Today, in the depths of winter, some obsessive art therapy.
Interference No.1 (2018) is the first in this year’s ongoing, and some might say, compulsive series of works that involve the use of every drawing implement within the confides of the studio. The series will end when the materials are completely used up to the final pencil tip.
The Boris Johnson mummy story made me chuckle today, so much so that today’s artwork was inspired by that very story.
From an article by Imogen Foulkes on the BBC news website, according to scientists in the Swiss city of Basel, they have solved the mystery over the identity of a mummified woman.
I don’t know why it made me smile so much, but when I read that their research had revealed the woman is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, I knew exactly what I’d be painting.
Basel Boris, 2018. Acrylic and pencil on paper. 29.7 x 21cm
Cup of Tea is an original watercolour on card.
It was drawn and painted from a 68 degree angle during the afternoon of December 21st, 2017.
A cup of tea is a single serving of the beverage tea. Informally, it may be rendered “a cuppa”. The idiom “one’s cup of tea” refers to a preference; often it is in the negative, so “X is not really my cup of tea” means “I don’t like X.”
Winter Sun Messes With My Mind
The light is awful.
Yes. Winter sun messes with my mind … At least for the first few weeks of the autumn (fall) and winter seasons. It’s probably not even the light. The likelyhood is, what’s REALLY messing with my mind is the limited time available to do my work. For the most part, I work outdoors. It’s the most spacious area I have at this present moment in time, and, of course, the light, when available is best outdoors.
The painting, Winter Sun Messes With My Mind, is as fast and as angry an abstract painting I could have produced on this particular day. Overcast and dim. And cold to boot. Winter Sun Messes With My Mind reflects in its strong Vermillion hue that a rage is bubbling overhead and only the brightest of opportunities could lend itself to battling this oppressive menace. There is, however, an underlying joy in what appears to be a joyous man sporting a beard.
This abstract winter sun painting is a artwork upon an abandoned summer artwork; metaphoric perhaps in how colder weather has overpowered with a vengeance.
Thick palette knife work is dominant throughout. The brush was used sparingly but with forced energy. It is a piece that both exhausted yet pleased at the same time. It’s amazing how painful in production some artworks can be. I can tell you that without fear or doubt but whether you feel it or not is entirely down to you.
The support is 6mm thick found MDF, cut to my customary 21.0 x 29.7 cm or 8.27 x 11.69 inches (or A4) and is currently unframed. If you are interested in owning this special piece of work celebrating the transitional period between, mild and cool or light and dark, the artwork is currently available for you to own. Please contact me here for details. Thank you for your interest.
The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers
The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers, is painting about how, on a daily basis we are bombarded with sensational news stories that would appear to want to send us into uncontrollable frenzies. It has even encroached into my practice with this simple and to the point acrylic artwork on corrugated cardboard.