This Saturday we are having a pop up shop at our new studio space, we are in the centre of York so if you are anywhere near us please come and visit ! We are a fully independent artist collaborative, there are 18 of us, artist, writers and filmmakers. We wanted to work in a space that worked for us and that we have control over so we could use it as a workshop but then have a performance space or exhibition, it’s not been open long, only since January but it seems to be working for us….
so in addition to my studio at pica, which is where the post from yesterday is, I have a room at home. The study homes all of everyones paper, this is where precious paper comes to rest, a thousand kids drawings and makings from school. Then theres the piles of mail and other house and business related paperwork all shoved under the desk…….
and in it all I make pictures, usually when felix is asleep. Luckily he loves his naps so I get a good two hours (can be more but then he won’t go to bed !) of working time.
one thing that is immensely positive for me making work in this way, is that the way I work can’t be precious, I work quickly, on maybe three or four things at a time. If it doesn’t work I start again, working on paper is so great for this. I make instinctive drawings and marks, if it doesn’t work then I start again. It has to be fresh and not laboured. Overworked drawings have a different look to them.
I also have all of my books around me, I am able to reach for inspiration when I get stuck. I will write a post about my influences, are there artist’s who influence you ?
It usually takes me about half an hour of messing about, boil the kettle twice. Make one cup of tea, drink that. Lay everything out that I’m using
About 25 oil bars
Then lay out the 3-4 pieces I’m working on…..stare at them and work out which one is the one that is most likely to work. Work solidly for a few hours……talking to people in the studio at the same time.
Then another cup of tea or wine if it’s after wine o clock…….
Carry on, even if it’s not working, try something else. It’s the only way to make things that seem to be right, just keep on slogging on ! I think there’s a misconception that somehow art is supposed to be enjoyable to make, it feels like a hard graft to get anywhere near what you intend.
I think the joy comes when you leave the piece of work you thought was ruined/crappy/overworked and come back the next day to find it’s good ! Doesn’t always happen, sometimes I work on something and I think, this is it ! It’s the business! To find when I return it’s not that great at all.
It’s through making work over a long period of time that you know to carry on through regardless and eventually you will make something good.
Just keep on keeping on….
It’s been a year since I posted last so I thought I would catch up here, I have been posting on instagram as the format so so good for art work, it’s easy to get a response and fun !
However the format of a blog is much better for getting to know your audience and for me to explain my work, ive gone back to working with the landscape after the mad vibrant painting of last year. Mainly as we had a summer outdoors and I had so much inspiration from that I had to start to play with it in the studio.
Mostly textures which mimic the stone, sand and feel of the coast……