It is a while since I posted to the blog but I’m making a new commitment to keep it updated. The main reason for my extended silence has been busyness – which is of course, a good thing. Last October I moved into a dedicated studio in Lancaster where I can further develop my Art practice. It has been increasingly important over the last year to find a quiet, clean space to work where I am also in contact with others in the Art community. Since then I have been working on a series of works that continue to explore ideas relating to my experiences of the diverse, and often unusual landscapes that I visit near my home on Morecambe Bay.
My decision to make this move arrived at a time of reflection last summer when I realised that it was time to commit to my painting and drawing more fully, or perhaps to stop completely. Having a studio brings more structure to the day, separating my professional life from my home life, and has also allowed me to create a healthier head-space in which to work and concentrate for extended periods of time. Well, I really hit the ground running last October, and currently have thirteen works in progress towards an exhibition later this year. I feel the work is steadily growing stronger along with my understanding of the reasons why I am making it – something I will write about more fully a little later down the line.
Before I leave you with some images of my studio and works in progress I would like to mention a very helpful book that I have been referring to during these months. I mention this especially if any other Artists are reading and would like some practical, well thought out advice. It is called Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland, and it has helped me to navigate some of the obstacles to making work, such as fear of failure and perfectionism. The writers also point out quite eloquently that the only way to make your work and reach your goals is to get your head down and get on with it! I’ve never enjoyed making the work as much, and have begun to develop some practices which are really working for me, such as working without judgement. This is helping me to distance myself emotionally from my work and be more objective.
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