Back 2 It

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I could hardly be described as prolific when it comes to this blogging business, but here I am again with a couple of random images – a digitally worked life drawing – original done with ink and a wooden skewer, and a couple of abstract muckabout things. Nothing startling, just some inkling of what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been off on holiday for the past couple of weeks and been a bit intermittent with the whole Internet thing – as for the blog – the lack of posts speaks for itself. So, what has been happening? Well, as nice as it is to have a week off college I am looking forward to getting back into it on Wednesday. I genuinely have missed creating.

I had a productive spell tidying out the artshed today. I picked up a new table at Ikea last week, set it up in the shed today, and I’m looking forward to getting some creativity going with it. While clearing out I found some interesting stuff I did last year – just some doodles and textured papers – its good finding old stuff that I might be able to exploit for new work. I’ll need all the help I can get in putting this portfolio together. I’m still at the sketchbook stage with most of my college work so a big push is needed to get some bigger work sorted out before Christmas.

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More Sea, Storm and Nonsense.

Some more mixed media sketches.

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I am utterly full of the cold and have no desire to create in me tonight. College again tomorrow so hopefully this will have eased by then. It’s the last week before the school October break. I’m missing the last week of college so I’ll need to make sure I’m up to speed with all subjects.

Under Construction – Rothko Outrage

I spent an hour or so the other day with Ross in the artshed – he helped me out making surfaces for painting – hammering slate, pouring glue, shaking sand and the like. He had fun and it was good to get him involved. I don’t usually show this stage of the work I’ve been doing but I think these surfaces have a quality of their own – before I go ruining them with paint etc…

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I just read that the idiot who defaced the Rothko painting at Tate Modern has been arrested. Good. Not everyones thing but I think that abstract expressionism was the where art peaked in the last century. Rothko’s sublime works stand among the most memorable of the age. It’s well over 50 years since that movement and the work is still fresh, engaging and full of wonder – it is probably testament to it that many people still see it as avant garde and unpalatable – I, however, love it – and it probably informs what I do now in some way. Anyhoo – daubing your name on a Rothko masterpiece thinking it is going to add value (as the perpetrator has said) is plain stupidity – I don’t know what this guys punishment should be but I’m glad he has been caught.

Ok, now Robert Hughes’ ‘Shock of the New’ rerun is on BBC4 now. I seem to be eating art these days. Ta ta.