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...
Here's the second "palette knife mini":
This is the first of what may become a series of small works done with a palette knife. They are 24x30cm acrylic on canvas board.
Okay I'm up and down like the weather at the moment. No dosh for canvas and paint, so I've dusted off my graphic tablet and here are some of the results:
Be open hearted... .
I love art books. They are delicious. I see them and want to dive into them, for me they are as irresistible as a bottle of good red. With that said I ordered the New Acrylics Essential Sourcebook by Rheni Tauchid and eagerly awaited its arrival.
It did not disappoint.
Whether you are a new artist or someone like me who has been painting for years, there is a wealth of information and the rich colours and textures of the paintings made me want to rush into my studio and start sloshing colours around. The most stunning and imaginative thing for me is a coat made out of paint skins.
The latest of the muscle/bone studies.
Next time you laugh or speak just think of the work that goes on underneath.