Awake and onto You tube to learn more for “Journey of a confused artist”.
I have already learnt about filming, editing, and posting a video to TikTok, Facebook, and all other social media happy platforms. NOT easy. One simple task turns into x20. It was a domino effect and I wished I had never started, but I eventually learnt. Watching and writing advice down is great, but you need to put it into practice. You will make mistakes.
Dudley Moore & Peter Cook became part of the research of ideas to create short comical clips on being an art critic. The Art gallery sketch was hilarious and it started me thinking of a fictitious character who was an idiot art critic who blindly yet firmly believed his interpretation of art was correct. The character would embody the antics of Alan Partridge. Smug and self obsessed. Maybe I will move this forward as the journey continues.
Later in town, I sit outside a café to people-watch and gather inspiration for characters to drift through the book. Standing in front of me stood a motionless man. He had an intense stare directed at me. This was very freaky and nerving. I pretended to look at messages on my phone but could still feel his eyes burning into me. Eventually he turned toward the public ashtray and scooped up a collection of cigarette ends. I then look at the ashtray on my table and notice a cigarette end which was nearly whole. This must have been the trophy he was after and I had ruined his quest.
Then there was the “conversation jumper”. A man who quickly engaged conversation with anyone and everyone within a zone of 5m. I was thankfully 5.5m and also writing this so as not to make a connection. When he had exhausted them he would prowl the floor around the bar for more victims. He asked too many questions and always knew more about what they talked about. “My black cat is blacker than your black cat” as my mother would say.
You tube morning tutorial time. A critic by Brian Sewell was on the playlist today. He was educating us on the basic principles of how we can view and interpret art through certain criteria such as subject, brush strokes, texture, and style. All these clues will enable you to have a basic understanding of the art, but NOT the feeling that it provokes. That is personal to you.
Later on the viewing schedule I came onto the TV programme “Draws off - The big naked”.
This was a competition between 4 artists to find the best life drawing artist. It was interesting to see their varying styles and techniques, and even better to see them critique the other contestants' art Some were repetitive and in-vogue for this moment in time, but certainly nothing to push the boundaries of life drawing.
I kept watching intently and started painting in my mind. It was obviously better than the other contestants. I tend to do this practice as I am drifting off to sleep. I find it very therapeutic with many benefits. If I do not like it< I just delete and move on. It has no cost attached with equipment and you can use any material you imagine. The downside was that it was not there in the morning. Well, there is always another evening.
I did some research for locations I needed to visit and gather research. The first on the list, and most important was the birthplace of renaissance art, Da Vinci, Botticelli, and the tutor to all Verrocchio.
It was of course Florence. Further research showed that I needed to talk and engage with students at the art academies such as the Russian academy. These were our future artists of a new generation learning from the practices of the great masters and keeping the art alive.
One art practice and discipline being taught and kept alive was from an artist/mentor called Charles Cecil, an American artist. The technique he was teaching was called “Sight size” and involved the artist moving forward and back from the subject, creating a visual impression seen from a distance. They would even move away from the subject and view it in a mirror. This gave a fresh view to the work. Our eyes become lazy after 20 min and this technique refreshes the eyes. I had used this myself on many occasions.
There is much more to come on the journey which I hope you will join me on. Please buy your ticket to leave the departure gate and come on board at Patreon “Journey of a confused artist” or visit the website to learn more about how you can be a traveler with me.
Until the next journal entry. Fill that brush and have fun.