He's seen better days but he can't remember when,..i tried to capture this every day image here of an old chap on a bench, with sensitivity and honesty i know my old fashioned approach won't shatter the art world but that's not important to me, I like to capture a mundane occurance and turn it into somthing special, this old feller seems to cover the seven deadly sins envy,avarice,lust,sloth,anger,gluttony,& pride all in one go, dear of him
This article serves only to illustrate my participation in this mad but wonderful profession over many years of dedicated practice I have learned to share the many aspects of art in general and character art in particular, being true to ourselves and not slaves to trends gives us the ability to still be contemporary, but like the impressionists go against the “norm” as it were. Abstract landscapes seem to be in vogue at the moment and before that abstract shapes and pop art but I doggedly kept painting quirky characters to my detriment financially; still recently they now seem to be gaining some popularity so as I said being true to what you do ultimately shines through your work and is then a recognizable trait that people identify with honesty is a powerful tool and injected into our everyday practices and work will ultimately bring something to us as artists and people, I’ll end these ramblings with an illustration, you start with a blank canvas subconsciously putting bits of yourself into an image, by that I mean it feels right to you, and over time an image appears, you then show/display that image and someone is moved by it, happy ,sad, maybe just pleased, either way a genuine emotion which intern feeds your creative process, and stimulates the viewer, everyone needs encouragement, I get mine through my paintings. I hope this small insight that I share may benefit the viewer to better understand the methods and motives behind my character paintings.
EXTRAS Digital caricatures seem very popular at the moment so being a figurative character artist i thought I'd give it a go i really like the results you can achieve doing them this way, which i might be able to include in my own quirky characters, anyway i thought I'd share it with you cheers steve
Had a great day yesterday, I went up to Plymouth. Took six paintings up to the new gallery at the Royal William Yard. Met Mike the owner for the first time, seemed very professional and a really nice bloke. He's going to do canvas prints of my paintings, they really are stunning, I can't wait to see them finished.
Many happy hours spent whiled away down on the allotment this chap looks like Geoff Hamilton's favorite expression which was, sometimes i sit and think but sometimes i just sit. I hope this captures that expression
You know these are just personal images and text that i have put together to share,with people but it's often the case that it's better to give than to receive, and when you get something back well it makes your efforts seem worth while. If only one person "you" maybe is informed or pleased you have made a connection,you click me and i click you it's how communication is done. This way i share my paintings and thoughts,the internet can then be a virtual Gallery where you stroll around and if you like a particular painting it's as though the artist is there, you can ask certain questions, give praise or criticism wich benefits both the veiwer and the artist so this collection of images are just for you (who ever you may be) hope to talk with you soon cheers steve
Since the dawn of time people have frequented taverns, these have been captured by brilliant artists like Hogarth, and Jan Steen, i offer humble contemporary character paintings today..which i hope captures the eathy crusty humour and atmosphere of a bygone age
A day at the seaside, a journey if you like a creative journey..two old folk sat in their deckchairs wathing the world speed by the sun setting on their dreams and asperations, Unlike still life paintings which dipicts inanimate objects i mean it wasn't untill the Renaissance that it appeared in it's own right rather than just a prop! so for hundreds of years wev'e been painting dead duck's and cabbages..
If you paint a strawberry tart that's it!..there's no story,naration,mood,atmosphere you can't identify with having been there or felt like that, it is simply an object..would you hang a pickled onion on your wall it may be well done but hardly a talking point, oh look an onion yeh right!
What happened to he looks sad or it makes me happy or i feel i know him.
It's strange how some paintings take forever, and get few comments and others seem to take 5 mins and are appreciated, maybe it's like constable's oil sketches now regarded by many as superiour to his polished peices where he slaved over them for months.., there's no ryme or reason to art, drive's you bloody mad!
Like anything of note..eg ROME it wasn't made in a bloody day! Looking through these one day masterpeices, it becomes apparent why most decent thing's take a little longer..it's a bit like you think you sound like Pavaroti when your singing along in the car but sadly to everyone else you don't..probably because he's spent years working and training his voice,but you instantly strike sound,and think how hard can it be, huh. Everybodies an artist RIGHT! Maybe genuine struggling artists out there might want to try one med painting a week,..whether or not it matters not a jot, i for my part will give it a go..