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Gold Foot Powder 2 & 3

I added some blue acrylic and then wished I hadn’t! Ok, time to cover up with grey acrylic and to me it is becoming a bit interesting again. Last night I wrote the words back in and added some gold marks. Not sure if it is finished but I am reasonably happy to continue and see where it goes.

Gold Foot Powder (working title)
Oil Paintstick, Ink, Pencil & Crayon on Plywood
50 x 50 cm | 16 August 2018

Gold Foot Powder

Art inspiration sometimes dries up. It’s a common dilemma that plagues every creative person. To encounter a creative block is to face yet more anguish and self-analysis on top of the self-doubt, scepticism and uncertainty that seem to accompany the state of being an artist! Look no more blood left!

When these states strike I just keep going, make marks, attack a white expanse and see what happens. Surprising (in a good and bad way!) things happen. I persist with a willingness to play within new boundaries.

I am in an arid land! No ideas that readily jump forth. However, in a fit of frustration I drew an outline of my right foot, filled it in with gold and laughed at myself! I then looked at some words that I store for future use and wrote them on the plywood next to the foot.

An idea is born and it seems to suggest a path to follow (in the footsteps of the golden?). Where will it end? I will add marks, erase marks, add words maybe until something grows. This process can take hours or even months and at the end of it all, something one loves or is embarrassed by . . .
I will take photographs as this process unfurls and see where it goes.

Gold Foot Powder (working title)
Oil Paintstick & Pencil on Plywood
50 x 50 cm | 10 August 2018

Poster Design 2

I have created 2 new designs for the A3 poster for the Scottish Mental Health Art Festival exhibition to be shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh later this year.

These two new draft versions were created with the Risograph printing process at Out of the Blueprint, Edinburgh in mind.

The red one is the final version that will be used after some work on the type. Oh, the tree needs to be beefed up too.