Sunday, 14 April 2013

voluntary work

Last week I started doing voluntary charity work . It has helped with so much, my confidence, self esteem, gets me in good habits for getting up in the morning.

I actually prefer it to paid work actually because there is no pressure and no superiors talking down to you. Its better than being a freelance illustrator, not that that would take much. :)

The best thing about it is that its something else to talk about. I dont want to just do one thing all the time. I want to do lots of different things and have something interesting to talk about.

So when someone asks me what ive been up to it wont be ive been at home drawing. It will be Ive been drawing and doing some voluntary work.

Its very rewarding actually. It has helped me develop my people skills and I have not sworn once, but its early days yet.
6 hours of my time a week. I think I will carry on with it because it is inspiring and something I enjoy.

Friday, 12 April 2013

In the studio with vic episode 1

A while a go I rearranged the rooms in my 3 storey terraced house. What was my bedroom has now been transformed into a new art studio. All my books are on the shelves and all of my art equipment is exactly where I can find it.

I thought it would be fun if I do a little series in my blog of stuff I am getting up to in the studio. 

Today I have decided to attempt still life the old fashioned way. I will be experimenting with different media, composition, lighting, techniques.

The first thing I need is some stuff to draw so I went round the kitchen and gathered some fruit a jug some pots and an old throw.

I have read a book on cezanne recently. Although I do not want to imitate his style I learned some things I didnt know about his technique.

different, better, balanced

Ive missed writing in my blog. I read some of my old blog posts just now. I was a little disturbed by them quite frankly, it was as if another person had written them. I have matured in the last 4 months also, changed, I feel different, better, balanced.

Having learnt so much about myself in the last 4 months I realised that being negative and being anti negative are pretty much the same thing because they both focus on the negative.

I was focusing on what I didnt want instead of what I did want. How silly of me.

 I heard this quote the other day by Mother Teresa, she had the right idea and I can understand where she is coming from.


"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there."

Mother Teresa
When you focus on something be it good or bad it increases in importance. no good will ever come of being anti-negative I can guarantee. look at me, read the pages of this blog it was like I was walking down a spiral staircase and as I decended the step behind me dissapeard.
So be pro positive, pro sucess focus on the things you do want. Thats my new motto. It really does change your life.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

What would you wade through mud for?

I had a friend come and stay with me and tyler over easter, he is a 55 year old trainspotter/ academic called Bob I have known him for 15 years since I was a child. He is our familys oldest and dearest friend, in fact he's one of the family.

last week Bob, Ty and I decided to go for a walk to Mount st bernards abbey(good scones) I live at the very edge of the town so I am within walking distance of the countryside.

There is a short cut/ country path that is only about 5 minutes from my house that leads to the abbey but Bob insisted that we go the long way round.

I had new shoes on that I was trying to break in, and blisters from yesterdays walk round loughborough (tyler wanted to go on the easter bunny express).
I decided it would be more comfortable if I walked bare foot. After a while I started to lag behind and told the guys that I would catch up with them, next time I looked they were two hills away and my feet were killing.

I decided to walk back to the shortcut and I thought "This isnt muddy, I wonder why bob wanted to walk the long way".

So I started walking down the path, determined to prove my point that this way was quicker and beat Bob and Ty to the abbey.

The path to the abbey
Not too muddy, If you stick to the edges.
I saw, in the distance a tractor going back and forth from the farm to the field, I knew I was nearly there. As I got closer to the part were the tractor drove I heard the bells ring for prayer from the monestry.
The Tractor came rushing back from the field as I got to the part were the tractor drove to and from the farm. Then I came to what appeared to be a river of mud about half a meter deep.

Alleged "River of mud"
Dosent look that bad from the pic, but it was, just compare the tractor (which is pretty big, to it)
As the tractor drove through the mud, it turned and some horrible brown smelly slop came gushing over the edges of the trailer, It was then I realised that it wasnt a river of mud at all.
I thought, how badly do I want to go to the monestry, not bad enough to walk through that, what if I fell?
I will walk barefoot along the road, through the mud, but i'm not wading through a river of poo no matter how good the scones are.
Come to thing of it there are precious few things in this world I would wade through a river of poo for, To help my son, If there was a million in cash on the other side. If someone was offering me my dream job, thats about it. What about you? What would have to be on the other side?

Friday, 5 April 2013

No more parrots

Since I have gotten better I look at that bloody parrot and see that it isnt really a symbol that I would like to use to represent myself.

I think its time to leavethe parrot behind and move on.

I am not a mimic, My intention as an artist has never been about trying to immitate what other people think of as cool.

I have been studying the masters techniques for years now, stealing techniques here and there, bits I think work and look cool. Putting them in my own work.

I think the outcome's of my study are greater than the bad photocopy effect you get from copying a photograph.

I understand that when working on becoming a commercial artist you need to be level minded, but that is no reason you cant be creative. I dont think creativity is being able to do whatever you like and forget the fundamentals. I see creativity as this...

I see creativity as freedom, the freedom to go outside and find things that inspire you, to look at any object and have ideas that make you want to make art.  look at artists see what techniques inspire you, try new things, see what works for you. What looks cool, how can you present your work? That is my idea of creativity and I think any artist can do that.

I believe that any artist has this freedom, and that every artist should stop and look at everything around them. In all directions. The world is a beautiful place, and beauty can be found in everything from a flowering blossom to the texture on the wall of a dilapidated building.

Dont be a caged bird, sitting at a desk all day is downright soul crushing. Explore, be inspired and see.

I will leave my readers with something to think about.

There is a myth that if you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is art, then you are an artist.

Thats codswollop.

If you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is art, then you are a person who wakes up in the morning and thinks about art.

If you wake up in the morning and you make art, then your an artist.