Thursday, 28 June 2018

Painting for the Sake of Painting


After years of art education it seems odd to paint just for the sake of painting. At university I was not a painter. I dabbled at painting during my schooling (there's a fairly creepy self portrait floating around in case anyone's interested in taking a peep!?) Since then, I've mostly used painting as a sketching tool or as a means to another end - planning a print, suggesting a colour for a future project etc. However, as part of my sketchbook revival I whipped up this little flat lay gouache painting. It continues along my unintentional fruit theme and was a pleasure to paint. No it doesn't look realistic or particularly illustrative but it exists in my sketchbook as part of a body of work that is for nothing but for myself to gaze upon in a dull moment.

Although, knowing myself as I do, I'll probably use it in six months time as a basis for some ambition screen print extravaganza that completely ruins the image for me. Ah, such is life.

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  1. The cultural history of Inter-war Europe is filled with such powerful and influential interpretations of a reality that defeats the human capacity to imagine evil. Take Picasso's Guernica for instance. In June 1937, Picasso finished painting the Modernist classic in response to another April tragedy: the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica during the civil war. It was his anguished creativity reacting to George Steer's eyewitness account of the incident.
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