Here's what the play canvas looks like now:
Here's what the play canvas looks like now:
Just to let you know that anyone wishing to purchase a prints of my work can now do so through Fine Art America. There are a lot of customisation options available such as size selection, medium, frames, mounting... . So far, five of the underwater paintings are available. More will follow soon as the images for the print of course need to be of a higher quality and resolution then for just displaying on the site.
If you have a query regarding a painting, please contact me.
I've been finding it difficult to get motivated after the exhibition. I dusted off the graphic tablet last week and produced this little digi
but other than that I've just wandered into the studio, laid a few strokes and wandered out again, so I've just gessoed over my play canvas, which had been looking like I'd closed my eyes and flung random colours around and I thought I'd take photos of my next playtime - which is now - it doesn't matter what happens, at the very least I have a brush in my hand again. So here's the beginning, it's pretty heavily textured from previous incarnations
Went to visit ceramist Sue Mifsud's open studio last Sunday, it took us around 2 hours to get there on various buses, but well worth it. Sue provided hot mulled wine, which ensured the conversation flowed.Her work is full of tactile shapes and delicious glazes some of which are shown here.
Just realized that this post should have been put up a week ago, So a slap on the wrist for me and my tardiness
My good friend Luscious Leila and her sister Gorgeous Glo have been here in Malta for the last week. So of course we've been out and about much more than usual wandering around as you do. Being with visitors changes my view of the island. We've spent quite a lot of time in Valletta, it really is a lovely city, the architecture is quite stunning, my friends have taken so many photos and happily wandered around for hours with the odd rest stops for a fortifying glass or two.
We went to see the Strait Street toilet - such a cool piece of art and because of the obvious quality of the work it looks sleek and sexy, words not normally associated with public toilets. Chris Briffa architect and Norbert Attard artist collaborated on the renovation of these public conveniences which are situated in a street previously known for it's visiting sailors and sauciness, so the design is particularly fitting. Below some photos that Andrew took of the toilets.
I never thought I'd be waxing lyrical over a loo!
Well, after all the excitement of the run-up to the show and the actual inauguration life is back to normal again.
The show runs for a month, so hopefully it will have a lot of visitors.
I gave the studio a good clean up, it was a real mess and am now ready to go back in and produce some new work. I intend to do some charcoals of Andrew- haven't picked up the charcoal for a couple of months, so it'll be good to get back to it.
I also have a new series that I want to start. It's exciting to be thinking of a new series after the discipline of having to paint for the show.As soon as I have somethimg worth showing I'll post it.
Well, things are continuing apace as they say. It's now 7 days until the inauguration.
My partner Andrew has made a 3d version of the exhibition space, which has been invaluable.
To be able to move the paintings around and decide on a format for a painting without leaving the comfort of my studio is a real boon, it's not only saved time but it has meant that I can see exactly how things will look and so when we hang the paintings it should be quick and stress free.
All I have to do now is find something to wear - that'll cause more stress than anything else.
Here is the exhibition flyer, Andrew has once again done a great job.
I am fortunate to have Dr. Louis Lagana to inaugurate the exhibition for me, he has also written something about my work which can be seen on the flyer.
Here is the latest finished painting, another underwater scene. I have seven in various stages of completion, and must produce around thirteen altogether. Which is why I have been a bit remiss with blogging - I'm just hoping that I can get them all finished in time. The themes are there it's just a matter of execution, and as other artists will tell you it's sometimes easier said than done.Ok that's it for today, back to the grindstone.
I've just seen the most fabulous fireworks fiesta that I've seen for a very long time. It was really well thought out. A real feast for the eyes. So I though I'd share a few of Andrew's photos with you, which he took from our roof in St. Julian's.
And I'm finally painting again, thanks to Andrew who picked up supplies for me. The paintings(I have 6 on the go at the moment) are all for the exhibition in October. I'll be posting pictures of each one as it's completed. It feels really good to have a brush in my hand again. And to be squeezing tubes of colour.
Yesterday I had confirmation that the solo exhibition which had been planned for October will go ahead. The original discussion had taken place a few months ago but due to my back problems I had left it on hold. I'm very excited, it's my first solo exhibition here on the island and I am grateful to the German-Maltese Circle for offering me their exhibition space, which is located in lovely old Messina Palace in Valletta
I have a lot of work to do to make up for the last 2 months of lolling around in bed. I hope to show some wips, if I have the time.
Haven't been able to post anything recently as I slipped a disc 8 weeks ago and have been more or less confined to bed and on the happy pills (pain killers).
During those weeks, apart from reading a huge amount I have not been able to do much else. The last week or so, I've started to get back to normal – I'm like the walking wounded now.
As soon as I was able to move about – I went back into my studio and lay on the day bed. Hobbling along the hallway form the darkness of the bedroom to the brightness of my studio really lifted my mood. I analysed the paintings on the walls. Which I found to be a very good exercise. It has also given me so many new ideas and I have many paintings in my head now – enough for several series, which I will start on as soon as I'm physically able.
I've managed to complete a couple of abstract charcoals which I had started before the disc incident. Playing with charcoal whilst flat on my back wasn't easy and the sheets retained a lot of the lovely grey tones from the dust.
I've also managed to complete a few pencil sketches and my gallery is now split into two sections: “Acrylics” and “Charcoal & Pencils”. A third section for digi-art will be added soon.
Here are another couple of charcoal portraits, again the references have been taken from Wet Canvas. Thanks WC
I've just started on a couple of abstract charcoal paintings which I will post when I've finished
Found this small canvas when I moved my stuff into the new studio and decided to paint over it.I posted it on the WC art forum and received the best comment I've ever had about a painting "It looks like sex", thanks timE you made my day
Been very remiss with blog postings of late, slap on the wrist. So here are a few of the pieces I've been working on. These are all charcoal and they are all references taken from the Wetcanvas image library, which is a great resource. With thanks to contributors Hugh Hill, Dale and whoever posted the "miner" ref, I'm afraid I can't find the name.
Just moved from my little studio to the big room at the back of our place, it's twice the size so I can make twice the mess! and I'll be able to use bigger canvases. Can't wait to get started.
The room has large windows and a glass door leading onto a balcony which I will fill with plants. Our dog loves it, he lies in the patch of sun that comes (most days) through the balcony door
Here's the third...