November 02 2014
Here is my painting of the Nene River as it passes through
Ditchford on its way to Irthlingborough. Some people know it as the
place where you can hire canoes to go paddling in the summer. Its a
great hidden spot with some beautiful lakes you can walk around. I
have put this picture above my fire place at home to look at in the
December 30 2013
This is such an original idea! Micheal Mapes creates collection or
specimen boxes that make a an image or painting when combined
He uses these materials photographic prints, insect
pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, glass vials, optomotrist
lens, paint samples, modeling clay, dried botanical matter, fabric,
magnifying box, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread.
December 30 2013
I have just discovered another inspirational photographer/ artist
who creates fantastic fragmented portraits.
Desretratos: In this series of papers
invited close friends to tell me a secret while I was photographing
their portraits. But my intention was not to hear his secrets,
but to capture the expressions of each time to reveal this
secret. So I asked to each choose a song for me to
listen on my headset while I was photographing
them. And after this photo shoot I asked
each of them if the secret had some color, and it is these colors
that carry portraits.
November 15 2012
Some of my Photography students are really inspired by
painting over photographs. Charlotte Caron produces these artworks
which also make use of the qualities of paint by letting the
painting run across the surface of the photograph.
This reminds me of the famous image by Wanda Wulz, - 'Me and
Charlotte Caron, graduating from Fine Arts
honors just last year, already has an impressive body of work.
into four series—Landscapes, Portraits, Vanities, and
treatment of the Portraits have particularly stood out. A
imaginative hybrid of humans and animals, “this series of
photographs, trying to respond to a form of duality—that
animal part—by the medium of painting in addition, runs,
portrait,” according to the artist statement.
“To ultimately create an osmosis between the two mediums,
so between the animal and the portrait.”
March 01 2012
Well I was in London last week on a photography A level training
course and afterwards I thought I would take the opportunity to see
if it possible to get into the Lucien Freud exhbition at the
National Portrait gallery. I arrived at 4pm and tickets were being
sold for 5pm. Brilliant! So I got an audio guide and spent nearly 2
hours viewing his work. What struck me the most was the amazing
dedication and ambition of the artist. He worked intensively right
up to his death last July. Even in the last years of his life, the
audio guide talks about his constant experimental approach to the
subject - painting the human form. One thing I found particularly
amusing was that Lucien had a pass to the gallery after it was
Lucien Freud's intense observational skills came across vividly
when viewing the exhibition. He would constantly remix colours when
working on each detail of his portraits creating a complex variety
of flesh tones during his close scutiny of the subject. What is
quite amusing and again inspiring is how he would then flick or
scrape disgarded paint on the wall when it was finished with.
January 30 2012
Another fantastic exhibition coming up in February. Best get those
tickets early if you want to see this show. I heard that lots have
already been sold! The
Lucien Freud show opens on the 9th February at the NPG
Same as the Leonardo Da Vinci show - almost.
January 16 2012
The new David
show at the Royal Academy
has had plenty
of press this last few days. I also listened to the interview last
which was really inspiring. I have always liked his
work and find his positive enthusiasm very motivating. The
ideas about a movie having multiple perspectives and then the giant
paintings which ask the viewer to 'walk
through the landscape'
or look around are great! Also it
reminds me how much I love being outside just 'being' and drawing
nature - he is right there really is too much to see! I
really want to go and see this show!
January 11 2012
Last week I attended the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the
Tate Modern. I was really inspired by all of the work there but his
self portrait stuck out in my memory particularly.
December 23 2011
Kurt Jackson is probably one of the most inspring artist I have
come across. He uses mixed media in such an expressive but
beautifully representational way! Check out his website.