Procrastinations of a working man


Some interesting developments over the last couple of days, firstly I am now definitely going part time with my current job, I'm only dropping one working day but it is a start, after all canal locks produce big changes slowly.


Disjointedly moving on, a technical point now - which is probably pretty obvious is that I have discovered - via a mixture of curiously, research, and frustration that my technical pens will work absolutely perfectly with diluted inks.  This opens up so many new possibilities in terms of colours.  Since beginning experimenting with coloured inks and technical pens I have always used white to tint, change and lighten each colour, this is how can I and lends my work a certain look.  Thumbing through books, magazines, surfing work from other artists - new and old I marvel at the colour and effects being achieved, all the while wondering how I can keep my work evolving.  Now, with this modest inky development I would like to begin exploring colours in a much wider sense, saturation, luminosity and some pure colours.  I have begun to find the use of tinting restrictive and it made me question the limits of technical pens.  As you may know I am colour blind so the use of colour can be sketchy ground for me but now an area my work demands.  


It's a nice thought that when I started to use colour it was a revelation, it literally transformed my work and passion for what I do in an instant, at the time I thought I'd taken such a bold step (as I'd always resigned myself to a world of monochrome work) and in a sense it still is the case, I embraced my deficiencies in colour with the simple thought in mind that that it is part of me as much as my ideas or current aesthetic so be courageous and use it - after all it's my identity and nobody else has it.  Essentially this thought distils what an artist is, what an artist has and how an artist works.  An expression of identity through a chosen vehicle (but not limited to).


I'm never going to be a gentle colourist or understand/ see colour in the same way that a normally sighted person does - however, this doesn't mean I cannot make an interesting submission into the very human endeavour of art.  It also (for any artists who are lacking in confidence due to colour blindness) doesn't mean that your use of colour defaults to bad or inferior - just different.


Thank you as always for reading.


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A week in the world of...

A few developments since my last post, mostly on a positive note.

Firstly the drawing I submitted to the ING Discerning Eye was rejected - bummer.  I had to do the walk of shame and collect it on Tuesday.  Whilst being disappointed it revealed questions and tested the faith I have in what I do.  I can confirm my skin is extremely thick and after some very minor doubts my resolve saw off these thoughts.

I know this is a very small bump in the road - and for most a par of course occurrence but it was the first time I'd put myself out there so in my mind it was magnified somewhat, having said that the whole experience has been a great learning exercise and it has shown what I can do if I put my mind to it (in terms of meeting a deadline) and ironically given me bags of confidence, I feel although I have grown in some way as a direct result of the whole submission process.  The moral of the story:

Get your work out there as much as humanly possible.

I have now become the owner of this fine website - thank you for visiting.

I am now the very proud inhabitant of some proper studio space.  BIG WIN.  It is a heated, secure, very well lit space - and I already love it.  I spent a while last night moving in and tonight i have adorned the walls with a multitude of sketches, drawings and ideas that have otherwise been out of sight and therefore out of the minds eye.  

After splashing my drawings all over the walls I decided I needed to "bed" into the space by starting to actually work, I made a pencil drawing over the space of about four hours (no pictures sorry).  I couldn't believe just how much I had missed working in an area in which I could see my other ideas and drawings, it definitely helps in terms of resolving ideas, pushing work to new standards and solidifying patterns of sketches and drawings that haven't made it off of the mark.  I am going to push as hard as I can now and try to accelerate my output. 



Exciting times ahead.