Sunday 31 March 2013

easter sunday march 31st 2012

Is it finished?  Is the  Eros head too small? Should Psyche have a butterfly and if so where? And so on...
Been sorting drawings. That's it, really.

Tuesday 26 March 2013

March 26th 2013

...drawing yesterday, Jenny modelling for the first time - wonderful, an athletic sparse body, dancer-like though shes a gardener. Almost everyhting I did of her I liked... charcoal and pencil. But this may be coloured by the painting which has taught me how to use the life drawing so I know what Im looking for now, nearly.
Finalised the new pamphlet today, just been talking with Roger the designer.  Should be OK. He likes the work, at any rate.
And tonight the accountant is picking up the files which I havent finished. Hey ho.

Friday 22 March 2013

Friday 03 22 2013

...all stuff, text, photos,layout, with Roger the designer; that rubicon crossed. Thats a relief.

Show in Nice canceled, a (huge) relief. Always felt there was something wrong with the whole thing. Emails started arriving with bizarre messages - the curator was ill and was handing over to an artist of whom there were suddenly six, not the original four , there was to be an invitation with a carving of a pig (that is outside the gallery) we were to wear pig masks at the vernissage; WTF??
Long story culminating in a phone call from Molly-galleriste in tears; she has decided shes an alcoholic and is going into rehab., has handed on the work to an artist she thinks I know but I don't remember, all she wants is for us to have a fun and a great party. (This is so not useful if you have schlepped a deal of large paintings hundreds of miles, for a bunch of piss-heads dressed as pigs to cavort around.) Everyone has resigned, it seems, and would I like the entire gallery? Its huge and I cant invigilate nor get sufficient work there, so no.
Will have holiday in Italy instead.

Finished application for the Princes Trust, that's all ready to go off  and I'm not thinking of it anymore.

Work up on the RCA website for the Secret Expo. Amusing though this years crop is so heavily text based one might call it a poetry convention.

 Havent finished accounts but accountant seems to have gone to ground.

Done a large drawing of a man dreaming which isn't that good, its too caricature, will fiddle a little and file. Had hoped it might lead onto a new theme but I'm surprisingly distant from it.On the plus side Ive discovered that a hand-made rag paper drawn on with charcoal will take a stiff brush to work the charcoal in to good effect...

Haven't got round to posting/trying to sell  the cartoons Ive done with Rob - must do that this weekend, Sunday I guess- enjoyed doing them and am pleased with the results. Tomorrow I'm in Spain with the Comitee de Jumilage secretly looking for venues.  Tonight is the vernissage of the Toques et Clochers where in the absence of The Phone Call I can assume no one is giving me a prize, again. Be nice to have something positive and encouraging happen.

But at least the weather is lovely and spring is blossoming - strong sense of coming out of a dark tunnel:)

Monday 18 March 2013

Monday 18y March 2013

Still haven't finished the accounts; still messing up over publication, very afraid that I'm getting it wrong but realise this is just because I'm not sure about the work.
Kat just done the portrait, the photos of the art are here, the text should be back corrected soon.
Roger the designer wants it all up on some site I'm frightened of - will ask if I can just send all CDs in post (though post office is closed till mid-April, hey ho)
Apart from a little drawing of Philippe for a possible portrait, no work done - except life this morning which was mixed. Maxsense was playing his flutes and is is lovely but for the noise. And the movement. Hes most determined to be viewed in his own right and not to submit to the will of a handful of cranky artists. Haven't looked at the drawings but I can make a good guess...

Tuesday 12 March 2013

12th March

...coming together slowly. My ideas for the pamphlet are solidifying; the text and photos are allegedly arriving. Photo of me being taken next week by Kat.
Also been redoing cartoons and finding addresses of magazines to send them to.

And painting. Ploughing on with Ophelia which has never really got better than the original sketch - just fiddlier. Now dotted with blossom and flowers and looking far too kitch; will camp up or tone down,  not sure, but today is the last day, I've had enough.

Feeling fractured. Have I ever been anything else??

Later Have signed and dated Ophelia but now very very uncertain.  Will leave and do something else for a few days - accounts, they're due. La La.

Thursday 7 March 2013

March 8th 2013

Photographer exhausting, watching a years work being encompassed and noted is horrid. Lovely man though; got locked out of van so had to stay late with bottle whilst waiting for wife with spare keys to arrive. Spent the next day restoring the studio and have finally managed a handle on Ophelia - shes looking rather good. Begun some studies of Psyche and Cupid which are interesting. Like the eroticism. Realised I haven't looked at a sleeping man for ??? and suddenly feel the lack; remembered that the mountain of drawing books in the archive room have many drawings from my past. May have to unearth some.
Last night got to grips with more drawing that has a useful dimension, in that Rob and I have been talking cartoons again. Think these are good and have created a site to put them on - which is apparently how you sell these things nowadays - you send the link to editors.
Slightly frantic, waiting for Zoes text and the photographer Yahnn's pix, prior to dealing with designer and those issues.

Monday 4 March 2013

tuesday march 5th 2013

Putting off getting up to studio - photographer comes this afternoon and I have to sort through work and prepare space, clean up.
Weekend lost to Raul, who has lathered me with ideas about control and direction, all of which require more thought. If I can learn to trust intuition I will feel the weekend very well squandered.
Noticed the beginnings of that yesterday while drawing at the MJC. Allowing myself to trust the intuitive direction instead of the continual challenges I normally have in place made for a much happier experience  all round. My hands stopped fighting the direction they wanted to go in. Only one drawing any good though so -:)