After visiting the BP Portrait awards it would have been rude not to go to the Summer Exhibition, always loads of different, strange and unusual art there, I was a little disappointed this year as many of the works I thought stood out, were from previous exhibitors, I might take a break from visiting to avoid the repeatability of some of the work.
Still loads of good stuff to inspire, You have to pick a favourites don’t you, so Marleen Suzanne de Graaf Swamp light and Andrew Mcintosh RA! Get my vote.
Started my painting of John Lydon never really thought it wouldn’t end up being a painting. taking a couple of new approaches to this, first I am going to spoil the canvas before I start, the idea behind this is it takes the pressure of starting with a pristine canvas and allows you to relax before you start.
Second I am going to do the underpainting in acrylics and then move to oils, this has speeded up my process and is keeping things very fresh. Not sure how long to wait before starting with the oils have to look that one up.
Watched Lynn Barber interview John Lyden on Artsnight the other night, fascinating to see at 60, how motivated to make music and have his say about the world he still is.
I liked the idea that he now wears glasses and how this has changed his public image
Sketching some ideas and trying to understand his face this might lead to a painting.