Saturday, 8 March 2014
This metal chimney sweep sign was made around 1830 and was used above the house of chimney sweeps to denote that here lives the guy that can sort your chimney, friendly isn't he. It now hangs in The museum, high on the wall looking down at small children giving them nightmares. I have to find a way to fit him in the final painting, he must have scared so many children of Cheltenham!
Friday, 7 March 2014
Thursday, 6 March 2014
I spent a fantastically inspiring morning at The Wilson today looking around the collection with Sophie, one of the curators there. I am now so overloaded with possibilities I'm not sure which way to go and a little giddy. So today I have made a straight painting of one the 'set ups' at the museum. I spent a bit of time thinking about the space that my still life will inhabit. Should it be the corner of the gallery that I have piled up lots of artifacts. Or maybe there should be so many things in the painting that the 'place' they are in is irrelevant... All I am prepared to say at this stage is that fireplaces are always good to put things on.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
A quick draw, mostly because I crushed my thumb today so I am resting my hands. No 'bony damage' thankfully and it was my left hand so daily picture making isn't threatened in any way. It is interesting how quickly my mind thought 'at least it is your left thumb' just after I shouted a rude word. Sorry everyone. I think it was heard across the fine art and photography studios. And maybe beyond.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
So, here we have an African fertility figure a Bronze Age arrow head (I like arrowheads) a photo of Scott's tent in the Antarctic. And a red shawl. I might add a few more bits to this one when it is dry.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Yep, I am falling in love with puppets again.....I have always loved puppets and when I was at Norwich Art School we got taught by one of the spitting image puppeteers and worked with Norwich pellet theatre. Brilliant fun. This foxy puppet is by the same maker as the chicken in yesterday's painting. But this one is a marionette. I want to hang it from the top of the finished painting.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
I love puppets. And I was so pleased to find the William George Simmonds puppets in the Wilson's collection. This chickens wings flap. The cup is Egyptian the little man is a discus thrower from Roman Britain and there is a 1920's silver spoon and a flint arrow head.
A taste of things to come....
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
I haven't done any collage-ing for years, it is a great way to try out ideas really quickly. Like this ridiculous stack of a Chinese bowl with a Jan Steen painting in it.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
If there is one thing I like to see it is a tower of preposterous things. These things are mostly from the archeological collection at The Wilson. Which will find a home somewhere in my new painting. Maybe not quite like this but I do like the drawing in the background and the tile with a cow with wings on is sheer wonderfullness.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Just a few compositional ideas, nothing concrete yet. What I can tell you is that I am working on my piece for 'The Open West 2014' which will be shown at The Wilson during May (Cheltenham's art gallery and museum) I am very excited and exactly the right amount of daunted!
For the show I am making a new painting using the Wilson's permanent collection as subject matter for a composite still life. If you followed my project last year you will remember the painting that I added an element to each day. I envisage this new painting to be a development of that. I intend to use this daily blog to document some of the background workings of the project. You won't see the finished painting here but you will see drawings, painted sketches and other ideas that may or may not get used in the finished piece. Which you will be able to see at The Wilson in a couple of months.
Monday, 24 February 2014
I am conceiving a new painting. Here is a sketch. I might be a bit wierd for a while. My mind elsewhere, that sort of thing. Will let you know more over the coming days. Thinking. Composition. Colour. Space. Things. Stuff. Place. Time.
I have a new sketchbook, so you know this is going to be good.