They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but i’m going to ignore that saying and focus on my good intentions for the immediate future.
As we now know we will be moving to London I have lots of new artistic ideas, all of which I intend to do, but as I am sure most of you know my creative brain works very quickly so some ideas may not come into fruitition as I am constantly inspired by life and my ideas are forever changing.
At present, while I try to find a new studio, my plan is to arrange painting lessons, which means I need to work on lesson plans and a presentation to try and sell the idea to people. I also wish to visit all the churches in the city of London and paint them, there is an interesting idea behind my wish to do this and I will go into more detail in relation to this idea when I get to a point where I can start. I also wish to do a large painting for one of the galleries in London (in fact I want to do six large paintings, but I thought it would be best to take one step at a time), I know what I will be painting and the symbolism of the piece, but again, I will discuss this in more detail when I start. I also need to get an A3 printer so I can do larger mounted and framed prints of my artwork, and possibly even some of my photography pieces. I currently work in acrylics, but I would also like to do all of my future paintings in oil, so this is something I need to research. I was also thinking about biting the bullet where tattooing was concerned and giving that a second try. When I find my new studio I would also like to invite other artists to show their work, so if you are an artist do contact me and I will keep you in the loop. I also wish to….
I wish to do a lot of things and I will no doubt do them, but before I get washed away with ideas I need to stop thinking and get on with the move.
My studio will be closing on 19th March 2013, it will be sad to say goodbye, but who knows whats around the corner?
Life has turned another corner and this one is taking me away from my studio in Leominster. Although this is a sad event as the people around here are so nice and supportive, it is also a happy event as I now have the opportunity to take everything I have learnt here and make a real go of it in a more professional manner without all my novice mistakes. I was rather gung-ho when I jumped at the opportunity to open a studio in Leominster and within 1 week of finding the space the studio was open, which I do not regret in any way, shape or form and I am incredibly grateful of the opportunity, but, this time I have a list of things to do before I open my next studio to the public.
At first there was the idea of returning to my hometown, Bristol, which would have been wonderful as not only would I be close to my family and friends, but also because it is an open-minded and young city where there are always things going on like the International Balloon Fiesta, Harbour Festival, St Pauls Carnival and many other things. All these events bring people into the city so I could have painted my hometown for the locals and tourists alike as I know all the places of interest in Bristol (and hidden places of interest). I have also always wanted a stall in St Nicholas Market as it is a great market that everyone should visit, so that would have been amazing. At present the return to Bristol has fallen through but it seems like London is on the cards. London is a great area for an artist as there are lots of tourists and there are also lots of galleries. London offers vast opportunities as the people who live, work and visit there come from all over the world. A move to Jersey has also been mentioned, which would be amazing and a completely different kettle of fish than the large cities as it would offer much different opportunities.
At the end of the day there are opportunities everywhere and at present my partner and I do not know where we are going, all we know is that we are leaving Leominster. Together we have lived in Cumbria, Stockport, Manchester, Cornwall, Devon, Birmingham and now Hereford. Nowhere is really out of the question, but we aren’t quite at the point of buying a vineyard and moving to the south of France yet so it seems we need somewhere to stop off on the way.
The most positive thing I will take from my time in Leominster, excluding the lovely people, is that all of the paintings I believed would sell, did sell, and the paintings I thought wouldn’t sell, didn’t sell. I hung older artworks of a more personal nature in my studio and I knew these pieces would not sell to the general public and they would more likely be pieces collectors would buy when I am better well known, and I was correct as nobody bought these pieces yet there was vast voyeuristic interest in them. While the pieces I painted especially for the studio which I thought people would like to hang on their walls were all sold.
With this in mind I believe I can have the best of both worlds where I can paint what I like, in any style I like as inside I will know if people will buy them or not as I seem to know what the public wants. This is a good place to be. First and foremost I am an artist therefore I love to produce art, but I am also trying to get to a place where I can make a good living from my art therefore I need to paint what I like with you, the public, in mind. I wouldn’t say this was compromising my art as I simply love to paint and if I can paint something that someone else loves and wishes to hang on their wall then I am a very happy artist indeed.
I will keep you all informed in relation to my relocation, I will have a better idea of what is going on in a few weeks.
…sounds like a good name for a TV show, but it’s not, it’s the name of my most recent commission painted for Ross Hoskins AKA Wolfman.
Wolfman started to talk about this commission at the end of last year, around October, and he has been thinking about it and planning it since then.
Presenting someone a commissioned painting is always a little more nerve wracking when the idea of the painting has been based on a conversation rather than a photograph as when you paint from a photograph it just needs to look similar, but when you paint from a conversation you need to get into that persons head and try to visualise their thoughts to make sure you are both on the same page, so I am incredibly happy that Wolfman loves his painting.
Wolfman has prints taken from the painting below, one of the whole painting and one of the middle wolf’s face, which you can also see below, and this painting will accompany the prints on the wall. Wolfman and I have come to an agreement that if he gets me 10 sales then he can have the original painting for free to add to his collection, he is currently on 6, so just 4 more to go before I wave goodbye to my wolves and the painting leaves my shop to find it’s new home. Even if someone came in and offered me lots of money for the painting before he reached 10 I wouldn’t be able to sell it as he’s almost there and I think that would be incredibly mean (I could always paint another one if someone really wanted it).
It really does mean the world to me when people love my artwork and they feel that they must have certain pieces, especially when they are happy to go the extra mile to get hold of it.
As I have included my other wolf paintings in this update I think it would be wrong to leave out my favourite. It seems that my wolf paintings make people’s imagination come alive as everyone who sees my wolves tells me a story about what is happening and I am sure Hoskins Bluff will be no exception to this.
You can watch the above painting come to life below, so make yourself a cup of tea, sit back, relax and enjoy…
Wolf & I
for more time-lapse paintings please click the link below