I’ve not had much time to create with paint recently, so I launched into an experimental couple of hours with Serif Photo PlusX6 instead.
It turns out it’s no different than painting in that you have to launch in, even if you don’t know what you’re doing and be unafraid to experiment.
I have to say, I’m very pleased with the results and will be doing more of this type of thing.
I must admit, I’ve been reluctant to go there with the digital thing because I love painting in Real Time with real paint and canvas which maybe comes from being a bit of a purist, but as it is it is an exciting blend of Digital/analogue; the painting was done by me and so was the modelling!
It turns out that the opportunities to blend disciplines is what really floats my boat!
I’ve always loved to experiment anyway and I feel that having developed a sense of ‘fearlessness’ with my art has paid off.
The ideas continue to flow. I just need to carve out more time to realize them, but as ever, parenting comes first. If I can do digital work alongside my RT painting I think it will help me fill in the gaps.
This is very early work and I hope you like it enough to share and comment. I will be making some prints for sale too so watch this space for links to my shop.
It’s a whole new world. I’ve relaunched for 2015 my status as a professional artist. There is much work in many areas to do before I hit the sweet spot, but armed with my new-found business acumen and determination, creative inspiration and an amazing team behind me I think this time things will rock and roll.
I’ve invested heavily this season in new equipment and stuff that is going to help me along; it is no mean feat being a full-time mummy and an artist and I’ve been perilously close to the edge of burnout (again) recently, which is scary with my history (ME/CFS). But this time (as opposed to 2003) I have so many blessings on my side. Okay, I am having to work harder than usual to break through the blocks to progress which includes becoming a bit of a boring fart so that I can focus. Going to bed early is something of an acquired taste for me but essential to overall performance.
So why was I up at 5.30 this morning? Pure excitement. Not only do I have a spanking new Word Press platform to play with (and work out how the hell to pull it all together) I have a new laptop on the way. The new beast is for rendering videos that chart my studio progress in 2015 which I will post on You Tube as soon as we configure the new system and put everything together.
Have a stonking Solstice season with everything in it you are hoping for, and I hope you will join me again soon!
This was done for my friend Alice when she was pregnant. It wasn’t what she was expecting but I was wild and free in my Picasso phase and in love with mixed media collage and strong primary colours.
There is something really satisfying about sticking fabric onto canvas; it almost feels rebellious, but then that’s me in a nut-shell. Make rules? Break rules. If the artist cannot be free then what hope is there for the common man?
We (artists) should be arbiters of change, risk and the unconventional…
Too many stultifying rules can kill our creative spirit. This is the gift of children, child-rearing and child-bearing; it’s such an onslaught of new paradigms that we either gird our loins and learn afresh who we are and what we are capable of, or we sink miserably into depression….the good news is that even if we do sink in the beginning of any endeavor, we can always access the strength of the mother goddess (or father god) within and pull ourselves up by our boot straps.
Life affirms life, as long as we don’t give in to the ennui of despair. Anyone can feel it, our circumstances matter little. It’s our habitual outlook that must be changed. Little by little, like the growing fetus, we can add new cells every day to our growth into the person we want to be.
Well I’m buzzing! I’ve just opened my parcel roll delivered today from the printers and I have to say I am pleasantly gob-smacked by the beauty of my work in print….and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased! 😉
The printers have done a fantastic job and the paper is gorgeous. I chose a Bamboo fibre/Cotton mix because when possible, I like to be environmentally friendly, and Bamboo is a great new sustainable resource.
As a print medium it lends itself incredibly well to the original oil painting (I chose Shaman’s Oak Leaf) and it looks very similar to the real thing in its matte finish. It has an ethereal quality I’ve never seen in a print before and I might just have to get this one framed and for myself! But I digress…
I'm at the junction
where the weather fronts meet
Clashing, stress rising
like milk boiling over
Cruel, cool knife edge cutting
through the desperation of
a mind gone sour
Too tired to function
love's left this heart
this anger ingrained
Got to take a deep breath and
No shame in this game just
stop and start again...
Again, again I hear
the refrain slow down
and chill life's been handing
you a bitter pill
But you must rise
than this can inhabit your
Even in motion you have
The healing potion
Just get the notion
Volcanoes must erupt
its not that you're corrupt
so let it go, set
'go with the flow' on your sat-nav
There are those who have
less grace than this
no need to stress about
the hit and miss
Nature of reality
the moons and changing tides
Respond, react to inner rhythm
This is where your mystery resides
Searching for balance
in the motion of events
we learn to take the rough
and tumble, the mundane
mixed with intense
Trying to find
in a storm of
compassion versus anger
gnawing at me
like a dog
with a bone
Just let me lie
Take me home.
Photo Credit: Roger Kirby
I’m really into the Primal Blueprint/Paleo lifestyle at the moment and paintings like this mean so much more to me now than when first created. I love that about art. It doesn’t always reveal itself until the lens of hindsight is firmly in place. It also reminds me of the Mighty Boosh art which holds much of the same kind of tribal imagery. It’s fun but also mystical and deep. You know what I mean…the earthy colours and the full moon….wanna stomp? You got it!