This year has been one of those years when I haven’t really been happy with what I have created – it happens every three or four years or so, mainly because I am highly experimental and also usually have a huge number of works in progress at any one time. Perhaps I should add that it is rare to like any of one’s own art works but one still gets a reasonably good vibe when things are going well.
After a spell of producing (for me) relatively large works I wasn’t sure whether to have a change and do a series of smaller pictures – I normally do landscapes which are easier to sell – or continue the big picture trend. I decided on the latter and I have begun to finish some even larger pictures I had originally started in 2011. The first to be completed is this work (NUDE SELF PORTRAIT – a fine figure of a man I know! Joke!!) and I am actually moderately happy with it although I may do another version with symbols instead of figurative imagery in due course – I may even have some clothes on next time!
Incidentally I am also cautiously content with another large scale work I am currently working on (entitled: RED: LIGHTS AT WEYHILL ROAD ROUNDABOUT – AMBER: ONCE A THOUGHT IS MADE DOES IT LAST FOR EVER? – GREEN: A SLOWLY SINKING LANDSCAPE) so perhaps a corner has been turned.
The self portrait has the starting or thematic imagery in the grey oval at the the top: namely abstracted versions of an artist painting a picture. These images are then developed down the orange strands. Most of my work, certainly since 1976, has been developmental and sequential with evolving images or symbols moving across or down the picture plane.