Monday, 3 June 2019

Another day, another rejection

The not unsurprising news arrived today that "Greta" was not selected for the Ruskin Prize.

Monday, 27 May 2019

The Slough of Despond

Really am struggling to produce anything worthwhile lately.
Looking back over the past year, with all its trials and tribulations, I've realised that an awful lot of my work has been absolute tosh. With one or two notable exceptions, I've managed to churn out some real stinkers. Part of this is the regularity of Tuesdays at the studio - being there, having to work, regardless of inspiration - the rest is down to serious self-doubt, bereavement, mild depression, caring responsibilities, excuse-making, general ennui, serious self-doubt...

I have sold a few works though, nothing very major but enough to keep the spreadsheet ticking over.

I made, I think, a pretty good self-portrait 
(The Ruth Borchard prize judges didn't think it was good enough though)

And then, I made this:

(which I'm rather pleased with)
(and which the Ruskin prize judges haven't rejected yet)

It's called "Greta" and is rather large (1500x1000mm).
So, perhaps all is not lost.
Perhaps I'm not completely shit

Sometimes feels like it though.

Sunday, 17 February 2019


Not knowing what or where you're going with your art is a bitch.
Lately it's been difficult to find any inspiration, never mind any direction of travel for my work. You keep going, often churning out rubbish or worse, when you have an idea not being able to realise it in the way you'd envisaged. 
Stick at it and it will come. This time, hopefully, the idea I have will be the start of something meaningful again at last.

(this is not it)