NB:- "Imprint": washes over selected charcoal marks makes for a more painterly and softer outcome whilst still retaining the drawing element - it's just not as overwhelming. Marrying the two worlds. Artistically I'm in a good place. It's utilising time more effectively.
On Hodler's "Night": covered figure personifies death as an intensification of sleep. On the back of the canvas Hodler wrote: "There is many a people who lies down to rest in the evening but who does not wake up in the morning."
"Riot" and "Chidren of the Stage" started.
Haven't painted on board in two years. Keep forgetting how forgiving the surface is.
Started small canvas of "Cult" drawing I did five years ago. Been a long time but its always good to keep everything - just in case.
Let's see what happens.
Playing about with "The Mountain of the Heights" - particularly the sky. Intangible so the marks should be also.
"I want to be a painter of modern life, and modern bodies." - Jenny Saville.
A.F. born today.
Notes from a previous workshop:
Turn off distractions
Give yourself permission to move your practice forward.
Elevator pitch - needs work.
Find focus and priorities.
Studio days - regimented routine.
Be persistent and consistent.
Find unproductive habits + break them.
Defend creative time.
Slow down and hear your own ideas.
"Creativity is not a talent - it's a way of operating." - John Cleese
When you value serendipity, you start noticing it at work right away.
Zero energy. There are not enough hours in the day. Structure. Guilty of putting off work because of convenience.
Is yellow is the colour of hope?
Bacon was fascinated by butcher shops as a child. The figure in the painting said to be pre-war Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain - known for carrying an umbrella. This work is raw power, beauty and horror rolled in one.
Paint/draw with purpose. Reasons - just because I can't pin them down doesn't mean they aren't there.
Lubaina Himid - take a "given history" from found objects and then "paint a history on them that isn;t as much talked about." Daytime can't be squandered - every hour counts.
Painted pretty much up to 10pm tonight,. Stuck in the zone.
Trip to Rosses Point. So hot too and great to bump into Rob and Sally. Small world.
Trip to The Model in Sligo town before home. A wonderful space.
Slowly getting back into the rhythm of working again. Finished "Cult". The small child is considerably creepier than expected. More work to "Mountain of the Heights" - been looking at Cezanne's multiple treatments of Mont Sainte-Victoire for some sort of guidance.
Extremely hot in the studio - close to 30°C.
I have Sickert's "Ennui" on my mind.