Friday, 18 September 2009

New Pastels, Brass Neck Series.

^This is a pastel on Ingres paper...and a work in progress, you'll see it develop here.

I'm working on new sketches this week and getting closer to my target number of £1020 Sterling, this will cover the casting. Everything created in the way of sketches and paintings on this theme will be auctioned for charity. The progress of the new sketches is now being shown on Twitter, you can follow it here--->

Thursday, 17 September 2009

The Scottish Review

My work on the 'Brass Neck' I am making for Sir Fred Goodwin is featured in today's 'Scottish Review' (Scotland's Online Current Affairs Magazine). The project is fully and succinctly explained in the article. You can read it here.

I also sold another sketch, taking me 50 pounds closer to my target funds needed for the casting. If you'd like to help, buy a sketch at £50 (or $82 or 56Euro) and help me do this.

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For further reading please scroll down until March 9th on this blog...that's where I started posting on this project.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

New Pastel...

The first new Brass Neck sketch in pastel (for a while) is coming online today, see the Twitterfeed---> for images of the work in progress.

14 new sketches coming. Each at $82 or £50 or 56Euro.

These pictures are preparatory for the brass neck painting and sculpture. More soon, email or comment to reserve one of the 14.
Thanks to all of my patrons on this one.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Solomon Kane

I had a part in 'Solomon Kane' so I'm pleased to see the trailer finally released. I'll be interested to see the film not least because my beard was so over the top then...I've since trimmed it back to a goat. I'm still not sure of a release date, more on this soon...

Sunday, 13 September 2009

I'm Officially Now Stopping Not Starting...

I'm working on a new drawing today in the 'Brass Neck' series and as I only get a few hours in the morning I better keep this short. It was a strange summer, in part, I think, because of two major losses in my family, first my father and then my grandfather. Neither was a shock but I did find myself feeling like I could not be bothered to draw. Just no interest and whenever I forced myself it seemed to be worse, nothing real would come from my efforts. Perhaps I was just being a lazy sod, I don't know that death had anything to do with the feeling (or lack of feeling) that kept me from making anything. So I didn't think about it and waited for whatever it was to pass. It always has before. This time it seemed to take a long time to pass.

I've come to think a person is what they are when they do what they do, less so when they are not doing that thing, that art, whatever that may be. So the less I paint the less I am a painter. Today I've decided to produce something and tomorrow the same and in this way stop being a non-painter.