Thursday, February 11, 2010


The series so far: 1 to 10 in a series of 30.


Twister at NASA

image002Baptism at NASA 


NASA Lost in Space

image004NASA and the Giant

image005Major Flood at NASA 

image006NASA in a Time of Peace 


Romance at NASA


The NASA Control of Culture


NASA in a Time of Drought

image007Space Oddity at NASA   

Monday, February 8, 2010


Me 3

Me again – the cult of me – at least you know who you are reading. This photo taken around 11.00PM on Sunday night, 7th February 2010. Just another 11 months to go in this year, until 2011 -  and I just started NASA #11. The following studio shots were taken just before starting NASA #11, earlier today.

Studio 1

Here you can see I am building another wall, this time around some piping.

Studio 2

This is back the other way looking at where I am sitting now – stuff everywhere until I finish construction and free up more space.

Studio 3

This is the other half, looking at my drawing and painting area – that’s the blank canvas version of NASA #11 on the left.

Below is the the first scratchy and scrawlly 10 minutes of NASA #11 using a cheap brush and Carbon Black acrylic.


And now the fill in bit using Napthol Crimson, Prussian Blue Hue, Naples Yellow and Titanium White. This is the shock horror bit where my almost random RED, BLUE, YELLOW selection shows it’s true colours.


After this quick and sloppy start I will begin to redraw the image in Carbon Black. This is where I also start thinking about the work on another level and begin to make some sort of sense of the combined images. But in saying this, it’s not that I want to know the meaning of what I see, but more the joy of the suspicion of meaning.

Friday, February 5, 2010



It’s getting late and I am becoming bleary eyed, and I am afraid I will be stung by this wasp that is just near my head.


It’s sitting on my computer speaker and cleaning itself – it’s a mud wasp, and thankfully they rarely attack due to their solitary nature – but it knows where I am and tracks my movements like a praying mantis.

I just wrote a short review for an art exhibition on my other blog ArtSmelter, which was fun. I also, looked through some images and decided to post two SquareScape paintings - that I normally keep hidden – because I am not that fond of them. But they are part of a series and they do have some redeeming features – so warts and all.

Squarescape Five SquareScape Five – Ellipse

Squarescape Two SquareScape Two – Weed

I have another SquareScape on the easel which needs to be finished. It’s different to these two and was initially formed by blasting the wet paint with a trigger bottle and allowing dribbles. I then built up a landscape image based on these semi-random paint marks. It’s almost finished but needs some whizz bang to make it shine and who knows what that will be. I will post a pic. when it’s done.

I have wondered about the merits of blogging………………………

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Me feb 10

Well, I have finished NASA #10, except for one last look and maybe a fiddle. The trick is to fix the things that annoy – it’s too much work to fix the whole thing. Besides, not every painting is going to be equal: some will be better than others and some will not work well. But I feel it’s important to take a painting to it’s logical conclusion and then put it to bed.

So, here are the last 3 NASA paintings –  8,9,and 10.

NASA 8 9 10

10 is still on the easel and has been a quick but difficult painting. But, it’s part of the bigger series and so despite it’s issues I think it will pass. It’s funny how on a series like this - where I have restricted myself by having a strict set of guidelines – that one’s technique slips and changes, sort of like a falling to sleep at the wheel, where the car slowly veers off the road.

It may not be apparent to the viewer but the changes in technique are quite clear to me – especially, when I am doing the work, and can feel the struggle, as if my hand has a mind of it’s own. I am sure though, that when all 30 paintings are together as one group, that the minor problems will be forgotten and may even be the things I start to enjoy.

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