Well completed and dropped off the framing for the exhibition in Lancaster, the venue www.arteriashop.co.uk looks great lots of natural light. It was abit of a challenge creating my own frames but I'm pleased with the results and a fraction of the cost it would have been so the sale prices aren't mad. Also the demo at Morcambe bay Art Society went well everyone enjoyed it. I'm going to relax today as I spent all weekend working and have man flue today. At the end of my first week back I got through alot of activities but no drawing and painting yet, hopefully this week I'll get on it.
A very exciting day, I have the first previews of some sections which are not final cut but give you a flavour of what we are trying to achieve. In these two videos I'm creating the image mentioned on the post Monday, 2 January 2012 I would welcome any feedback.
Well its the fourth day back at work if you can really call it work. I've been experimenting with new ideas for presenting my canvas work without spending a fortune, today I started to create a new frame idea and I'm really pleased with it. It all came about because I have an exhibition next week and I don't want the work to cost to much to create. If it costs me say £120 for custom framing and £45 for the print I would need to sell them for £600 if the gallery was taking 50%, to keep it viable as a product creating all elements it can be done for a fraction of that and so sell at a price that the market can stand. I used a mitre saw but other than that all hand made and will retail at £250 in a handmade frame, limited edition canvas print. As i mentioned in a previous post you sometimes need to think outside the box and step back and look at a problem. As a result of this it will open all kinds future possibilities and to be honest I will enjoy creating the frames that show my work at its best.
Still no drawing and painting yet but as soon as this job is done I'm going to be back on it.
Well as promised yesterday here is my part drawn redrawing of Reminiscing which I did on camera (link to video to follow when released), I wanted to create the same standard of work as I would in the studio. I'm pleased with the results, trying to recreate some of the magic I felt in the first attempt. It also gives you an idea of how I go about starting my coloured pencil work, I will post the progression in stages as I finish this over the next week or two.
Day one of my back to work in 2012 and I managed to scan and post this for you as well as edit and print six images ready for my exhibition in Jan. Probably the most productive start to a year yet, I did have a moment though after only an hour and a half I had to lay down for an hour. I blame the shock of going back to work.
I do struggle with motivating myself and getting the best out of my week. I find my obsessive compulsive disorder helps, it gives me a reason to make lists and write schedules on my white board ( I know I have it bad ) but it does help. Today it said 3hrs drawing and 3hrs printing I did no drawing and 6hrs printing and publishing, so as you can see the system works well.
I tried an experiment last month with the commissions to see what I could get out of a month in actual productive painting. So I wrote down each day how many hours Id done, in November I managed 115hrs in December up to the 20th 53hrs. When you look at it like that it seems shamfull but this was from a standing start. I hadn't produced anything in over twelve months so it gives me a bench mark now to work with. If I can achieve 115hrs a month on projects that aren't my own design this is as bad as it should get, meaning at worst I should create between 12 and 20 originals this year (OCD) averaging 25 hrs a week. That's an important process to remain calm and comfortable and yet productive enough to have a steady stream of work, for me this is a start and I'm happy, I'm working again. Were all abit mad really us artists we all have our little foibles to get us through the week.