I’m in the final stages of preparation for my submission to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In the run up to a decision like this, there’s a strong whiff of doubt in the air…will I be able to come up with anything vaguely good enough…?
At first I had it in mind to rework a failed experiment which you can see emerge here a couple of days ago, and I thought it was the one. Since then I’ve been reminded of this piece (painted in October 2017) which I am considering…
…and then with just a day or two remaining I made this, a return to my recent angel designs. This is the largest of them to date, painstakingly crafted onto an 80cm x 30cm canvas.
I like them all. Now here I am – with too many choices, and only a day left to decide. Sometimes The Angels Punish Us, By Answering Our Prayers.
On the plus side at least I have choices to make, much better to be in that position than staring at a blank canvas at this very late stage! This deadline has galvanised me to produce some interesting work.
Footnote 1: For completeness, this is the other painting I am currently considering. Acrylic applied with fingers and a palette knife, on a 75cm x 50cm canvas.
Footnote II. Re: Winged Angels, in other news it’s the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of The Angel Of The North this week, cool huh.
Footnote III. I opted for the black and blue piece, titling it ‘The Gathering’. Let’s see how I get on…
I thought I’d try twisting the current angel theme a little today – something a little messier. I like the unpredictable nature of spraying paint, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get.
This angel is titled ‘I Never Saw It Coming’ and it will be the next free art drop. Keep an eye out for it over the next few days.
I’m really enjoying playing with these angel designs at the moment. Here’s a new one I made in London last week. I painted this using an iridescent orange acrylic which really catches the light. I used a lovely blue/grey Paynes Grey for the angel figure – the two set each other off really well. I plan to keep going with these and I have ideas for some more larger scale pieces in the series.
This piece has been sold.
Following on from the Angelic UpstArt sketch I posted earlier, I’ve made one or two changes to the larger angel canvas. Here it is in its ‘before’ state:
And here it is again after some more marks have been added.
This work is on an 80cm x 30cm canvas and I used Liquitex Heavy Body Professional paints.
Whilst I like the overall design – I’m personally not 100% sure about this one, and I’ve learned not to rush, so I’m sticking with it, for now at least. If you would like to buy this piece, you can contact me for more details via doug dot shaw at wgalimited dot com.
Where to start the artistic adventures of 2018? I had an idea for a larger canvas over the 2017 Christmas period – and following some good advice from Carole – I began with a developmental sketch, seen below.
From there I scaled the idea up and went from monochrome to colour. I’m not convinced by the larger piece yet – I think I need to make the figure looser, somehow. I’ll keep playing.
The canvas is 80cm x 30cm and the paper is 25cm x 10cm. The dessert spoon is shown to help you get a sense of the difference in size between the two pieces.
The two pieces are currently untitled – and I am grateful to MJ Carty for putting the blog title idea in my head, thank you.
Update: The monochrome sketch has now sold.