Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Origin of Ideas – L.S.P. (Light, Shade & Perspective).

L.S.P. is an abbreviation of Light, Shade & Perspective that are the main devices used in figurative representational painting. The composition of this painting came from a study I did quite a while ago that I’d forgotten about until recently when I uncovered it. L.S.P. came together quickly and spontaneously based on its elements already being […]

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Short Thoughts – The purpose of art is?

Sometimes I wonder what the purpose of making art is. It can be tough for artists that have not found their audience to maintain enthusiasm for their art practice, and I’d have to put myself into such a category. An audience can enrich the process of making art because it gives the art a purpose, […]

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Short Thoughts – A revolution in art is building?

I think there is a revolution in the pipeline for art, something akin to Punk in the music world. Not necessarily attitude over substance, but a powerful combination of both. Where talented artists rise above the noise of competition, join forces and take charge of their niche. To have creative endeavors recognised as a career […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Sight Specific – Replication, Visual Perception & 3D Perspective

My underpinning ideas behind Sight Specific are to reference visual perception in relation to being separated from the sense of touch. For example, if we are looking at two telephones that appear for all intents and purposes ‘real’, without touching them how do we establish their true status? In a gallery situation we are not usually […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Transition – Triptych

Transition is a piece created during a time of great change for me, where those changes disrupted my working method. I was aware that I was in a phase of readdressing how I make art, and so this piece is a physical manifestation of me contemplating this issue. I spent a lot of time sitting […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Observation Without Manipulation – Large Scale Painting

The first 4 canvases (top row, left to right) of my painting Observation Without Manipulation are an exploration of subject and surface grounded in a process orientated painting technique. Imagery is intentionally restrained; my intent being to limit representational clues as to the nature of the subject, which by the very nature of the painting […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Jasper’s Dream – What if?

The American painter Jasper Johns, when questioned about the origin of his iconic painting Flag (1954-55) said, “One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag, and the next morning I got up and I went out and bought the materials to begin it” (Tejada-Flores, 1989, from the video Jasper Johns: Ideas In […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Grab Your Eyes explained…well almost.

Now the painting is finished, I thought I’d explain a little bit more about the composition and origin of my ideas that contributed to the making of Grab Your Eyes. The good news is that there’s no reading involved, just click play, sit back, watch and listen…easy!

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 12 – Finishing, Hard Work & Ambition.

This post is the last in this series and I want to end on the topic of finishing and the hard work that is needed for this to take place. For those of you that haven’t been following. The series of blog posts I’ve been writing titled Let’s Achieve Something Great Together follow the creation of […]

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