Monday, 12 November 2018

Good advice...

Hello and welcome to my Blog...

Eastern Shore.  
Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 
16 x 16 inches

Today I read an article by art critic Jerry Saltz...

11 pieces of wisdom for anyone not sure what a life in art means.

Jerry Saltz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Magazine Senior Art Critic,

 gives a talk at the 2018 Frieze Art Fair. 

1. Your number one job as an artist is to embed thought in material. 

That means your idiot idea has to be there in your idiot art.

2. Being an artist is tough. 

So only be one if you really, really, really, really have to be.

3. If you’re in a relationship, when you are lying awake 

in the middle of the night fretting over something (or everything), 

for god’s sake, do not wake up your partner.

4. Work late, stay up late with your peers, 

and support each other. 

You’re only as strong as the weakest among you.

5. You will be poor, but your life will never be boring—accept it.

6. Make an enemy of envy today—tomorrow is almost too late.

7. Remember that you do not own the meaning of your work. 

As Oscar Wilde said...

“The minute you think you know a work of art, it is dead to you.”

8. Have an elephant skin—and grow a pair of…

 whatever you need a pair of.

9. If you have the opportunity to travel, 

go to the Prado Museum in Madrid. 

Then spend three days there.

 You don’t need to go anywhere else.

10. You only need to convince seven people that 

your work is worth taking a chance on: four collectors,

 one art dealer, and two critics. Just seven!

11. Be vulnerable, expose yourself, have an opinion. 

And remember: You know a lot less than you think you do.

🎨🎨🎨 It is a tough world.  🎨🎨🎨

I am busy preparing work for a forthcoming exhibition in 2019.
I will submit three paintings for possible selection.

Two are ready and a third is on the easel.
It has been a struggle and was scraped down twice today.  

I shall let the paint dry a little before going back into it.
Otherwise it will get very muddy.

Here is one finished on Saturday.
I have to give it a title
and resist the temptation to tinker with it.

Here is the second canvas...

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Good advice...

Monday, 5 November 2018

Best laid plans...

Hello and welcome to my Blog..

Last week I had a painting on the easel which was finished.
Or so I thought.

An artist friend gave me some advice about 
a part of the work which might benefit 
from some colour changes.  

The painting is no longer there...
In an effort to alter parts of the painting 
one thing led to another and it all went horribly wrong.

I did mention last week that challenges live in my studio.
This became a big one.  

It was time to assess the situation and see 
if I could bring the painting back to life.   

It took two days before I was happy with the results.
It might even be a stronger piece of work.

A critique from another painter has made me 
question my belief about being true to myself.
I was doing what another person wanted...

I will think about that...

Here is the new piece.
It will stay as it is.

‘Third time Lucky’.  
Oils and cold wax medium on canvas.
36 x 24 inches.

Here are some close up details...

If I could reproduce this in a large format 
it would make a colourful picture.

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Until next week...
Thank you for visiting.