Wednesday, June 09, 2010


I love it when people do things like this ...

I walk beside the River Taff most days. Today I was delighted to see that someone had built a cairn in the middle of the river!

"A cairn (carn in Irish, carnedd in Welsh, càrn in Scots Gaelic) is a human-made pile of stones, often in conical form. They are usually found in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, or near waterways ... Similar structures can be found in water."

It's a frequent complaint that there is too little funding for public art, but this is a great example of someone just getting on and doing something interesting and pleasing.

Thursday, June 03, 2010


I had a good couple of days at the studio, though I nearly froze there in the night! Did a lot of sketches and studies ... most of which were crap, but on the second day found my "voice" again.

I've been working on coloured landscape studies ... trying to imitate other artists I've seen lately who are commercially more successful than me. And that's been the problem.

It's just not me.

I unpacked some of the pictures I've done over the last few years that have been in storage. They reminded me of what I was expressing. And I liked them.

So I'm going "back" to what it is I feel I'm all about. Speaking in my own tongue. Telling my own stories. Putting my own ideas on the table for conversation.

I want to ... and I will ... extend my own vocabulary. But I won't try to speak with someone else's voice.

Also, I looked long and hard at the commissioned sculpture I've almost finished. And that too is crap. I'm going to - literally - cut it back and rework it.

It means more work but it will eventually say what I want it to say.

A frustrating couple of days, but positive in their outcome.

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