Creative timewarp

art, creative thinking, creativity, painting
Creativity is intoxicating stuff. Anxious to keep my painting momentum going, I thought I'd have a go at a quick sketch, just to keep things moving. For this picture I painted with the surface horizontal as I looked upwards into the mirror. The diffuse tungsten lighting was largely from behind and a bit to the sides and it cast a tangibly warm hue. Well, a 'quick sketch' turned into an non-stop eight hour session that ended at four o'clock in the morning! Time just evaporated and when I finally put my brushes down I had it in my mind that it was about midnight. No other creative activity that I do seems to induce this timewarping quality quite so much as painting does. Weird and delightful at the same time.…
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A little less rust

art, painting
The quest to dust off the old painting skills continues. Another self-portrait I'm afraid; largely for the same reason I did the first one! This self-portrait is larger than life-size which is the first time I've ever approached a portrait in this way and it took a little while to correctly eyeball the proportions and relationships between the key elements while visually scaling them up on the painting surface. Things seemed to happen much faster this time around and there was more fluency and confidence in the mark making. The whole painting took less than half the time of the original, which is quite a step forward. In feel, it is looser and more 'airy' than the first portrait and the subtle change in lighting tended to soften out details,…
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Painting over rust

art, painting
According to John Singer Sargent, “A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth”. I know precisely what he means. Over the recent Christmas break I decided that I’d make an effort to get back to painting again. It came as a shock to realise that I hadn’t painted at all in more than twelve years – how did that happen? – and I’ve recently begun to feel quite keenly the loss of not painting anymore. Determined to strike while the iron is hot, I popped down the artshop to buy a few essentials and returned to my study full of vim and an eagerness to simply get stuck in. In the times when I did used to paint and draw regularly it was largely figurative work that…
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I calls it ‘bird in flight’

art, drawing, vector
Mmmm. This vector business is hard enough just trying to create static forms, but trying to impart a sense of movement - that’s tricky. Here’s an attempt to do just that with a mallard coming in to land. Must be quackers. Grateful acknowledgements to Alan D. Wilson for Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) use of source photograph. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/360302/mallard
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