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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┬áLet’s Achieve Something Great Together follow the creation of […]

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Pecha Kucha Barnsley – Try It You Might Like It

On Wednesday 28th November I participated in my first Pecha Kucha in Barnsley. I’d done a little research on what Pecha Kucha was and blogged about it previously (click here to read my blog post) but there’s nothing like the actual experience. I intentionally avoided watching any examples of previous Pecha Kucha’s so as not […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 9 – Progress Makes Perfect

A while ago I had a conversation about the process of making art with someone who doesn’t make art themselves. They appeared overwhelmed by what they thought was a lack of inherent skill on their part, saying ‘I could never do that’. It seemed that they were focusing on the practical side of the process […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 8 – Paint, Don’t Paint & Deadlines.

The experience of painting (note that I chose to describe it as experience, rather than practice) is like any other in our perception, there are highs and lows, there is ebb and flow, but we continue. The painting will continue its journey towards completion and has a natural path. Sometimes I paint, sometimes I don’t […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 7 – Studies

For some artists, studies are an integral part of their practice and may have a set pattern of exploring studies before even considering the final piece of artwork. I try to keep my practice as spontaneous as possible with an element of organisation, without which nothing would really get done. The two words spontaneous and […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 6 – Layers, Trust & Patience.

When creating a painting of this type, it is very tempting to try to achieve a finished look very early on in its development. For many painters the process of painting is one of layering (painting and repainting), where the image becomes increasingly ingrained in the artist’s eye. In effect the artist lives and breathes […]

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