It’s hard to sit down and gather thoughts on new work. Being back in my studio after some time has made it a bit slow getting used to my new environment.
Tonight I have a new piece of work that I think is almost finished. It began about 2 weeks ago and finally a new conversation has begun. When it’s finished I will post it including it’s progress and perhaps some feedback and thoughts will be shared on it.
This is a light sensitised piece of paper from my sketchbook (very small sketch book, Approx A6). I love the involvement of my painterly techniques that liquid light sensitising allows. It resembles an organic type of conversation between my ‘painter’ and ‘photographer’ side. This is all too inevitable I feel.. I’m enjoying the collaboration of both sides.. At the moment I am pushing this experience into a more ‘intrusive’ environment where I am marrying the two worlds together. Does/Will it work?? I am pushing my boundaries so I guess I have answered my question..
This is my son Aaron on sketchbook paper.
This is a self portrait on light sensitised watercolor paper.
I began a new painting today working in the larger scale. I had forgotten the feeling of freedom working larger had allowed me in the past. Its hard to explain. Like my physical movements against a canvas closer to my size make me feel immersed somewhat. Working large after many years is like a new experience to me all over again. You could say I feel as fresh and new as my new studio and surrounding environment.
I am preoccupied with thoughts of time and existence. I am not sure why, perhaps it is to do with my adoption and dealing with what that meant to me growing up..Or maybe it is just to do with my awareness of how short a time span we get to live on this tiny planet. It may be both..I don’t know.
Here is something I’m working on at the moment. I use myself in the photo as part of 2 life forms communicating with the surroundings within the realm of existence (the second life form being the long living trees). Thoughts such as the fading of time and of memory, the fragility of the mind and of life itself are all part of a reminder of sorts about what we are.
I took this photograph on my Praktica MLT50 film camera. (I love the this camera!) I used the built in timer to help take the photo but it was tricky as I had only approximately 5 seconds to get into position. It was a good thing too though as I had no time to think of what pose I should fall into. When I was developing this in the darkroom, I wanted a faded exposure so I used my enlarger to help achieve this. The photographic paper I used is warm-tone for warmth and authenticity.
I am a painter and explorer of alternative photography. My studio is a combination of oil painting and darkroom utilities. I want to share my visual diary of painting and photography with the hope of connecting with other artists in the art community here at home and across the world.
This is my first artist blog! I don’t know a whole lot about blogging but hopefully after some time I will get the hang of it. 🙂
Welcome to my world!