The challenge with this piece was using the shocking green as a base and then figuring it out from there. The first colour I put over the green was black. It just seemed logical to fill in the blanks between the two and beyond.
Now it’s in the drying rack for a few months before varnishing and releasing on the site for sale.
Had the pleasure of viewing dozens of original Picasso prints at Gloss Gallery, Exeter last evening. To my surprise and delight, I had not only not seen these works before, but they were priced at a level that I could afford (in instalments, that is). I didn’t buy, but I had mentally narrowed it down to one particular print for £950. It was a beautiful colour line drawing of a female life model and an artist- both had faces which implied they were wearing masks. It was wonderful. Temptation to buy was strong, but I know I can’t afford it yet. Heck, I just about fainted to see my Federation of Small Businesses renewal come out of my bank account, so I think I’m a way off buying a (however affordable) Picasso.
I was accompanied by my best buddy, Pete, and after reintroducing myself to Lucinda (head honcho at Gloss, whom I’d gone to see in mid-2013), Pete and I wished her success with the sales and headed off for tapas. It was a good evening and an inspiring one to boot. I’ll be putting a lot more of my own drawings online in response to what I saw there. I am also going to make more time for drawing for the sake of drawing because too often I find myself in the mindset that “I must paint” and in reality I need to shift that mantra to “I must create” and who cares the medium.
I spent yesterday completely revamping this site. It’s been a long time since I did any web work to this extent, and I must admit, it felt pretty good. I was having a lousy day and art was frustrating, so I thought I’d take the time to solve some issues with jendixon.com. One thing led to another, and I rapidly found myself doing the whole thing over with a new theme. It’s responsive (meaning it’ll look nice on your mobile devices), and I think it showcases my work in a more modern and snappy way.
It’s all part of the unfun “business” end of art, but necessary. I dislike marketing, but it is a necessary evil to get my work in more hands – or rather – on more walls. Let me know if you find a bug. Thank you.
After ages of taking up the guest room to dry my oil paintings, I took my best friend’s old wardrobe shelving (he has just upgraded to lovely new drawer units) and redesigned it into a very functional drying rack for my work. It’s rock solid, holds most of my small to large work, and is portable. I could easily put casters on it to make a moveable floor unit should my studio space change. Best of all, I designed it, built it, and it surpassed my expectations. At £39.99 for a new shelving unit, I’d even consider buying one to make a second rack.
Now that the local play is done and dusted, my focus is once again returned to the huge backlog of work I have going on. I’m illustrating a children’s book for a local first-time author, always painting a number of works, and wrestling a never ending mountain of completed works that need photographed, scanned, priced, and added to this website.
The amount of work I produce is massive, so massive that I consciously hold back from making all I could. I am already buried in stockpiles of drawings and paintings, and the workload of cataloguing them gets me down. I don’t sell as much as I should, but that’s largely down to the crippling task of getting things prepared for sale. I am my own best saboteur.
This is part of my journey as a professional artist. I’ll get the hang of it one day. I managed to get six works uploaded over the weekend, and at that rate, I just might get caught up around the year 2025…