Here you see two paintings in progress: what I'm provisionally calling 'Have To Whisper' and 'RGB'.
I've already shown you the beginning of 'Have To Whisper', and you can see that I'm starting to add a bit of colour. It was about time! Sometimes I get incredibly frustrated with the slow initial take off when nothing seems to be happening in the painting and it really looks nothing like what I have in my mind's eye for the finished product. So it's really good to be at the point of starting to add a little initial colour to brighten things up.
You can also see in the first two pics the beginning of 'RGB' and you can see me laying down, in the absolutely initial stages, some shapes and some texture. You'll see how this develops over the next few days and weeks, but it'll be funny to see the final result when you look at what it was like at the start.
The middle pic shows the artist - that'd be me - having some vital reflective 'down' time, to take stock and try and work out what the hell he's gonna do next.. ;-)
Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!
Hello abstract spirits! This is an idea I had to put some stuff up on this blog devoted to my abstract art considering that I can't produce a new painting as often as I can post an iPhone photo, that's for sure!
So here, to keep things a bit interesting, I offer you some images of a painting which is nothing like finished, but is certainly started. And what's going to be interesting is to see how it evolves over the days or indeed weeks (ok, months) as is often the case.
The painting is in my 'infinity squared' series, where the interesting characteristic is that they consist of nine square canvases which make an even bigger square painting with... no beginning and no end.
Although you may well not be able to read it in the final version, the words you can see here are some selected phrases from three of my poems: Bridge Girl, She Shines and Have To Whisper.
It's an idea I've wanted to incorporate into my painting for a long time: a few of my words which I then gratuitously obscure with layers of paint and perspiration in the same way as these lines will eventually be lost in misty memories and dusty years.
So this is where I finally get my abstract act together... maybe. This is the one that started it all, or maybe it was the black and white pic I'll post very soon. Anyway, this was the moment I discovered my 'thing' and what will satisfy me for the rest of my abstract artistic life. Maybe. Probably. Who cares.
This is right at the beginning after I'd played around with colours and textures for a while and then, finally, thanks to a fortuitous coffee in a cafe where someone had done something along the same lines I got my 'flash' of inspiration.