I'm afraid this is another 'filler' post while I wait for the new psu for my PC to turn up, after which I have to fit the damned thing and hope everything works! So unfortunately major site changes and decent pictures of new paintings are still on hold for a while. Nevertheless there is some news to report, the poll for naming the British Art Show 7 fringe events has just closed and will be officially known as 'Plymouth Art Fringe' or PAF for short, look out for the #PAF hashtag on Twitter and a new account shortly, the Facebookgroup page remains unchanged at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=122824517730374 so keep an eye out for the latest news and get involved if you can.
And just to maintain a bit of visual interest here are a couple of phone pictures of the 'Pimpernel Smith' paintings I've been working on. The completed 'You are Doomed, Captain of Murderers' and the first pass at 'Aphrodite Callipygous'. I'm not telling you what that means, you'll have to look that up for yourselves, it's reference that remains unexplained in the movie but does not make a 'respectable godess' (have a look at the youtube video at about 8.00 minutes in).
Something of a catch up post after a busy week of networking and, well just working really. Not a great start when the Art's Birthday events scheduled for Plymouth last Saturday failed to happen. Doubtless post mortems (post mortii?) have already been held but the problems were not of the making of the of the artists. A real shame and something of a disappointment.
By contrast the British Art Show fringe meeting on Tuesday night was ridiculously well attended and full of like minded people desperately trying to find something to disagree about. Being artists they managed it in the end but it was a close run thing. It was great to finally put faces to Facebook profiles and Twitter names and meet so many fellow artists in the flesh. I'm looking forward to the next meeting and watching developments closely. The Fringe Facebook page is here http://on.fb.me/edXTqZ if you'd like to be involved.
Thursday's Arts Matrix relaunch was another chance to network and to listen to Matthew Collings (him off the telly) talk about his own work for a change. Arts Matrix details and future events here http://artsmatrix.plymouthart.ac.uk/
In between all this frankly unaccustomed extra-mural activity I did manage to cram in some solid working time. The Leslie Howard diptych is into its final (I hope) tinkering stage and I made a start at yet another painting of the sainted Leslie, this time taken from 'Pimpernel Smith' rather than 'The First of the Few'. A couple of phone pictures (with provisional titles) are below and I'll post everything to the main site once I've fixed my PC (I'm borrowing my wife's laptop for this post). I'm also thinking about a major site redesign but more news on that next time ...
See what I did there? Yes it's another Leslie Howardcentric blog entry. There are times, that every artist knows only too well, when a piece of work resolutely and stubbornly fails to spring to life. In the case of what I do this is often intimately, although not completely bound up with the idea of 'likeness'. It can be doubly difficult when the source is a single frame of film which may not necessarily look 'like' the commonly held idea of the person it actually depicts.
Sometimes this is no problem, for instance both the Will Hay pictures on the gallery page manage to resemble the man whilst looking nothing like each other. Does that make any sense at all? Either way if you're thinking of buying one Will, or maybe even the pair, I have had some interest in these so don't procrastinate, easy terms are available.
Sales pitch over, what I'm trying to say is, 'I can't get this bastard picture to look like Leslie Howard whatever I do! (so far).' I'm sure it will happen, I'm just getting fed up waiting for it, so far it's been David Cameron, then an old boss of mine (a full Colonel OBE no less) and earlier this afternoon looked a bit like my Dad (when he was in the navy in 1945). As these are all authority figures (with the exception of David Cameron who doesn't figure at all in my opinion) I'm sure a psychiatrist would have something to say about it. Fortunately I don't know any psychiatrists. It will, as I have said before, be fixed. Although that may have to wait until Sunday as it is Art's birthday tomorrow and I'm off to the party! http://bit.ly/fNUYmg
Welcome to the first picturepalace blog post of 2011, I trust everyone is rested, replete and content after the festivities? The obvious exception being any Autralians reading this who will be understandably gutted about the Ashes, don't worry, you'll be over it in a couple of years. Any confused readers in non cricket playing regions of the globe, feel free to ignore the previous sentence.
I'm happy to report that it was a quiet Christmas in the picturepalace household and while very little paint was actually applied to canvas source material arrived in abundance. It is a strange quirk of DVD release schedules that many of the movies I've been trying to track down recently are only available as part of a boxed set or are prohibitively priced on their own. This can be a blessing in disguise. For instance, looking for a copy of Powell and Pressburger's 'I Know Where I'm Going' I found it as part of an eleven film set for £16(ish) at HMV. Bargain! Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger in 'Love Story' is another box set purchase that also includes 'Bank Holiday', Hitchcock's 'The Lady Vanishes' (more cricket references from Charters and Caldecott,) 'The Wicked Lady' and others. And finally something else to thank the Aussies for, 'Tawny Pipit' arrived packaged with another rural wartime movie that I've never seen, 'Great Day' http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0037748/ somebody down under really knows how to programme a double bill.
There was also some actual work done over Yuletide where 'The First of the Few' has morphed into a diptych depicting the apotheosis of Leslie Howard. I've basically completed the 'first pass' of both elements ie. getting the canvas covered and everything in the right place, unfortunately somewhere along the line the blessed Leslie appears to have mutated into the very much not sainted David Cameron! This state of affairs will not last long believe me. As it provided me with a bit of a giggle however I'm sharing it with you here.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.