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.
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).
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…
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….
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.
Watercolour on 600gm paper….