Month: November 2007

art on the map

So, it is art on the map this coming weekend, and that of necessity means clean up the studio, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Whilst in the midst of work my studio is generally a chaotic mess, as it is at the moment. I have buckets, and jugs that have been used as recepticalls for all manner of things, plaster, sand, water, gesso, paper,et al. and my bench is a litter of paint tubes metal flakes, vinegar, and various instruments brushes and sticks. However I will grit my teeth and try to bring some sort of order into my chaos. To most people it would just like a mess, but to me it is creative bliss. How am I getting on with my sphere’s?, well all I can say at present is that is 2as to pear through a glass darkly”. More than that I cannot say, nor even if this work will see the light of day.


I am sort of midway through my project, and I am beginning to feel resistance,( its a bit like getting married  when the honeymoon period is over)this is where you have to dig in. All the lovely shiny new ideas have to be turned into a reality, I hate this bit, so please forgive if I sound like a grumpy, mardy, impatient………..!? I am trying also to sourse some light units, some small self contained leds that can be fitted into my spheres, so the journey continues.

mess and process

I have been in my studio all week, and because my work involves quite a few different processes and also drying time in between, I have got at least 4 different stages happening at once, and all messy. Yesterday involved at different times, plaster layering, gesso layering, painting and gilding, on approx 5 different pieces, so when I am asked how long does it take to create a piece or panel, it is impossible to andwer without keeping ridiculously detailed time sheets. The result being a messy studio and a messy artist, meals on the hoof, and total collapse at night. Well I must away back to the workshop.

dreaming and admin

seems to me that so much time is spent on admin. I have just had three days of the damn stuff, and considering that monday was climbing a ******* mountain, next 3 days admin, and this morning having my usual friday morning coffee and bitching session with my friend and fellow colleague, followed by writing this blog, not much has been acheived on the work front, apart from the dreaming thing, and so I suppose you could say that much has been achieved as dreaming time is imortant to the creative process. I have some of my best ideas just around the waking or going to sleep time, granted I usually dont remember the falling asleep stuff, but the waking time I find very valuable. My friend however does her creative thinking stuff under the shower, so, whatever rocks your boat, go with it. The positive side of all this is that having subjected myself to enforced paperwork, I now have free raign to get on with my work. I’ll keep you posted, I have to go and rescue my cat from next doors bully cat.