Slow but important work on “Bogland” today. Thinking a lot about Sickert.
It’s been a rough week but finally seeing positives.
Meditate and Release.
Found ‘failed’ middle panel of “Pioneer Studies”. Works on it’s own merit. Must have been a weak link at the time.
Submission sent. A glutton for punishment.
Bit later in the day for studio time but spent longer tonight to make up for it.
Colours are popping and really contrast from the blurred background. Still trying to maintain the mantra of “MAKE EVERY PAINTING A STUDY” but it’s hard when the focal point is a figure where it seems to be falling short.
More integration of sawdust needed? Question everything?
Didn’t get to sleep until 5am. It’s not my fault.
Crisp morning breeze. Brought a rose in.
Staring at work, the foreground, which I tolerated a few weeks ago, now seems flat. Texture, perspective and overlapping of light and shade required.
Amazing day at G &N’s wedding yesterday! Trying to get a bit of studio work in now before a much needed early night!
Frustrating. Two steps forward, two steps back. No better off but not worse off either.
“Never mind that nobody bought them! Do them! Tell your story!”
“He who follows is always behind.”
How to get back in the creative mindset?
‘What gets measured gets done’ is a quote is heard rattled around today.
Plenty of little niggly bits to run through. Let’s not fall into that usual trap of realism!
Am I focusing too much on that main figure?
Right… don’t panic!
Strange birthday. Nothing bad, just strange.
Didn’t get through. Plough on!
Trying not to waste to so much paint. Working on “Sack Race” - shadows and sack texture.
“As an artist you should be the one to sing off key.”
A non-studio art day. Starting new sketchbook. Smaller sale seems to suit drawing technique. I think I came to this realisation some time ago but it must have slipped the memory.
Arena’s Cindy Sherman: #untitled was great! Chameleon. Film stills and centre pieces are still some of my favourite works.