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Short Thoughts – Capturing Ideas – Should we write or remember?

For some artists, ideas are the bread and butter of their practice. For others, actions take precedence. Personally I feel my own practice is a mixture of both. Ideas come and go, as does the immersion in the action of doing/making that ultimately feeds back into my ideas. I tend to write a few words […]

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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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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 4 – Fleshing Out

The beginning stages of establishing forms in paint is called ‘fleshing out’. I try to remember to apply the paint quite loosely and freely without being overly concerned with detail, which comes later. It’s a similar process to carving in sculpture, where you start with a block of material and then carve out large chunks […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 3 – Details With Meaning

Today I added a detail to my latest painting in the form of canvas tacks. These were used traditionally when stretching canvas over a wooden frame to pin down the canvas. Now the staple gun is more widely used due to convenience and ease of use. I had already stretched linen over the frames I’d […]

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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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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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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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