Saturday, 11 April 2009

Steve Kim

not alot of art has happened because of easter with family but now everythings calmed down iv been chilling and browsing the sites (juxtapoz, designyoutrust, fffound). I came across Steve Kim and although i do like his work, it was more his artist statement that i was interested in:

"Although I wish I could say otherwise, my paintings typically begin with an unpretentious, but slightly embarrassing,"Hey, that's neat. That looks fun to paint". If I'm lucky I'll have my camera with me, but more often than not it's something duly noted and set aside.

It is with this attitude that I pick out photos to paint from. I browse the ever-expanding collection of pictures I've taken and when one catches my eye—for whatever reason at all—I go ahead and paint it. I don't particularly revel in my use of photography. I am not mediating between its role in the arts or painting specifically. I use it because it's practical, and alternatives do not exactly abound. Luckily, I like photography and post processing, so I happen to know enough to discern how it might influence my painting for better or worse."

it hit a note with as i feel that thats how i do my work but there doesnt seem to be a place for this in art, atleast this is what my tutors tell me, forcing meaning into my work. this really doesnt help my work, as i get over whelmed and think to much and my work stagnates n becomes to contrived. its nice to see someone being successful who feels similarly to me.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

The Birds!

drawing birds is so easy, all you have to do its get the kind of right, and no one will question it which is a nice change from portraiture. so i drew a few birds with a soluble pen i got earlier then started to destroy them with water, with varying results. on normal cartridge paper and greese proof paper, i ended up with two massive blobs. i had got some canvas paper earlier aswel so i gave that a go and it worked well. i recon it must be that its sealed or something. here are the results. awful pics, il scan em at some point. yey 3 posts.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

The begining

So iv found my work is really slow at the moment and i decided a blog would help me get my ideas down in one place hopefully get me moving again.Im new to blogging so im not really sure what to do so any help or input from anyone who happens upon this would very much aprieciated.
Im Pete and i live in Manchester where i studying a degree in fine art painting at Manchester Met.
I think il leave it there for now but im going to post again very soon. Heres one of the only pieces iv actaully been happy with recently.

p.s sorry for the rubbish quality pic