tag : bright yellow-green apples: keep on looking 3 - night swimming

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

keep on looking 3 - night swimming

This is a brave new venture, but probably necessary given that I'm posting in the shadow of a whole array of amazing artists that I went and drew attention to. They're my guiding stars ect. so I need to get my act together with my own paintings. And so in the spirit of putting off inevitable election talk for just that little bit longer, here're a couple more pictures selected at random from my bag. Both were rounded off earlier this year, and I think are finished - but will never look so good as they might in real life. ie. come visit and see my back catalogue some time! As you can see, Graeme managed to help me be a bit clever with my picture links. Yes the stabilisers are off and there's no looking back:


Not so short story


I see your wonderful dancing

The former of the two still seems to be fairly large, despite resizing. I suggest ye cut and paste it to see better if you like.

13 Comments:

Blogger mary said...

oooh, gosh. they are very intriguing and...hmm. your art is really different to anything i've seen before, i love all the wee details in them, the overlaps, the reused paper gleaned from all sorts of sources. you could stare at these pictures for ages and still find some new meaning in them i think, whether attatched by you or intended. they're lovely. i think of the two i slightly prefer i see your wonderful dancing, although that's just a preference thing. i'm really curious to work out all the handwriting on not so short story, i made out something about woolworths i think. well, fabulousness!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

The reused paper kinda gives it soul, i think. A lot of art work can seem devoid of that, like a stale and pretentious statement of nothing (hence the rise of the popularity in craft! woohoo! we must fight mass production and soullessness till out pottery wheels break and our knitting needles snap). There's a sort of restraint there tho, you've let go a bit by wetting the paper (in dancing) so much the fibres have been disturbed, which is nice.

I think the restraint and control is a postive thing, it sort of makes the pictures whisper instead of shout.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

i saw this and thought of you

7:54 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Both those pictures have a bit of a past life. The Milton was originally done on a nice big watercolour pad I'd got for Christmas, and was simply a crude abstract painting on which was scrawled the sweet little poem "Good bye, good luck, good voyage, good day, good health, good good riddance". Then the printer, old photo, and scanner gave it a new life - once cut in half. The trees were originally scribbled (in biro and pencil crayon) on some paper I'd saved from a computer room, but then was cut into bits and heavily amended with a printer, scanner, and a wee bit of collage.

The former is a better motif, visually sharper and more harmonious. But my heart lies with the latter, as amoungst the closest I've got to doing what I have in my head and want to be able to acheive in the difficulties of real life materials. Something Sarah said about whispering, and Mary about staring for ages. I want to make intricate objects that can mean something in the suptleties and ambiguities of life...in an attractive way...

Thanks for the comments, it's very helpful to hear someone's considered views on them. Not that I'm a crowd-pleaser, so much as you help me to see things with new eyes.

12:49 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Oh yes, and here's to resisting the trite and mass produced! I know it's ironic for me to so heartily affirm that outlook, given that I use photocopiers and pavement rubbish packaging detritis, but it's a worthy aim that I still try to follow...

12:51 AM  
Blogger Gretchen Ross said...

Thank you for the wonderful artwork on your blog.

Namaste... :)

1:11 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

A new reader! I shall try not to fawn too much, but thanks for a comment & glad you like those two pictures. Very good for the confidence it is.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Gretchen Ross said...

One of the main reasons I took a look around here was the name of your blog...it reminds me of one of my favourite Donovan songs about "Silver Apples of the Moon and Golden Apples of The Sun"

1:49 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

"I know it's ironic for me to so heartily affirm that outlook, given that I use photocopiers and pavement rubbish packaging detritis"

Not at all, you photocopy, but you would not produce two works that were the same?

10:32 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Gretchen -

Oh I haven't heard that song, will have to track it down. The name has an odd gestation. Inspired by the work of the Fauvists, particularly Matisse, I painted a guache still life some years ago - which included a dark green begonia and some yellow-green pears & apples spread over a pink cloth. When trying to compose a poem late in 2003 that expresses my aspirations and hopes, I was looking for a good metaphor, and alighted upon them. It's hard to say how this communicates my dreams...

1:14 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Sarah -

Indeed - I would tend to the view that it's rather fun to use the tools of the enemy against them, so to speak. But you're right to say that my homely 'cottage craft' approach is a little different to a conveyer belt...

...knitting needles & clay, lining paper & and biros, in common cause.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Very subtle images, Mr Craig. I like very much.

Andy

9:56 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Ah thanks; it's all the more gratifying to have the approval of all you artsy people here. Humph, not that I should care for the opinons of others in expresssion of course! But it's still so nice that I'm not just sitting a self indulgent...

11:08 PM  

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