Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Provisional membership - Royal Institute of Oil Painters

I was really chuffed to discover I'd been elected as a provisional member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters following on from the annual open exhibition in December. It's a great honour and I look forward to being an active member throughout the year. I've exhibited at the ROI show for the last 5 years in a row and enjoyed every one of them. It's a great motivator and certainly keeps me on my toes when attempting to have work selected from such a high quality field.

The likes of Whistler, Sickert, Fantin Latour and Rodin are past members and the current membership has a formidable spread of talent. No pressure then! Actually, I thrive on the challenge of producing better and better work. It's what draws me into painting....the process of developing and evolving. It's easy to get stuck and fall into a comfort zone but those ruts can be hard to escape from. Equipped with forethought, knowledge and experience it's about being immersed in the moment and making the very best I can of that moment.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Shiny new studio!

This week I decided to blitz the studio and give it a re-vamp. Given how murky the weather is at the moment it seemed like a good use of time. I painted the walls in a paint that is designed to maximise the light (it has reflective particles!) and it's made a huge difference. The new shelving and picture rails are a real bonus too. I'm now looking forward to getting back to some proper painting (i.e. canvas instead of walls). Check out the video....my first posting of this type. It's quite overcast and daylight was fading fast so the studio doesn't look at it's brightest but it gives you an idea. I clearly need to work on my production/narration skills though!