Thursday, 12 April 2007

A post with no picture!!!

Been in the pub tonight, thus no new painting done, but I was chatting with my friend Neil about what I was planning on working on next, so thought I’d list some of my cluttered thoughts here…perhaps they’ll be vaguely interesting?…perhaps they’ll just serve to remind me of what I was planning on doing when I sober up…First, I need to finish the still life of the chard and apples for Artweeks. I’ve portraits of Ant, Neil and Steve to do…again I want to push the painterly effects on these, so they’ll be an excellent learning experience. I’ve got the ongoing portrait commission, which I’m looking forward to getting stuck into :) I need to continue and finish the Jack in the bath picture. I’ve been thinking of an idea for a “portrait” of my grandfather and have worked that one out while in Cornwall…he was a fine gardener and I was thinking of showing this side of his character by painting many gardening tools in an allotment setting…but I’ve fine tuned this to an abandoned pair of Wellington boots, left on a window sill that’s all overgrown with ivy…it’s a bit of a sad/fond way of approaching things, but it reminds me a little of a painting by Freud – a view from the rear of his house, over rooftops, which I love – and I think if I paint it large and loose…it could have the potential to be a beautiful picture…so I’m looking forward to that one too. I’ve also got an idea for another “still life with a hand” similar to the “pears” – this one would be of a set of shelves with a hand placing…or picking up a note mysteriously left there…the note might say “sorry”, it’ll be up to the viewer to decide if the note is being placed or picked up…And I’ve got a strange idea for painting some feet in the bathroom…laying on the floor…passed out…dead…asleep….? Again the viewer would need to draw their own conclusions…that one sounds REALLY weird, so you’ll definitely need to see a sketch at some point…also thinking about doing something with some clothes abandoned on a chair…might do that just as a pencil drawing, haven’t done a finished one of those in a while…Anyway, that should keep me busy for a bit…if you don’t see these appearing on here…start complaining!...thanks to everyone who posts comments, it really help to encourage me/kick me up the ass…;)

7 comments:

Miss T said...

Rant? More like a ramble 8-) Just finishing something might be a start 8-).

I really like the idea of the 'portrait' of your Grandfather. I've found that soes and other footwear tells you so much about a person.

http://www.mystudios.com/art/post/van-gogh/van-gogh-boots.html

Is a case in point.

Graham said...

I’ve finished loads of stuff lately you cheeky monkey ;) But you do have a point, the still life and Jack need finishing…:) Still the watercolours are in being framed now, so we have some progress this week…:)

That’s a very nice Van-Gogh…

Miss T said...

I rather like this take on things too:

http://artchive.com/artchive/M/magritte/magritte_red_model.jpg.html

But that's not quite your style 8-)

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Graham said...

Actually I really like that Magritte…I’ve been wondering if I should inject a bit more surrealism into some of the oil paintings…The “Jack” picture is slightly surreal, as is the “Pears” one, but not as obviously as this…Hmmmm, something for me to mull over and add to the list of paintings that need doing :)

http://artchive.com/artchive/M/magritte/
magritte_red_model.jpg.html

SueC said...

...pulls back foot and aims....

Actually they all sound like superb ideas for paintings and I am especially intrigued with the abandoned clothes on a chair idea...would they belong to one person or two? Room for some delicious intrigue there I reckon ;-)

Graham said...

I was thinking of using one persons clothes on a chair…but hopefully still leaving the viewer wondering what the person not wearing them was up to…But having two peoples clothes would certainly add an extra dimension… Perhaps I could do a series…:) At this rate I’ll have to quit my day job and paint all day long…:)