Another work in progress…

Another work in progress…

Painting is hard work. It’s a labour of the spirit, the mind and the body. One can also rarely be sure of how things are going to work out, for me an investment of time and materials in projects that for unforeseable reasons don’t work out is frustrating and time consuming.

That has been the story of the last few months. I know most of my readers are not sitting with their lives on hold, with white knuckled anticipation awaiting my latest post, but all the same I like to be working and producing more than I have been able to do recently. Plus I need to sell!

There have been some high profile exhibitions (even if one particular painting that was chosen wasn’t my favourite) and quite a lot of travelling, but all the same the ‘bread and butter’ of creating has been a start-stop affair.


This is my latest work in progress, let’s hope it ‘flowers’ soon. It will be obvious what it is in time…. 

 


A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

It’s been a very busy first month of the year. Painting has been sidelined up until now but life is calming down a little and creative space is appearing again.

I’m pleased to have had one picture accepted by the English Royal Watercolour Society‘s open exhibition in March. At the same time another picture has been accepted by the Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour, I suppose it’s like waiting for a bus, you wait for ages and two come at once. I will also have four pictures exhibited at Artquake Kyoto – Japan in March.

Painting a picture takes me considerably longer than it used to. As my technique develops I’ve had to slow down a lot and I feel like I spend a lot of time waiting for things to dry (especially in the winter!).

So in order to make up for my lack of posts, I’ve decided to start posting works in progress and will hopefully chronicle my particular creative path.

So this below is my latest attempt after some drawing, a few washes and quite a lot of masking fluid…. (it’s not finished yet.. there’s a long way to go).


Inspiration in the ‘Off season’

Inspiration in the ‘Off season’


It feels like the ‘off season’ to me at the moment. The sky is grey and the colours are too. My framer is working hard to make up some frames for some pictures heading to some competitions in London. It’s the annual attempt to penetrate the world of the British watercolour elite, so far I’ve been unsuccessful.

The Bosphorus is still an illusive subject for me, an enchanting place whose main landmarks have been painted so often they feel worn out just to look at sometimes. But at the same time each time I cross it on the ferry I need to photograph it.

The city remains in traffic gridlock. The new metro will be a while coming, though the third bridge is swiftly progressing. The traffic just seems to get worse and one wonders if no end of tunnels and metros would merely dent the deluge of vehicles pouring into the city each day.

Roll on spring…


Contemporary Istanbul 2014

Contemporary Istanbul 2014

Vachagan Narazyan a Russian born artist made the event for me. His modern take on Bruegel was amazing. I loved seeing oils used in this way. His haunting and disturbing images were fresh and original especially next to the tired ‘modern’ re-works of Warhol prints that seemed to fixate those in need of inspiration. Soonja Kang’s hyperrealist watercolours were also beautiful a refreshing use of a traditional medium.

Back to work….

Too Much…

Too Much…


I’ve just read a blog post on what to do when you get too involved in a picture, ‘give up’ was the answer! I think I got too involved in this picture, then when you finish you think, um, that’s too much, too much information, nothing left to the imagination etc… Too much colour, etc..
Back to the drawing board.