The last couple of months have been entirely devoted to painting. A wonderful, perplexing, slow motion dance which has filled my thinking with substance and touch as much as with looking and ideas. It mostly feels like learning to fly. Much time spent crunching inelegantly along the ground until suddenly I'm airbourne. Nobody more surprised than I am. Suprisingly, remaining airbourne is much easier than taking off. The next question is how long to stay up. It's so easy to get that wrong, overcook the painting and crash back to the ground. This means I spend the next day sifting through wreckage and hoping to find treasure. But sometimes I'm brave enough to trust the mark I made, leave it well alone and am greeted the next morning by some work which is breathing on it's own, an independent life form ready to tell me where to go next.
One welcome unintended consequence of all this time watching paint dry is that I spent the last two months almost completely free of social media. The time freed up by that was spent actually being social which was nearly as much fun as painting. But as you may know I rarely stay quiet for long, so here's my report on progress so far in the Cabinet of Lemmings project. This is a working title for a follow on show to 'Such Stuff' at the end of last year. I'm still thinking a lot about the relationship between painting and film. The first five back cloths are nearly ready :
These will be used as backgrounds for the animation, along with a model set and puppets which I'm also working on this week. I'm also working on some 1:2 scale puppets for use in the film as well as some props. Big project, time is short.
One of this weeks events is in London, at the Greenwich Printmakers Gallery :
The other event is at my Studio as part of CATOS 2012 Open Studios. Please get in touch if you'd like to visit, if you can't make it on the official day I'd be happy to arrange another time.
The final call is for my show at the Swan Inn in Bures, which will be coming down soon. I'd be very pleased to welcome you personally at any of them, preferring to be social without media whenever possible.