Monthly Archives: August 2012

Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 2 – Surface Preparation

As you’ll have seen from my last post on this topic, I started by making the wooden frames for my new painting and stretched linen over them. The next stage is to prepare the linen for paint. This is a process that can be seen across a wide variety of painting techniques e.g. when painting […]

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The artist David Rokeby’s installation Cheap Imitation (homage to Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase).

I felt compelled to share this amazing installation by the artist David Rokeby of Toronto, Canada. It’s a homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No2 that I know intimately after being commissioned to make my version of it. Rokeby says, “I have cut up Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase into the several hundred […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 1 – Stretcher Frames

I am about to embark on a new painting that I’m both excited and apprehensive about. This is all par for the course for artists: the forging into the unknown. Most of my paintings tend to be on the large-scale and are very ambitious. I know that this is where I thrive as an artist, […]

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Commission Update – Some great feedback on Zombie 1 2 3

I thought I’d share some lovely feedback I received from a recent painting commission. I really enjoyed making the painting and it was great to be able to deliver the finished piece in person, seeing where it would be placed. “Just wanted to write to you to say a big ‘thank you’ for the commissioned […]

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Marcel Duchamp & Robert Hughes – clip from Shock Of The New (1982)

I found this clip on YouTube today that I think is very interesting. I’m a fan of Marcel Duchamp’s work and also like Robert Hughes (who unfortunately passed away recently). Hughes wrote Shock Of The New, which in both book and film form has been a major influence on countless people. In the first part […]

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New series of drawings/paintings

Here’s a sample of some paintings I am working on that will probably form a series. They’re kind of hybrid between drawing and painting. I draw on top of a layer of acrylic using oil bar and then draw/blend again using my fingers/hand. When I paint these I am immersed in the physical act of […]

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Thought/Action/Inspiration – a few thoughts on the cyclic process of making art

I find the enjoyment of making artwork lies in the moments of creation that are sometimes spontaneous and sometimes deeply considered. These moments of creation can be amongst others, actions of the hand during drawing or painting as well as the result of thought, such as ideas or concepts. Such moments are fleeting and in […]

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Inspiration Comes From Many Sources – My little tribute to Ronald Jenkees, Gwenn Seemel & Chris Guillbeau.

The Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of inspiration is; the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. To be honest, as an artist I get inspired quite often, but sometimes an incident, experience, book, film, music or persons etc come along that are worth a note. Today I’d […]

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Here/There/Everywhere – Hutton’s Buildings Exhibition – Artist Discussion

I attended the artist discussion session at the Here/There/Everywhere exhibition at the Huttons Buildings on West Street in Sheffield yesterday. It was the last day of the exhibition after a successful week of exhibition-ing (ok, so that’s not a real word but it’s too late now, it’s in there). The driving force behind the exhibition […]

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