Category Archives: mixed media

Abstracts Together

Abstracts together

(Left to right from the top):

Down through scaffolding
Figure 1
Abstract on the diagonal
Running Animals
Working Guitar

Words passing onto paper as abstracts developed:

Obliterating to find…pen line intuition…passing hooks…cerulean blue with essential direction line…with tension giving lines…without over spending…tie up…shapes vying for attention…multi-filled piece…spiral platform…enmeshed head…patterns in life and art…the work that cranes do…where does it all end…dynamic brought full out…a barrage of abstraction released upon the world…pale fire…an abstract a day keeps the doctor away…only jokin’…laybrynth…this looks better with music…abstract enjoined…don’t let this fool you…

abstracs together

Circus choice…


The first of these design ‘depictions’ is pen and coloured pencil, rendered in a somewhat naive style.
The second was drawn with a mouse in an early photoshop layered ‘compilation’ (Photoshop 4 – I think).
They are not connected in any way.
Which (if any) do you prefer?




Clown n Seal


Where to go…

Helping hands (Mixed media)

Where to go…

I thought I might share the thought processes that accompanied this piece of work.

So here I am, in front of the blank piece of paper.
I use cheap paper of varying kinds to do my art work.

I hear a large exclamatory gasp from the art community – as they cringe at this unprofessional approach.

As a result of the poor quality paper – it means that sometimes I have to ‘sacrifice’ the luminosity enhancement that the paper shining through can give.

So to compensate when posting some of the pieces I have to add computer brightness. This enhancement means it can be a little untrue to the original (in this case there is little difference).

When starting to paint – I do not always wait for a subject or idea, but start to move the pen.

So in this case, I started to draw the face of the figure to the right.

Drawn with no pre-meditated idea of a naturalistic depiction, stylised rendition, or cartoon-like drawing, subject, narrative, or anything else.

As it turned out it became somewhat cartoonish. But then what is a cartoon?

Often my work combines a comglomerate of stylised genres. I like being this free.

So as I began to draw the face – I continued the body with no attempt whatsoever to get it ‘right’ -naturalistically.

In fact it was decidedly wrong (but I don’t bat an eyelid at this, as it is not my intention to get it right).

Proper anatomy goes out the window.

Then having finished the first figure – the ‘idea’ came to combine it with a large overweight gentleman, and of course, so large, that he needed help to negotiate the beach.

When the painting became a beach scene with rocks etc. there came a tension between naturalistic rendition and free-flowing fun.

Tension between drawing/painting things properly i.e. naturalistically and the – intuitive line balancing and shape arranging that I enjoy most.

The problem was – the figure was badly drawn if we think naturalistically.

Or comparatively – the surroundings were getting too naturalistic. And so I changed the figure in an attempt to correct it naturalistically.

I did so reluctantly feeling I had left myself no other option, unless I altered the whole painting to go in the opposite direction. But I could find no sense of direction, for this.

The figure changed and he now looked at the viewer, rather than walking away. Still drawn imperfectly, I nevertheless let it stand as is.

So the anatomy-less cartoonish figures and the semi-realistic surroundings combine to give a hybrid.

Surface unity with marks out of ten? Hmmm? – 7.

I prefer everything exaggerated so that the whole painting is rendered naturalistically out of step, but unified.

Or conversely naturalistically right and in step.

Instead – this is a ‘half-way house’, that, I hope, still might be working?