Friday, 8 May 2009

So... a long gap between blogs, thats not good!


Things have been fairly busy in my non-art life, but I have finally moved back into my studio, having spent the colder months painting in the conservatory. I no longer share the barn with a drum kit or sound system, and the room is entirely my own, to mess up as I like...


I have a large square canvas sat on the easel, some brushes that could do with a clean and a fantastically huge amount of paint that I seem to have accumulated and stored all over the place. I also have a headful of paintings from the holidays in Scotland and Devon, till recently blocked by the 'how do I paint?' question. It is a difficult issue for me, as someone who listens to people so much and allows so much influence in! I have been really enjoying painting out with Mark and Colin and will continue to do that (on bus & bike, as I now have no car) but the work I get excited about is the more abstract such as Of Sea and Shore, see below. These paintings just say so much more about me. It has to be said that the more representational work has, so far, been more saleable, but I've never wanted that to affect the way I paint. I want the work I exhibit to be the work that I love and am proud to show...
I've contacted several galleries this morning, in London, Edinburgh and Cornwall, and am just really keen to promote the work I feel is good and get it out to a wider audience. Feeling inspired by the marketing skills of my fellow artists! I had a great night out last night with Gareth, Heather, Mark, Colin and Julian - it was great to hear positive news about their respective exhibitions, galleries and work.
Anyway, I have a few hours left in which to paint! Will try not to leave it as long this time...