My wife and I went out for a family meal. Either side of this I spent the time making radical changes to my blogs, internet and artistic identity. I have decided to phase out many of my blogs and social media sites; some immediately and others over a more protracted time scale. Even more dramatic, I have decided to eliminate all of my art and literary pseudonyms (I feel like a mass murderer!) to make a more easily managed internet and promotional presence and to add a bit of clarity to my creative life. This is a major step as I have had one for almost forty years and another got more internet exposure than I did! There were eight of us all together – initially four but my alter egos wanted alter egos of their own!
One worry is I used some of my pseudo-artists to cover types of art I didn’t really want Gerald Shepherd associated with; this may mean there are interesting times ahead.
I had to finish my weekly writing before I did anything else this morning. I then had about a thousand odd jobs to do – actually six! After this and walking my wife down to town I had little time to work in my studio. I started to paint in the images on TREE HEAD but didn’t get very far before moving onto the computers to work. I have a busy day tomorrow but I hope to finish the painting then.
I had to take the rabbit to the vets and then myself to the medical centre so I was late getting into my studio again. Once there I painted in all the central images on TREE HEAD which completed the work.
I then painted in rough structures on an old oil palette (it was actually a thin sheet of perspex which I use for palettes – although I use commercial palettes sometimes as well). The original paint layer was quite thick but I still used the paint straight from the tube – I actually had the choice of either side. I will add simple symbols tomorrow. The piece has the working title of DREAMS OF DEAD PEOPLE – very melodramatic I know!
After this I painted and manipulated photographs on the computer – plus a bit of writing.
Not too bad a day. I spent quite a long time in my studio before moving on to painting on the computers. In my studio I first painted in very simple symbols into the structures on DREAMS OF DEAD PEOPLE – however I didn’t like the end result and I left the picture to dry for possible repainting.
After this I added figurative imagery to the smallest two of the six new acrylic paintings on canvas which I started some time ago. Both pictures have roughly painted in symbols and shapes and I added the figurative images to the shapes. The plan was to paint in smaller symbols around the larger ones but I may now develop the figurative areas instead
I was out in the morning and on my return I painted on the computer for most of the remainder of the day. A rather short sentence but I actually did quite a bit of work.
On the spur of the moment I looked again at three pictures I started at the end of 2011 (I think) and which had reached the rough pencil stage. All three were based on photos: two of landscapes taken with a smart phone and the other was a picture of a painting on an easel with my feet pressed up against it. As I have now got an adequate drawing tablet connected to the computer I have actually done a lot of amended photographs (figures into landscapes etc.) and I felt the last named work was probably now redundant – I did a couple of versions on the computer to perhaps illustrate this fact. I rubbed much of the pencil out and very quickly redrew a new picture with the working title of RAINBOW BRIDGE (A SEQUENCE OF IMAGES RUNNING FROM BIRTH TO DEATH). I then painted over the pencil lines with thin acrylic paint.
My usual blogging in the evening – except that it is no longer usual as I have started a number of new blogs (even though I didn’t plan to) to replace some of my old pseudonyms.
My wife and I went out in the morning and then again in the evening. In between I finished off my weekly writing and did sundry other jobs on the computers.
The first week with me being one person instead of eight went reasonably well although there are a lot of web sites and blogs now permanently in limbo.