Over the summer I got a little bit back into painting, but I forgot to pack pencils/paints/brushes to bring with me to Mexico and, since realising I had no materials to work with, all I’ve wanted to do is art. I really miss 6th form, spending hours in the studio with some close friends working on sketchbooks and huge canvasses. Although at the time, I often resented having to do so much coursework which would inevitably be criticised for reasons I didn’t understand, I seriously miss being given time to dedicate to art, having the materials all there for me, being inspired by my classmates and having a specification to build on; I even miss the input of my teachers. A lot.
They introduced me to some great artists (at the time I hated having to do artist studies, but now I miss that, too!) There are a few who even now make me really want to paint. My favourite of all time, working in my favourite style, is Leonid Afremov.
Since doing a project on impasto (thick paint) using only one layer feels like I may as well not be painting at all. Afremov doesn’t use brushes, only palette knives, and although I quite like my brushes, I like the freedom that comes with not having to be too precise, the emphasis on colour and texture as well as the subject matter – to me it’s more expressive and a lot more fun. That said, I like detail, and he produces that, too.
I just found out today whilst writing this post that Afremov is currently living in Mexico – I will definitely visit his studio and probably spend an unreasonable amount of money on his paintings!
I haven’t done one since sixth form, but I like portraits. I don’t think I’m very good at them (I was alright when I was doing them all the time – maybe I can get up to speed again) and I’ve never done one in thick paint. Time to experiment (:
The artist who made me want to do portraits is David Hancock. It took me forever to remember his name when I was thinking about this post and I’m so glad I did. I’d like to meet this guy. He’s based in Manchester so perhaps it’s a possibility. I learned through studying his work that he’s a Bright Eyes fan as well as an amazing artist so I feel some sort of affiliation with him (we’re few and far between!) But yes, mostly his art. He paints people I can relate to, especially when I was younger, his style is overall one I can connect with.
I also miss life drawing. Being at school made it easy, but now that I’ve left I’ve got more ideas about how to draw and paint figures, but no one to draw!
Finally, photoshop. I miss photoshop. Not for making photos look better, but for making them look so different that they are works of art in themselves (another thing I firmly disagreed with in school and now want to dedicate entire sketchbooks to).