New Firm Gently site
I'm chuffed to be launching a rebuilt Firm Gently, there are hundreds of changes to the design and layout, a new articles section, an area where you can buy limited edition prints and several new pieces of work. A new magnifier has been added to show the detail of all the photos and artwork. I hope you like it.
New painting: Foresty
A departure from my usual range of styles, Foresty is figurative but uses parts of my semiauto technique.
Empty Easel review
I got a nice little write-up from Dan over at Empty Easel, they have some useful articles for artists over there so do check them out.
I am still alive
I've not posted any new stuff to the site for a while as I've been busy with other things, including setting myself up so I can start selling prints of my work through this site. Be aware-ea of this area! (that means watch this space)
New work: Montserrat Blue
A new impressionistic seascape, hope you like it.
New work: Ride Waves / Make Waves
My latest abstract painting.
New work: Filamentary My Dear Flotsam / South Down Cows
New work: Splatstormm Series
There is now an RSS news feed where I'll post updates about new pieces and other news relating to this site and my work. This is in response to a suggestion from a friend who visits the site - thanks Carlos!
New work added
Two new pieces of work: In One Side and its complement, Out the Other. Also there is a work in progress which I thought some people might like to see (and if they had to wait until I was finished they might never see it).
Ratings table [EDIT:I got rid of this]
I added a ratings table so I can see which bits of work people like and which they don't like. It's for my own purposes really so there aren't any main links to it but check it out if you're interested.
Facebook 'like' buttons
I to and fro in my relationship with Facebook. Is it the all-encompassing hive mind wanting to dissolve us all? Maybe, but for now I'm going along with it. I like people to see what I make, and for them to have reactions - it's the only reason I make things. So I added a Facebook 'like' button.
Click it, your friends will click it, then your friends' friends will click it, and when I rule the world I'll get you a good deal on something or other.
New website goes live
This website has been my main focus of attention for the past couple of months, it's sucked up literally hundreds of hours of my life but that's fine I didn't have much else to do.
The rebuild is significant for me as it represents a shift in focus back to painting, a skill which I have kept barely alive, neglected and underfed for the past few years. I'm now back into my painting (at least I was before the website took over) and it feels right.
Although I am glad to have finished the site, I've endured a deep sustained dive into my left brain to do it and am euphoric in anticipation of future wallowings in the right.
EDIT 06/03/11: Ok after another fortnight of twiddling, now it's really gone live.
The Brighton Stuckists founded
I'm not a big fan of the Turner Prize or modern concept art in general. Some may say this is because it's too deep or complex for me, they may be right. I say it's because it's a hiding place for blaggers and bullshitters (I never bullshit - check out my photos if you don't believe me). It's a self-sustaining phenomenon, those who create it have found a way of substituting words for effort and skill, and those who surround them are scared of appearing stupid if they don't perceive the depth and excellence they are told is there.
Stuckists are painters who, according to Tracey Emin are 'Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!'. I found I identified very much with what they say in their manifesto and have therefore founded The Brighton Stuckists.
Mark Blackbourn is a pretentious waffler. He pays other people to produce half-arsed work for him and puts more effort into marketing himself than developing artistic skills.
Whilst talking about himself in the third person he will convince you that although he can't paint for toffee, his ridiculous creations are deeply intellectual and that if you don't pretend to understand and be thrilled by them you are inferior and do not deserve the respect of your simpering peers.
Only joking. If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake...baked a cake...baaked a caaaake...
"Stuckism proposes a model of art which is holistic. It is a meeting of the conscious and unconscious, thought and emotion, spiritual and material, private and public. Modernism is a school of fragmentation - one aspect of art is isolated and exaggerated to detriment of the whole. This is a fundamental distortion of the human experience and perpetrates an egocentric lie."