Art Diaries: Abstract Isn’t Enough

So, when I sat down to paint a couple of days ago, I knew I wasn’t going to have a plan for it. I’ve been touching on abstraction a lot recently, perhaps because I’m looking for a new direction, or perhaps because I’m just a bit stuck. And when I go down the path of…

Colour Theories – Inspired by the Palaeolithic

It’s difficult to recall the exact moment when I discovered Palaeolithic Art. I can only imagine I was at least partially exposed to it through the medium of art history, or television, or books. I remember as I delved more into this topic, being instantly hooked by the subtlety of colours in the brilliant, rust…

Colour Theories: Purple

We are a pattern-seeking species, and this is never more evident than in the career of any long-term established artist. From signature brush-strokes to colour meanings and even position and juxtaposition of objects, patterns are evident within any body of work. Evolution from disjointed works of art to art with purpose, evolution and a timeline doesn’t…

My Own Little Art History

A brilliant piece of advice I came across recently is that you need to learn about your own art history, not just that of the Great Masters and contemporary artists, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today. I often work within specific themes or phases, but most recently these have been troubling me…

Colour Theories: Getting Carried Away

Colour. The truth is, it’s not as easy as you think. This week, I want to talk about what happens when you get carried away by colour. You can’t just throw down whatever colours you like. Colour is merely the way our eyes respond to reflected light; an incredibly simple and beautiful principle, but difficult…

Reading Too Much Into Malevich?

I’m still coming to terms with abstract art and how it seems to dominate the art world. I have feelings of contempt for artists like Malevich and Rothko, perhaps because I am slightly envious if the ridiculous sums of money these paintings sell for (put them all together and you could probably pay of the…

Black, White & Colour

We’re all (hopefully) familiar with the colour wheel; we’ve been taught how to use it, and how not to use it, and learned what colours compliment, and which don’t work so well. Whilst I am a huge fan of bright, bold primary colours and using vivid yet limited colour palettes, I get the feeling that…

My Style and What it Means to Me

Recently, I’ve varied in style quite a bit; I’ve painted some pretty abstracted works, a couple of portraits and peoples of varying ethnicities and generally limited the amount of animals featuring in my paintings. So why is it one always feels so drawn back to that one particular style? Their one unique little niche in…

‘The Living World’ Art Exhibition Review

An art gathering is no longer something to be sought out underground, in the lanky alleyways and drunken gloom of Bohemia. While some readers, still young at heart, as young as they never were, will regret this fact others will embrace art’s promotion into overground light, and unashamedly embrace its nouveau riche glitter. Chloe Waterfield’s…