Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting there

Today is going to be a big one. Going unconditional on the new house, as some other people thought they might like it to, and that isn't on! Total crazy without selling ours, but the lovely bank manager was so kind and said yes to the bridging finance! Yikes!! In 60 days time it will be all on. Have a few contingencies up our sleeves, including me having to go and actually get paid to work! The indignity of it, it's a bummer being an artist sometimes!

So speaking of art, finally I am putting a painting on my blog! Sorry the photo is not good, my excuse is I didn't take it. Dropped it off at the framer last week and in such a hurry forgot to take a snap of it without the glass in. He said he'd do it for me, and I assumed that a picture framer could actually take a decent photo, including use high resolution. But no ..... oh well shouldn't complain too much as he kindly framed it for FREE! I usually frame them myself (at a great weekend course that runs once a term) and use a black moulding, but last time I had to get James the picture framer to do something for me as there wasn't a course on before my exhibition, and he said he thought white mouldings would look better, and he'd do one for free! So here it is, think I'll call it "Mapping it Out". It's off to the Autumn exhibition at the Suter Art Gallery today.

Mapping it Out

Now I'll add some of the other road series paintings I did recently. They are mainly acrylic paint on this paper that I got at the recycling centre. Two huge rolls of the stuff which has been used somewhere for screen printing shirts as there are shirt shaped pieces all over it, and the printing is backwards. In the painting above there isn't much of the under printed stuff visible like in some of the others. I then use paint markers to draw on the roads, road signs etc.

Giving Way

Left Turn

Gentle Bend

 In "Crossroads" you can see the printing that was originally on the paper more clearly. This was the first painting I did in this style. Not really sure where it all came from, because apart from the colour palette and the subject matter (ie landscapes and road signs) I've never done any other work like this. It was a mixture of free and quick painting, and the slower more considered drawing, which I also like to do.

Hanging in the exhibition "From Here to There"

Hanging in the exhibition "From Here to There"
Now you can see the problem with taking photos of my work once it's behind glass! And can compare the black to the white moulding, I'm still not sure which I prefer.

Well the family is all about to wake, the day has dawned, and I'd better hop to it!

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