WALKING AWAY – AGAIN

another look at the art of painting from photographs… The two pictures presented below have both featured in previous posts (here and here), but neither with their template photographs. The “Walking Away” is particularly interesting to me as it has the penned grid over the girl drawn onto the photo itself. Generally, as far asContinue reading “WALKING AWAY – AGAIN”

DRAWING LIGHT AND SHADE…

and the dramatic potential of the humble pencil… My recent post on line drawing was so well received that I thought I would follow it up with this look at a set of my more studied drawings from 1996. The images here will be familiar to some, as they form the basis of one ofContinue reading “DRAWING LIGHT AND SHADE…”

YEARNING FOR THE TUBE…

…and a nostalgia for drab normality A fact of the current restrictions upon our normal lives is at once curious, obvious and virtually universal; that being the loss of, and consequent longing for, normal, boring, and even tedious everyday experience. Missing erstwhile unremarkable pleasures of life, like going to the pub, restaurants and concerts isContinue reading “YEARNING FOR THE TUBE…”

PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS – mundane craft or true modern art?

Photography has played an ever-growing role in my picture-making since the first day of the second term, of my second year at Saint Martin’s School of Art. It was a bleak winter’s day in 1980 and I remember feeling particularity depressed about the direction – or lack of direction to be precise that my paintingContinue reading “PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS – mundane craft or true modern art?”

NINE SAINTS OF SANTIAGO

MY PICTORIAL tribute to nine great kids Regular readers of these posts will be aware of how prominently our 1991 trip to Chile has featured, and of its main purpose; for Dido to study the role of folk dance as a therapeutic tool to support social integration and participation for children with learning problems. ThusContinue reading “NINE SAINTS OF SANTIAGO”

“WORKERS IN THE FIELD”

AND THE “LITTLE RED” ICE LOLLY I think I’ve mentioned before on these pages how, very occasionally, I had my uses to the powers-that-be at Saint Martin’s School of Art. While generally I was shunned by most of the tutors for my work being “hopelessly representative”, every-so-often, when they required the services of someone withContinue reading ““WORKERS IN THE FIELD””

The eternal mystery of how?

or, getting it right and not knowing why… I began drawing when I was a young boy. Not because I ever enjoyed it, or got any particular satisfaction out of it, but simply because I always could and it helped me get through the many school lessons I found otherwise pointless and boring – specificallyContinue reading “The eternal mystery of how?”

VARIATIONS ON THEMES

obsession or INTERPRETATION? Generally, one associates the concept of theme and variations with music. From Classical to Heavy Rock (e.g. Brahms’ wonderful takes on that tune of Haydn’s or more recently Leslie West’s fabulous live improvised versions of his own Swan Theme on the album Flowers of Evil) and all idioms in between and beyond,Continue reading “VARIATIONS ON THEMES”

THREE DAYS IN DUBLIN (or mental ramblings from a bar stool) – Day 1

Art and Fish (National gallery of Ireland) Simon entered the gallery together with no fewer than three large groups of primary school girls. Giggling, squealing, pushing; their teachers straining to maintain order. One group wore tartan skirts, another wore tracksuits of royal blue and the last were in grey cardigans and slacks. As they enteredContinue reading “THREE DAYS IN DUBLIN (or mental ramblings from a bar stool) – Day 1”

FIRST AND nearly LAST – the evolution of my painting on canvas…

Moreover, they exposed something even more interesting – at least to me – of the dramatic alteration in my spirits and emotions from that heavily pressured time at art school to my days as a world-travelling free painting spirit…

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