A new decade beckons and I along with many others get to wondering what the future has in store.
This time of year I often get a strong urge to make changes and I have spent the past week blitzing and repainting both the living room and kitchen. Why did I think that was a good idea? Can’t wait to get back to my easel now!
My website needs a similar ‘blitzing’ which I will be working on over the next couple of weeks. It seems a good time to start afresh, my trusty old computer finally croaked its last the week before Christmas, and I have been busy getting to grips with the new one, which I discover has the speed of Usain Bolt compared to the old one which I now realise was more like me trying to run..anywhere..
So onwards and hopefully upwards as we enter 2020, along with a great big Happy New Year to everybody who follows me on Social Media, have sent me kind words and likes and even bought or commissioned work from me. I thank you all, every tiny bit of encouragement means more than you can imagine to an artist. I am excited for what I am feeling is a new phase in my journey as a painter, and hoping we all experience some good old fashioned contentment and happiness in the coming twelve months. Peace, joy and blessings to you all.
‘Port’ 24cm x 30cm oil on panel
Can’t believe it is December already, it’s been an odd sort of year, and I have spent quite a bit of it soul searching about the direction I want my art to take. Feeling like I am at the edge of something new – perhaps it’s also an age thing! – I guess lots of artists hit this phase, a sort of plateau and confess I have at times been very down and distracted by it all to the point where I have been absent from the easel for days at a time… I have been thinking about what is important and what inspires me in my work. I have a strong urge to delve much deeper into portraiture in 2020 so watch this space!
I am finding I am spending much more time painting from life, maybe it’s all part of the search for confidence in my work, though I rarely post the results of such endeavours I am popping a couple of these efforts below. I have made a promise to myself to have more confidence share what excites and inspires me going forward. As the main breadwinner in the family it is difficult to allow oneself the luxury to be truly creative to allow yourself to develop and evolve, so you often end up subconsciously sticking with doing what you know works, perhaps there is a lack of confidence that you will be able to take your audience with you on your journey, but either way I have come to the conclusion that to both keep that work fresh and to continue to develop as a painter much more time must be made – somehow! – to work on art that feeds into my development as a painter. I am sure I am not alone in this dilemma.
Apple Blossom Time
I have been a bit quiet on here recently, so busy with processing the Horse in Art exhibition entries and painting work for that and also for the Waunifor End of Summer Exhibition. 18 -27 August 10am – 5pm daily
Always look forward to this one. In my opinion it is one of the best exhibitions locally this summer. Please come along and enjoy the diverse range of art on display.
‘Art at Waunifor is a high standard annual exhibition of local professional artists based in West Wales. This is our eleventh year of exhibiting in the Cedar Hall, a lovely, big and airy building at Waunifor, surrounded by beautiful woodland gardens. There is a café during the show, a children’s play area and free parking. Entry to the exhibition is also free.’