Confessional - portrait through mesh?
installational idea - structural notes on seat. Guidelines for penance.
Michael Simpson - think of your 'style' as developing a language; coherent and your own without being stylised.
Agendas in the work? Activism? Does it need to have a message?
RUA works dropped off.
"As a painter you constantly want to overcome your virtuosity, but at the same time you strive for virtuosity" - Per Kirkeby
Been offered to show work in New York City!!!
Stiffen the Sinews, Summon up the blood. - King Henry in William Shakespeare's 'Henry V'
The above is written on the studio wall of Maggi Hambling (Tateshots). Some sketching done.
Average Buzzard wingspan = 110 - 140cm. Overlap red silhouette of bird with rabbit skull. Any black in the skull should remain the red of the buzzard. Don't overwhelm foundation of composition.
Will get a good push in the studio tomorrow. At the same time if I rush at it, that's when it is more likely to fall apart. If it happens, it happens..
Triggers: words, memories, looks, objects?
"Happiness is like an orgasm - it doesn't really last." - Raqib Shaw
Reading 'Oedipus at Colonus' to get a better grip. "...further into darkness with every step".
Just realised how I went about the 'Oedipus' painting in the first place ... shading down on charcoal and fix + light transparent wash to unify all the tones. Once dry, pop in colours and detail accordingly, How did I forget?!
...waiting on submission is tortuous.
Trying very hard not to get ahead of myself.
Roasted Crane = culinary symbol of Irish submission. Breaking of legs before being thrown into the sea. The Pale - area above Dublin. (beyond the pale saying). Notes from episode 2 of "Story of Ireland".
OH DEAR. Painful. What a difference a day makes. Twenty four little hours. Three things looking good and they all come crashing down.
A shitty week but it will be OK. Shouldn't have let it affect me as much as it did. Got blindsided and took eye off longer focus and objectives. Onward.
Grayson Perry's "Rites of Passage" episode on death really got to me. A lot of people would give an arm and a leg to have that last conversation with a loved one - what they meant to you and what you mean to them - before they pass.
Prioritise / Lists - allow for flexibility.
Bit of an overhaul on "Procession Study" today. Clouds were OK but too noisy. Back and forth with it today. Looking more like a study now. A little looser.
'Nemo Malus nisi probetur' roughly translates to 'No one is evil until it is proven'.
Above: Some shots of the Golden Thread Gallery's two simultaneous solo exhibitions: Travis Somerville's "Homeland Insecurity" and Ian Cumberland's "a common fiction".
A group show in London? GT meet up yesterday was great. Hearing what folks have been up to and where they are going. Some feedback from sculptural ideas from friends was positive.
Cat is missing.
An application was successful so there will be two solo shows - one in 2019 and one in 2020!