I couldn’t go out into garden as it was wet and my wife was cleaning the kitchen – those two activities are categorically not compatible! I did a bit of work on the computers and then went out to buy some boards to paint on, came back and she immediately decided we would go out again for lunch – It was some time later before I got back on the computers! Not much other creative work done except for a little photography.
I cut boards ready for priming, photographed paintings and then belatedly started work again on RED: ONCE A THOUGHT IS MADE DOES IT LAST FOR EVER? – AMBER: STREET LIGHTS AT WEYHILL ROAD ROUNDABOUT – GREEN: A SLOWLY SINKING LANDSCAPE. I don’t think I will get this work completed this week now as there is a great deal to do.
I started the day fiddling with web sites instead of painting – I am such an irritating person. I eventually returned to painting RED: ONCE A THOUGHT IS MADE DOES IT LAST FOR EVER? – AMBER: STREET LIGHTS AT WEYHILL ROAD ROUNDABOUT – GREEN: A SLOWLY SINKING LANDSCAPE but reached another logical cut off point just after four p.m. and then went back to fiddling with web sites again – I am planning some fundamental changes to my sites, probably now condensing three into two or even (eventually) one.
I spent all day painting in images on RED: ONCE A THOUGHT IS MADE DOES IT LAST FOR EVER? – AMBER: STREET LIGHTS AT WEYHILL ROAD ROUNDABOUT – GREEN: A SLOWLY SINKING LANDSCAPE and listening to the radio. A reasonably good day with a bit of writing in the evening.
I carried on painting sections of RED: ONCE A THOUGHT IS MADE DOES IT LAST FOR EVER? – AMBER: STREET LIGHTS AT WEYHILL ROAD ROUNDABOUT – GREEN: A SLOWLY SINKING LANDSCAPE. I actually finished all the sections save the more complex “sinking landscape/seascape” ones which, all being well, I will complete next week. I left off work when I had reached this stage.
After this I painted over the bottom series of structures on GROUP PORTRAIT: SEVERAL PEOPLE SIMULTANEOUSLY CONTEMPLATING OBLIVION using a deliberately rough approach.
During the latter part of the afternoon and evening I worked on the computers: mainly attempting to spruce up my main web site by replacing the welcome page and links – although I actually didn’t continue with the work I commenced on Tuesday.
For the last few years I have had two main hosted web sites plus a number of smaller free sites which promote a specific style or aspect of my work. In a cost cutting exercise I am phasing out one of my main promotional sites which I made with (the now defunct) i-web. The other site was really more for reference, and contained far more information and links but was made with a basic WYSIWYG html editor. I have now streamlined this site and improved the presentation and layout. I have also replaced the “hand built” galleries with hyperlinks to online galleries: principally Pictify, Picasa and Windows Skydrive – however, for the moment at least it is still possible to access the original galleries through links on the index page pictures. I am actually quite pleased with the end result and I may even move it in 2013 to a free hosting site rather than the paid for product I am using at the moment.
Fitted round the above work I put two coats of primer on the panels I cut on Monday. I may well start work on these tomorrow.
I was out in the morning. When I got in my studio in the early afternoon I decided to work, as planned, on the six recently primed panels. I measured and marked out several in readiness for drawing very precise structures and also drew in the margins of all but one of the others.
I then put a thin ochre wash on one and will add spontaneous gestural marks on top and then more carefully defined structures on top of this – I will add images to these last named structures in due course.
On the final panel I roughly painted a primarily orange background using loose expressionistic strokes. I will possibly have to add further marks to this (I will look properly next week) and then add interacting symbols on top.
Saturday: no painting although I spent a large part of the day writing after I got back from an early trip to town.