I work with young children in my day job as a London Children’s entertainer. I like to keep my inner child alive so I can relate to my little clients in a non- patronising way, playing with them rather than for them.
I remember the joy of ‘sticking’ at nursery and primary school: little balls of tissue paper , dried pasta , feathers, sparkly glitter and sequins and bright coloured buttons and magazine paper. There is something quite marvellous about creating art by sticking stuff down. A good part of the joy is peeling off the glue that remains on your hands when you are done. Or is that just me?
Collage to my mind is just a grown up extension of this joy. Try a spot of collage one day, see if it doesn’t take you straight back to a happier time.
I’ve done a few figure studies using newspaper, painted torn up sheets of paper and lots of glue. Sometimes I drew over the top, sometimes it’s just left.
See what you think.
Love the toes in this
Study in greys
Study in yellow
The figure is there somewhere?
More painting, this time stuff I did at Morley College a while back. Some of it experimental, all of it bright.
Reclining nude collage
Patterns and body
The three graces
Being in field
Body and pattern
Who says men don't look good in pink?
Meditation in Green
To be continued.
Anyone that knows me, will attest to the fact that I’m very partial to colour. My love affair with colour was fuelled with an early start in the bright blue skies of Africa ,(I write about this here Out of Africa) and my home is filled with vivid hues and jewel-like colours. ( Have a look here).
I also paint and draw in not a very subtle way. I like vivid. I’m not grey skies and subtle shades , I’m in your face colour clash and passion. I know no other way.
Oil pastel angry self
Oil paint hiding self