I recently spent a day destroying old paintings… a very satisfying day actually. There were a few reasons for this… I was just feeling in a particularly destructive mood so that it satisfied that need. I needed more room in the studio to make new work. I needed more ‘canvas’ (wood) to make new work on. And, finally, I just wasn’t happy with a series of paintings, some of which were finished, but most were unfinished. They just weren’t working for whatever reason. They were all abstract works, but based on sketches of everyday life over past couple of years. Some of these were similar in style to finished paintings that I am very happy with (and have actually sold!), but these were not working… at least, not as paintings. My thinking now, is that maybe these ideas would translate better as drawings. In a similar way to how comic books and graphic novels tell a story, these sketches are of everyday life and therefore, tell a story, so yeah… drawings. I’ll put it on the “to-do” list with all the other ideas…
You may, or may not, have noticed that I have been adding more of my artwork to the shop section of the website. In the past, I have mostly used third party websites to sell through, but as these websites change, so do the terms and conditions and the way they work in general. It seems like they’re relying more and more on the artists to bring the traffic to them and I think if I’m going to be responsible for that, I might as well just use my own website!
At the moment, I’ve started with the drawings and some of the more recent series paintings, but I’ll be adding everything over the coming weeks, and (more likely) months!
Creation of new paintings has been pretty sporadic of late, and not really with an overarching theme, but I still want to feature some of this work on my website, so I've created a gallery that includes them.
I'm exploring the abstract side of my work more and using the futurist style that was born from both the 'Rain' and 'Santorini' series. I've been reworking some of my previous paintings in this style, just to see how the different approach works with the same subjects; and with 'The Girl', I was playing with how little of a famous painting I can use whilst still being able to recognise it.
As well as reworking, I've also been creating new works inspired by some of my own design sketches and from existing architecture.
I feel that I am getting somewhere with this latest work and that it might the first steps in bringing everything together. At the same time, I'm trying not to think about a 'grand plan' too much and instead... just do it... I'm definitely guilty of overthinking what goes where and why I'm doing certain things, whether it fits in with that work... should I keep that separate?... should I leave that until I've finished this?... Basically, trying to edit and organise work before I've even created it. I think I should take a more "concept design" approach to my work... get all the ideas down first... work out what it means later.
I have just finished around 15 new car sketches which i have been framing up, ready for sale on Artfinder.
Artfinder have now introduced a minimum price of £20 for artworks sold on the site, so I have had to change the pricing... before they were £10 each + £8 shipping... Now, each frame is priced at £20 and UK shipping is included in that.
I'll be adding them to Artfinder over the coming days... so keep checking back!
Hope you like them!
This work has been around in the form of various sketches for some time now, so I was pleased to finally get around to finalising the idea and beginning the painting. Although the title of the painting was inspired by a poem, the subject was originally inspired by a Linkin Park song called 'Bleed It Out' and so the news of Chester Bennington's death whilst I was creating the painting, made it all the more poignant.
I have created 26 Bert illustrations, one for each letter of the alphabet, showing Bert in various situations. Originally, I made this as an ebook through Amazon, but now they have print on demand service to allow you to sell physical copies as well. So, I set it all up and as soon as it was published, I ordered one and less than 24 hours later I had it in my hand... incredible!
So, if you fancy a copy for yourself, they are Available from Amazon now
I hope to make some individual art prints available for each illustration soon as well... so watch this space!
The simplest thing to say, is that I just love the way it looks with all its texture and randomness. I also like the idea that it is both natural and man made; and that fact is very visible when you look at it. You can see the wood grain and yet, they're not quite right because they're all chopped up.
Mostly when you see OSB used in interiors, it's left bare, but I've seen examples where it is painted in a satin black and it can change an industrial material into something more luxurious. The idea of using inexpensive materials in interesting ways and making the design add more value than the cost of materials is something that has appealed to me since my final year Transport Design degree project (and is also the reason I love 'The House That £100k Built" TV show!)
The versatility of OSB as a building material makes it perfect for exploring in this way, and is why I used it in all my projects in The Great Interior Design Challenge. I hoped to be able to show the possibilities of using one inexpensive material in different ways and finishes; maybe help people think a little more about what can be done with a little creativity. Unfortunately, I ended up with 3 bedrooms out of the 5 rooms... and all wanted large statement headboards, so I didn't show much variety!
Having said that, with the exception of the Bristol bedroom, I don't think the OSB shouted in your face when you entered the rooms; its use was mostly subtle and could easily have been missed unless told beforehand. In that respect, I think I achieved what I wanted to, but I could have done more, and in the future I hope to experiment a lot more with this wonderful material!
I visited Santorini in 2014, and shortly after I wrote a blog post about how the trip might influence my art. Here's an excerpt...
"Santorini offers something different to think about. Pretty much everywhere you go; you get a stunning view of the caldera, or a view of white buildings clinging to the black cliffs. There are a lot of art galleries in Santorini, although most are souvenir shops full of mass produced pictures, and this is where the difficulty comes with creating art based on places. It’s all too easy to end up with a quaint picture of how pretty the place is. I don’t really see the point in such paintings... in my opinion a photograph can capture that much better. Despite this, I did feel quite inspired after my trip... from many angles the island had a limited colour palette (shades of white and blue). The architecture, although traditional, was almost modernist and reminded me of the suprematist abstracts that I’ve been interested in of late. The challenge for me will be to see if I can capture these inspirations and depict Santorini without creating pretty souvenir pictures."
It took me a while to get around to creating the work because I wasn’t quite sure how to execute it; but my recent futurist abstract rain works inspired me to take a similar approach with a series of Santorini works. I’m pretty pleased with how they’ve turned out and hopefully I have managed to avoid making them too “souvenir style”. As always, they’ve made me think about other work I could produce in the future, particularly ways in which I can move forward with my landscape paintings.
Followers of my Facebook page will have noticed that I’ve been working on a few new rain works. The rain series is coming very naturally to me and I’m very much enjoying the playful aspect of creating the abstract works. Every new piece I create is giving me more ideas about how I can move forward with the series, as well as ideas for other work. These latest works, inspired by futurism and suprematism, have led me to other aspects of the Futurist movement that I could experiment with; especially architecture. The idea of worldbuilding has intrigued me since Minority Report piqued my interest in the idea, and it further developed with various projects I explored at university. The desire to envision what the future could look like is something I can relate to with the Futurists, (although I certainly don’t share their appetite to dismiss everything from the past!). And whilst designing the future of this world is what mostly interests me, the idea of creating new worlds entirely is also an intriguing prospect.
The ‘Rain’ series started with the influence of graphic novels, and their stylised method of storytelling, so I find it interesting and exciting that these latest abstract studies could take me “full circle” and inspire stories.