I find my way by doing

I love the physicality of making art, art as craft, and the specific qualities of the materials I’m using. The creamy messiness of paint, the dry dustiness of pastels, the sharp line of a pencil, the smudgy charcoal… not to mention the substrate; paper, card board, canvas, wood – and how it allows for all…

Notes on colour

Every perception of color is an illusion, we do not see colors as they really are. In our perception they alter one another. —Josef Albers If you are interested in colour, it’s a good idea to look into the work done in this field at the Bauhaus, considered to be one of the most influential…

Still life paintings in 2021?!?

So why would one, or more precisely I, want to make still life paintings in 2021? I have asked myself this question quite often lately but have yet to find a good answer. Not only do still life painting seem a bit … old fashioned?! The still life has in fact always been regarded as…

Short note on making

(personal reminder) “Culture is not a territory to be won or lost but a resource we are called to steward with care. Culture is a garden to be cultivated.” Makoto Fujimura ‘Cultivating the garden?!’, ‘what antiquated nonsense’, you might say … ‘Isn’t it all supposed to be gender-race-political-eco-art these days?’ And of course: If these…

Short note on talent

The following is quoted from: Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision, by Ian Roberts I think the best definition of talent I’ve ever heard is Whistler’s: “The ability to do hard work in a consistently constructive direction over a long period of time.” Nothing about natural gifts or genius. Just…

Elisabeth Cummings

The Australian artist Elisabeth Cummings (born 1934), it is said, almost exclusively paints what she sees; landscape, still life and very occasionally portrait. But one must admit she has a very peculiar & unique vision, a very-very original way of seeing. Cummings’ paintings are intimate, emotive and require the viewer to take time to interrogate…

On line

Ian McKeever on drawing: Ian McKeever was born in Withernsea, Yorkshire in 1946 and lives and works in Hartgrove, England. He has studied English Literature and began working as an artist in 1968.

Two tiny paintings

Working with a limited palette – testing what colours can become. Shapes & lines … … left to the whim – .