One small step for man; one giant leap for a technophobe…

Don’t get me wrong – I have a love- hate relationship with social media the same as everyone else, but this is my first foray into an ACTUAL website and blog. So the first challenge for me is about understanding everything about the placement of widgets and how to resize a header, rather than the more creative challenge of a blank page (note, I still haven’t quite worked out how to link pages on this site).

But the purpose of this space? Other than to think out loud about how to build a website? I guess ultimately it’s going to be a space for me to focus exclusively on the art process (which helps me think through my ideas and where i want to go with them); and for me to reach out and hopefully connect more with readers and people who like my paintings.

The thing is, I’m not quite ready to launch my artsite, so I think that means there’ll be a disconnect. But I’ve been assured that the thing to do is to just write (stream of consciousness here i come) and worry about sense and quality and all that jazz later. Just write. Beat the big blank page.

beating the big blank page

Interestly I’m rarely put off by a blank page when painting and drawing – just when I’m writing.

Anyway, that’s probably enough for right now. If this is supposed to be a conduit for my art, maybe its best to let the art do the talking instead.

I’ve spent the last week in a race to the finish line in order to make an exhibition deadline for this painting, called “Svalbard”. It’s one of two polar bear paintings where I’m experimenting with light and movement (and it turns out, also thousands of bubbles).

I’m pleased with the result, but don’t want to see another bubble for a looooooong time.

Svalbard – soft pastels on card – 50cm x 70cm

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