Here is the most “what was I thinking” painting that I have produced so far: A poor octopus, lost in the birch woods, observed by judgemental faces and a blue tired lady. The acrylic 122 x 91cm painting is for sale now at Etsy and can be shipped to UK only.
I don’t know if you fellow artists (this includes musicians and writers and the jolly rest) and illustrators agree….my work seems to grow like a living being as I move along with drawing. Ernest Hemingway said that “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I totally agree and find this little quote suitable for all creative outpourings somehow.
Here’s an illustration I did today. I took some images of the making-of process and only now, when editing them together and making a little film (Oscar nomination is guaranteed), did I notice the growing and organic quality the process has. Judge for yourselves & leave some comments!
Whoever has been in our living room must have noticed this lady. She was a bday present from me to my SO nearly three years ago.
Untypical minimalism here as I just picked up painting again.
Gouache and acrylics.
There is method to the madness. First, I usually draw a freehand sketch, from which I take the main lines or shapes and emphasise them with pencil. I then start filling them in with fineliner, thickness 0.5 or 0.7.
Then I’d add more detail with pencil and if happy with the result, draw it in with fineliner of the thickness 0.2, 0.1 or 0.05.
Colour comes at the end. I normally work from left to right and top to bottom.
Cadogan Square is an A3 I drew within 9 hours.
Size: 7.9 H x 11.8 W x 0.1 inch
Like most of my geometric paintings, this one lives from asymmetrical symmetry and fine irregularities as well as stark contrast of shade and colour. It very much represents how rather rhythmic music of natural instruments sounds to me -the slight imperfections in tone make it perfect. This is an expression of visible sound thanks to bouts of synaesthesia.