Making art is inconvenient The creative mind is disobedient Ideas spring at the wrong time of day Late evening towards bedtime Stopping the slide into slumber Rising then from sleep Morning presents a rash of tasks and chores Clouding the mind anxious to work Through meditation I
Structured flow of notes Loud and soft, tones, pauses Drawn from practice, hours syncopated Reading by sight, or improvised The instrument, the medium, dedication Searching for flow, harmony, composition Scores of great masters inherited, gifted Lessons from the past, the canon Speaking, expressing. Expressing.
Mixing the medium to move the paint Researching the priming, recipes learnt Testing, smearing, combining Pigments of all hues, suspended particles In linseed oil spread, oxidising The graphite, lead mark absorbed Erased or reinforced Products historic and synthetic to test To select, to include. Include.
Questioning the experience lived Within and without. Inspirations Giving voice, exploring, reasoning Editing a statement, a view Point by point, cohering or reacting Communicating, absorbing, conducting Referencing, questioning, developing, practices Making thought form. Form.
I was recently invited to take part in a conversation with fellow artists Amelia Hawk, Lady Kitt and Lucy Wright on the theme of ‘Notions of Care’. Each of us has our own unique perspective on this, and it is interesting to hear how this is reflected
A little competition for all the family! Have a go at colouring in this composition of ‘What’s happening at Bradley’s Corner?’. Send a photo of your completed, colourful picture to me by email (email@example.com) and I will add it to the gallery below. The best picture will
Applying force to the ink block Adjusting the pressure on the pencil tip Analysing the return of light from the Painted stroke: translucent, sunken Matte or lustrous layers Stretching the canvas over the wooden frame Taut or flexed, surface support Dialling up the frequency of lines Rhythmic
Learning to proportion limbs to head Head to torso Measuring angles cross-through-to-figures Calculating ratios of canvas to Composition to sketches resized Returning tax forms of income, expenses, etc Re-measuring the features sketched in The marker points of identity Costing the exhibition, framed, presented. Presented.
Visiting museums we make acquaintances. We are blessed with many wonderful collections of art in the UK, none more so than in the north west of England, where I travelled to visit family over Christmas last year. On the way up I called in to Manchester Art
Learning to construct a contour From the inside out Investing the practice, thinking hours Internalise the Latin Names and forms Origin to insertion points Our common, human Structure Moving us. Making us. Us.