Oh Look What Happened Whilst I Wasn't Thinking

I've been busy getting work ready for exhibitions and for our studio workshop open days.

These are the times when I abandon art work and I hate that as I become dis-jointed, which makes it really hard to re-connect.

Making art is like having a lover - on my mind constantly - but only fleetingly visited; intense and all consuming when I'm there. My art waits in the wings, whilst life's mundane tasks are metered out, for our next indulgent time together.

People think you need a break - because people need breaks from the work they do generally. 
Art is different though. 

When you take a break from your creativity, you severe a vital connection, which amounts to losing the thread of your thoughts.

Thoughts have to be nurtured and lived with and listened to.
Certainly my artwork is the physical manifestation of the ongoing consolidation of my thinking and response.

In the moment - that's where I have to be in order to make art.
With such a busy life, the problem becomes finding long enough moments to be in.

But, you know what?
All of the above means that I research - I drool at Pinterest - I find some images I like and print them out to stick on my shed wall as inspiration.

Except I didn't have time to be in my shed and paste them up.

Instead I found myself with pen in hand, doodling all over them.

So these mini responses just appeared - seeds of new thinking?

Snatching A Little Pin Time

Sometimes I think I might be a bit addicted to Pinterest and this is why..

Thicket Assemblages

Mimesis XV

Mimesis III, IV, Nocturne Grandes XXII, XXI

Almost every time I have a little look at my Pinterest pages, I find a new (to me) artist, designer, piece of work, idea, possibility!
Last night it was Robert Kelly - an American artist based in New York.
His studio - never mind his art - is amazing:

Look at the scale and relationships of the space, furniture, window frames with the artwork and its placement in that space. I love that there is a small piece of Kelly's in the corner, almost the same size as the grey electrical box near the window. I love that the verticals of the radiators under the window are echoed in the large piece on the left.

A Little Light Bedtime Reading

Saw this interesting article from NESTA today. 
As it says on their website:
"Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life"

The UK has really low - and continuing to lower - productivity. Productivity is clarified by Nesta as "output per hours worked".

In the UK, we manage to produce 17% less output than the average for the G7 nations, for the hours we work - our widest gap for 20 years.

found on pinterest.com

Really grim thought - that we spend long long hours at work, but our productivity is lacking behind.
Nesta goes on to explain that there's a sagging middle (I've got one of those!).

Computers and other machines continue to replace people in 'routine' jobs in the middle income areas, one of the contributors to a massive and growing inequality of income.
This is the exciting bit: The creative sectors have 2.6 million jobs within them - bigger than financial services and construction. 
Nesta's report - 'Creativity Vs Robots' finds that where many many jobs can be replaced by computers; the Arts - creative jobs - are particularly resistant to this so called 'evolution'.

The Offcuts by Studiomama

Get this: Nesta says "87% of highly creative workers are at low or no risk of automation, compared with 40% of jobs in the UK workforce as a whole."
Anyway - I'm going to take a download of 'Creativity Vs Robots' on the bus to work - or to read in bed, before sleep. Have a look for yourself HERE 

Found Any Stray Consonants Recently....?

Last night I went to a fantastic lecture by the lovely Graham Rawle.
Those of us of a certain age will remember with fondness and a chuckle his cheeky 'Lost Consonants' series in The Guardian in the 1990s:

Yes - the series DID run for fifteen years..!

Not only was the work he has been doing since then inspiring, but the way he structured his lecture was as beautiful, entertaining and thought provoking as one of his genius collages.

Rawle has written several novels - well, not just 'written' - he has created them, to be more precise.

His first book Woman's World sounds amazing - really want to read it after last night's lecture!


Graham Rawle has been made 'Visiting Professor of Illustration' at NUA - so last night was his inaugural lecture in Norwich. 
He explained eruditely yet simply and with interesting visual allegory how a narrative is built up; how he structures a story. Fascinating.

I gleaned ideas both to pass on to my students AND for my own artwork. 
Thank you dear Mr Rawle, for your gentle witty inspiration.

Makes A Refreshing Change....

Not only will it be very exciting when all the Bacons come to the Sainsbury Centre later this month - 18 April to 26 July.
A coincidental bonus - in removing the Bacons, which generally sit in the permanent display, gaps were inevitably left. 
By filling those gaps, the curators have given us a real treat: some different work, up from the vaults, is getting an airing... Spanish artists: Chillida and Millares:

The actual purpose of the visit was to see the Abstraction and the Art of John Golding exhibition. 
Just SO good to see a strong and varied show - on our doorstep - celebrating abstraction
May just filter through so that one or two more people may appreciate my work!!

Taking Shape....

Busy, busy, busy...getting our Breaking the Mould exhibition installed this morning at STEW GALLERY, Fishergate, Norwich:

Preview this evening: 6-8pm!
As you can see from the photos; a interesting array of varied work will contrast and compliment in the roomy Stew Gallery, until 10 April