Saturday, 29 January 2011

When I'm Sixty Four.

If it weren't for The Beatles no one would have found it appropriate to celebrate this birthday, but as Macca made the effort to write this, why not? Happy Birthday to me.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Two Tyne Valleys

Tyne Valley (work in progress)

Tyne Valley 2 (work in progress)

This is always a difficult time of year, I find, when work is slow and much thought is expended on what direction it should take. So if it seems to you that not much is happening here on Boogie Street, you may in a sense be right. But high in my tower I'm thinking, thinking , thinking. And every now and then, I begin a new painting in what, for me has been largely an unexplored area - landscape.

These two are the latest and show a part of the South Tyne Valley near to Bardon Mill. They've been cursorily blocked in and will need a good deal more work to bring them to completion. But I'm relatively pleased with them and I can see how they could lead to ..... something new.

But I'll have to give that some more thought.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Kastela Restaurant

Kastela Restaurant (Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 x 4 cms)

I made some finishing touches to this yesterday. Another small painting done.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Swings and Roundabouts

In the Arsenale (work in progress)

Not an especially good day. I went to the Club, where trouble is brewing. I'll say no more other than there are problems surrounding the change of name and that I am not responsible for others' failure to be aware of developments in the world outside.

So, tired and troubled, I made a poor fist of starting this painting. The colours are dull (duller than the photo would have you believe), the drawing is off and the proportions are worrying. I may be able to pull it round next time, but it may also be one of those that gets scraped down and overpainted.

And so to bed.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Northumberland Fells

Northumberland Fells (oil with collage on canvas, 30 x 30 cms)

Another useful day, adding one more small landscape to my store. I just need to "do ten more" and find somewhere to show them.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Boquer Valley Vision

Boquer Valley Vision (Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cms)

Despite being a January baby, I have never responded well to this month. I hate the cold, the miserable grey light, the short days, and my wheels grind exceedingly slowly throughout the month and for some time afterwards.

As a consequence, it takes me a while to crank up the painting engine and other things steal my attention. In this case, it's been activity on the cartooning front and some consideration of where that might lead. My earnest wish has always been to use my creativity in all its forms, so my resolution for the year (and I have to admit that, actually, I don't believe in making resolutions, so this is purely for the purposes of illustration) is that I will continue with my love of painting while trying to make something of my cartooning and illustrative techniques.

So this is the first painting of the New Year. It's based on a photograph I took in Mallorca in 2008 on a walk from Porto Pollensa to Cala Boquer. Although the general topography remains fairly accurate, the colours are not and I felt as I was painting that something of a visionary nature was coming into the work. I rather hope that might happen again in the future.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Old Drawings #63

Car Park (Charcoal, pastel on cartridge paper, 60 x 60 cms)

I don't think I've posted this before and it does more or less fit chronologically into the series of Old Drawings, having been drawn in 2000/2001.

The underground car park shown is still there in Newcastle, but much of the superstructure was demolished or remodelled when the new City Library was built last year.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Let's hope it's a good one. No. let's make it a good one!