This artblog will follow the journey I am attempting to make from my present expressive figuration (above) to figurative semi-abstraction (as yet unknown). This is the direction I have set myself to fulfil an inner need.
The project comes about from my unsuccessful attempt in October last year to become an Artist Member of the Paisley Art Institute (PAI). The experience showed me many things that I needed to learn and correct, such as:
1. The need to limit the scope of my image-making and focus on one subject or theme, rather than the diverse many I presently distract myself with;
2. The need to become more consistent in the quality of my painting;
3. The need to develop a more professional work ethic;
4. The need to simplify the presentation of my artwork with consistent framing.
I therefore decided, at that time, to impose a tighter, more focussed regime by implementing these objectives (and give myself a year to do so) with the intention of getting into the position that I could once again make application to the PAI with a much improved chance of success - if I still wanted to!
In November last year I also, co-incidently, sent for the final year course material for a distance-learning art course with the OpenCollegeoftheArts (OCA) which had already been paid for (by my previous employer) and had been outstanding for more than three years. This came through early December and surprisingly fit exactly with my proposed intentions. The course, titled ‘Painting 3: Advanced’ sets out to turn “self-motivated students” into “independent artists”. This is exactly what I had been proposing for myself and so I intend to use the course to my own advantage by accepting the discipline it imposes.
The principal feature of the course is that students ‘design’ their own series of projects which will lead them to their ultimate goal, establishing their own time-schedule or programme in the process.
In the coming days I will start by describing this programme of work and how I propose to complete it.
You are invited to accompany me on this journey and offer what observations and advice you can give.