'Chaos breeds Images'said the famous British painter Francis Bacon. And I can really relate to that because my studio is pretty much in complete chaos 99% of the time, in fact when you look at pictures of Francis's studio it isn't too dissimilar to the state of my own. I mix my colour palette on the wall or the back of the door which is close to my work table. I have canvases, books, magazines and images laying everywhere. I constantly have to move stuff just so I can work, but I wouldn't have it any other way. There is comfort in the chaos because i know that I just have to turn my head, move a box and I will discover or see an image which will excite my interest. Another Bacon quote 'I am inspired by everything and Nothing'.
The Triangle Effect
So this new little series I am working is a bower birds next of images all thrown together in random order. Having said that there is some order in that chaos and because I have created so many of these types of works over the years, I think my subconscious brain 'knows' where to place the images.
Composition is such a complex thing when you really think about it, there is so much to consider, but i believe the more compositions and artworks you create, the better at composition you will become, because in effect you train that part of your brain to recognise good composition. I always tell my students to constantly create new works all the time, the more you do the better you will become. You have to exercise your creative muscle
From 3d into 2d...
'Mofu' started his existence as a ceramic mask but it was evident that he was not destine just to be a 3D creation. A couple of days ago I decided to transform him into a stencil design to be used in my 2d work. I have to say I am really happy with how he turned out. I think he is pretty nice and I decided to give him some reindeer horns. I plan on giving him different attachments and I am looking at developing a line of t-shirt designs based on him and several other characters including my Kitty.
So today I am happy to say that I am working on a clothing line of my designs. My clothing brand is going to be called GREEF and will feature a combination of stencil and hand drawn images. The first lot of designs are in production at the moment and I have a lot of ideas forumating on how i want things to look. So I thought i would show you some of the basic designs i have come up with so far....please note these are not final and all cloths are purely experimental. I am still playing around with design size and placement and I intend to sew and add extra material and other elements to make them 'one offs' and I will be eventually selling them through my etsy site. At the moment I am working on men's t-shirts but i am planning to print onto women and kids clothing!!
Art Fair next weekend 29th and 30th October
So next weekend I have my final art fair in Norway. I have never done well at this particular art fair, mainly because the type of people who attend are quite conservative and my work doesn't fit the conservative mentality. But I don't care, it gets my name out there in the community (not that it matters much anymore since i am leaving). I am selling mainly masks with a few works on paper, won't be going over board as I am in the process of packing and shipping my stuff back to Oz. So fingers crossed for a few sales to help me on my journey.
I am going to end with this latin quote which is my moto:
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam - means "I shall either find a way or make one".
Hope you all have a creative and inspiring weekend/week a head!