Friday, March 28, 2008

AJ's Coffee House


It's up and running.

Walking on Water.

Pictures and paintings exploring the physical and mystical properties of water.

Jo helped me to set it all up. And it's just as well otherwise I'd still be there now, umming and ahhing. It doesn't look anything like I had in mind, but that's because what I had in mind would have been too boring for words. In the event it looks pretty good.

Here are some snaps.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Lacroix, darling, Lacroix

I read this in "On Fashion" by Christian Lacroix:

(brace yourselves)

"Around three or four hundred sketches, produced one after another, on several successive days, are the genesis of every haute couture collection."
How many???

Did he just say THREE or FOUR HUNDRED?

I'm gobsmacked every time I read that.

And how many collections does he show a year? 2? 4?

And that's just the sketches!

(Can you tell I'm gobsmacked?)

I love the idea of that kind of fertility and productivity. And hard work. If I do one OK sketch I'm happy! Not to mention exhausted, darling.

When I was young, I read "Tinker At Pilgrim Creek" by Annie Dillard. In it I came across a word that has always stuck with me, though it's not one I get to use very often in conversation. It's "fecundity".


Sounds kinda durty, don't it?

When I was re-reading Genesis in the Bible, lately, I was struck at the "fecundity" in creation. Not just one tree, but loads (don't try to pin me down on the exact number). And each tree had the seeds within it to produce like millions of other trees.

So, at the risk of sounding durty (again), I want to be fecund.







(I'm done now)


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Coming Soon!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Getta Job!

I read a quote somewhere that said,

"The hard part about creativity isn't coming up with something no one has ever thought of before, the hard part is actually executing the thing you've thought of."

Being something of an "ideas person" that is very pertinent for me.

One of the hardest things I find about being self-employed is the lack of any pre-set context or structure. Someone once described me as a gyroscope ... I spin at the centre and can lean and balance without falling over because of the surrounding structure.

Lately, I keep falling over.

So I've been working on this ... creating a structure, that is, not falling over.

One of the things I've done, which has been quite motivational, is that I defined my 'aims' as a visual artist. I wrote down a list of things that I want to do. Then I redrafted it as a Job Description. Now, when I look at it, I think "I would LOVE a job like that!".

So do ya wanna see it? Well, DO YA? Here goes then ...

* Produce works of art in a variety of media
* Research subjects and themes relevant to art work
* Develop artistic skills through formal and informal learning
* Develop a broad understanding of art history with specific emphasis on certain periods, themes and people
* Visit galleries, exhibitions and private views as networking opportunities and to maintain an awareness of the ‘competition’
* Exhibit my work frequently and in numerous places
* Develop on-line sales
* Recruit, manage and develop Studio Assistant(s)
* Acquire, set up and manage a studio
* Obtain commissions from individuals
* Obtain commissions from organisations
* Develop a regular programme of funding, grants, sponsorship, donations etc
* Develop, maintain and regularly communicate with a mailing list of supporters, clients, gallerists, dealers etc.
* Develop, promote and run workshops and seminars
* Collaborate with Fashion / Textile Designers re materials and presentation
* Collaborate with Graphic Designers re publications
* Collaborate with Theatre / Dance companies re stage sets, costumes etc
* Write articles for publication
* Give talks

At least now I have some idea of what I'm supposed to be doing!

(Even as I read this, I think of new things I could add ... but this is what I'm working with at present.)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I don't like mess

I'm too neat and methodical when it comes to my work. I don't want to do it unless it's going to be good. I expect every drawing and every painting to be excellent ... or at least bloggable!

It's my left brain controlling my right brain again. I have lots of ideas but they quickly become systematised and sensible. Everything has to have an end result, which can take the fun out of the process (for me).

I'm often bored before even I start because I've thought about it and analysed it so much. In my head I've done it (successfully, of course) and I'm ready to move onto something new.

That's why I loved this so much when I came across it recently (and I'm sorry but I can't remember where and I tend not to note the author, just the quote - my bad).

"You have to keep scribbling and sketching, modelling and planning and thinking, setting things up to knock them down, scrumpling up bits of paper and throwing them in the bin, crashing and rebooting your computer, working continuously with enthusiasm and energy and wit, and above all without any embarrassment about the obvious cock-ups along the way".

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Right then ... no left ... no right ... no ...

I think I've been in a car crash. Or had a stroke. I'm not sure.

I was in the hairdressers the other week and as I looked in the mirror I could see the join. Like two halves of a second- hand car welded together. One half of my face didn't match the other half.

I know the thing about one half of your body being different to the other half ... bigger hands, feet etc.

<-------------- this is a fascinating book, btw

In fact, it was the subject of some considerable exploration when I was in therapy. My left brain being dominant and controlling my right side, my right brain needing to be freed up to allow my left side to develop.

Right, left : logical, intuitive : male, female ... and so on.

During that time I produced a series of pictures and a book entitled "Left With God". They've still never seen the light of day. They were based around the idea of the opposite of 'right' being 'left' not 'wrong'.

I used to be a Project Manager, now I'm a Visual Artist. I'm learning to combine both.

The two sides of me still don't match up ... I'm not yet whole. I can see the join when I look in a mirror. In a harsh light.

I have to stop looking in mirrors.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I'm not very crafty

In a lickle while I'm off to another Craft Fair. I enjoy them ... they get me out of the flat ... I meet some fab people (and a few twats). But I don't sell anything and they cost me money.

Am I stupid?

I have this tendency to stick at things ... even when I should have moved on long ago.

Last week, as I mentioned, I took my 'chair'. But I left it in the car. Didn't put it out on show. Because of the reasons.

Some people sold LOADS of stuff. One thing that always seems to sell well is cute stuff.





I think I'd do better at an Art Fair, rather than a Craft Fair. But I don't know of any.

Ah well. Just rambling.

Sometimes I even bore myself.

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