Saturday, 7 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
We have an amazing crop of these squashes from the garden. Subsequently squash is what we are eating a lot at the minute so what a great thing to celebrate by spending a bit more time on it and using a few different media over the next few days. Today charcoal tomorrow oil or maybe more Lino or fresco or light projection.... We shall see. I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom that this year is offering me already and I am not even two weeks in!
And oh yes an electric rubber. Or electric eraser for my American friends it's a pen like thing with a whizzy rubber end that spins around so you almost write with it like a negative pencil! See how I have signed and numbered with the electric spinny rubbery eraser thing.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
I don't make prints very often but I enjoy it when I do, this was particularly good fun as I also framed this little Morandi original that I got for my birthday this year. What a great opportunity to make my own version of his exquisite little collection of bottles and vases. I used Lino because it is quick and I have all of the stuff in my studio plus I can make it start to finish very quickly so it suits daily doing very well. But no, I am not planning a year of Lino cuts anytime soon, I couldn't afford the massage and chiropractic bills.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
My show came down today, a little sad. It was really interesting to take stock of the last five years and talk to a lots of people about my daily paintings. So a big ole thanks to everyone who came along to find out what I've been up to for the last five years and I am really pleased how much everyone seemed to like it. Especially the little girl who was all but running around the gallery identifying the subjects of the pictures. I'm looking forward to a good lie in tomorrow and getting on with some more daily paintings! Here's to the next five years...
Monday, 2 December 2013
This is he tallest building in Cheltenham, there are regular abseiling charity events that happen from the top. Not with me I hasten to add. I can just see it from the gardens gallery so I drew it. That's the kind of guy I am. See it. Draw it. Don't abseil down it.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
The was an inordinate amount of small children walking past the gallery with white balloons this today, it turned out they were from a cleaning company or something equally mundane (the balloons not the children). However, this little chappie had a red one and being the odd one I felt a strange compunction to do a quick blind pen sketch (called blind because I look at he subject but not at the drawing, not that I close my eyes!) and I got to use red paint. I never found out where the red one came from, somewhere really good, I expect.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
I have talked to a lot to people this week about my ipad drawings so it seemed like a good opportunity to try something with the ipad a little different. I have tried to recreate a pen and wash way of working to draw the bandstand opposite the Gallery I am showing in this week.
Drop me an email if you are interested in a print of this one email@example.com I will produce seven prints as it is day seven of this years dailies!
Friday, 29 November 2013
I have been invigilating (lovely word) my show today and there is a wonderful old bandstand opposite the gallery. So, naturally I have done this little watercolour sketch. I might do an oil painting of it over the next few days while I am in the gallery or maybe a pen and ink... I haven't used pen and ink for ages
Thursday, 28 November 2013
I have had a wonderful evening talking to loads of people at the private view of my show 'Dan Young, Daily - 5 Years & Counting' it seemed to go down very well, lots of really lovely things were said about it all. I saw a few old friends and some new ones and even sold a few pictures, hence today's painting of the 'sold' dot. The red dot also has the added advantage of being relatively easy to create, I am really rather plum tuckered. But it has reminded me of a story about the rennassaince artist Duccio discovering a young Giotto drawing perfect circles in the sand.
My best circles often tend to have a slight bulge on the upper right quadrant, I bet Giottos didn't.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
I have been hanging my '5 years & Counting' exhibition today, if you are in the cotswold area do pop in to cheltenham and say hello! More info if you click the banner above. Todays offering is a tired and purposefully crude, yet love-able, drawing of one of the moveable walls in the Gardens Gallery. It holds the framed list I used on the #paintathon day that I held on the 1000th day of this project. Private view tomorrow evening love to see you all there, yes even you lot in Latvia.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I have spent all afternoon numbering the paintings from year two, the watercolours, and constantly reminding myself to number them as I go in the future. I thought I would do a painting in the style of the second year of Dan Young, Daily and bring out my watercolours. This is a stack of the small size from that year with the humbug picture on the top. Looking forward to seeing the y2 paintings 'en masse' for the first time at the exhibition. Hanging tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I thought after five years of continuous daily painting I would give my right hand a day off. It also felt like time for a break. So I have made a left handed painting of my tea break for number 001 this year. I am planning to do a year of whatever I like this time around. So for the next 364 days I will be doing all sorts of different things. I might spend a week on one single painting I might do a series of digital prints I might do some Lino prints, I might paint with my feet, I might make a drawing of a ukulele I am building I might make a plan of something I am building in the garden I might... You get the idea. I expect there to be individual paintings and maybe a few mini series that run through the year, there will be some more left handed pictures for instance and I'm looking forward to a lot more ways of working.
During last years painting I had to stay in one style all year so I looking forward to this year feeling a lot freer and open to different things. The only rule is I have to make a picture every day. Easy.