Beyond the Horizon

When I was being taught to draw I was told to look for the fourth dimension which I interpreted as meaning to look further than the object that was in front of me. I've named this blog 'Beyond the Horizon' to remind myself to always keep pushing my own boundaries.

Mixing Oil Paints

Mixing Oil Paints  18th Oct 18

I'm going to be presenting an oil painting course for people who want to try something new, on The Flying Plum website.

We're testing things out at the moment and if you click the read more button you will see a short video about mixing oil paints.

 

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RWA 166 Open Exhibition

RWA 166 Open Exhibition  6th Oct 18

The Three Wayward Sisters on Durdham Down, Self-studies has been hung at the RWA's Open Exhibition in Bristol. They will be there from the 7th October to the 25th November 2018.

The Weyward Sisters come from Shakespeare's Macbeth. These witches are meant to be very similar to the three Fates from classic mythology and I was intrigued by what happened when I put myself into these roles: Clotho spins the “thread” of human fate, Lachesis dispenses it, and Atropos cuts the thread.

This year, for the first time you can browse and buy all the art at the RWA Open Exhibition online, The Sisters are No. 085. Click to go to the RWA.

Thoughts on oil paintings and selfies.  22nd Aug 18

The process of painting for me takes hours, weeks, maybe months where as if I take a photo and I want to catch something it takes seconds for me to take the decision to press the shutter and in that moment I give my trust to the camera. Of course if I were a professional photographer I might take hours, weeks or months to set up a shot….

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What so special about the Polaroid?  18th Aug 18

There is a feeling of being in a difference time and dimension when looking at polaroid photographs, they are warmer, softer, hazier and the colour is distinctly well polaroid, they look like the 70’s and 80’s. So why not just leave them there, after all the digital makes much more accurate photographs?

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Talking about Dust Particles  14th Aug 18

The painting 'Dust Particles' was inspired by a conversation I had with my nephew Lucas. We were sitting in a room on a sunny afternoon and he told me that when he was very small, he wished we could all be dust particles like the ones we were watching, floating in a shaft of light.

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Comparing  a vintage Polaroid P600 and the new Fujifilm  Instax SQ6

Comparing a vintage Polaroid P600 and the new Fujifilm Instax SQ6  14th Aug 18

In 2009 Polaroid went bankrupt but a new company called Polaroid Originals is making film and it has also just bought out a new camera called the OneStep2, although for my experiment I'm using the P600 made in the 90s. Fujifilm has also instant cameras and film and I chose the new Instax SQ6 because although the photographs are smaller than Polaroid Original's they are still square in shape. If you are curious to see the difference between the two cameras and films you can download my pdf.

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