing, especially when I have to discuss myself or my work….I am very much afraid you will have to do without a portrait of me. either painted or in words, but that is no great loss. Whoever seeks to know me better, that is to say as an artist – and that’s the only thing worth knowing – should study my paintings and try to glean from them who I am and what I want’
As I have been using gold leaf in my paintings more and more recently I thought I would study Klimt in a bit more depth to gain some insight into his beliefs and ideologies. It was a real challenge and pleasure to do this Klimt pastiche and I enjoyed working with some of his ideas and styles in mind. I used his ‘eye’ motif which he included in works such as Fulfilment and the Portrait of Fritza Riedler. I did want to represent female sexuality as he did, but also the eyes of onlookers, peering secretly at this naked female body.
Since the computer broke and left me with the inability to blog, something also happened to my urge to create jewellery. I wasn’t able to restock certain supplies online and I was feeling pretty cut off from the world. I was in such a good place too, creating some of my strongest jewellery work to date, then suddenly, it was all taken away from me. In this situation I decided to return to my artwork as I just can’t cope with not thinking about ideas, making stuff or getting my hands dirty.
I tend to swap things over when I am ready and reach a plateau of creativity in one field, however this time, I wasn’t quite ready to hang up the pliers just yet.
So, it seems, I am back into painting and drawing, led on by circumstance. It’s very hard to concentrate on two disciplines at once. You need a few months to get really back into the swing of things and let the ideas flow and progress. I had been concentrating on jewellery all year and was really enjoying it. Maybe, after all it was time for a change.
Here is some of the work that I have been doing while I’ve been away from the jewellery making.
Coming to Life
Leaf Pattern II
All the paintings are acrylic on canvas.
The amount of work I have accumulated at home now is ridiculous! I have finally managed to photograph some more work and will be adding a page to my site devoted to artwork and paintings.
I am hoping for the opportunity that they can be shown at the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival in September. Its great that they are given a chance to be shown and appreciated by others. I believe the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival is on the first weekend in September. The art exhibition will be in the Methodist Church.