In many of my public artworks, I have used the tree to bring nature into the city environment. At Woodmansterne School the children did drawings of the school values. That large leaf in the final sculpture represents ‘Responsibility’. Perhaps responsibility for the environment? Trees in a City Park, 2020. Alkyd resin enamel oil paint on…
…which brings me back to thinking about the Divine Comedy of Dante. In Dante’s time, like our own, there were corrupt politicians and greedy bankers too. But he had a solution for this – to send them into the bowels of hell.
“Always carry a sketchbook with you”.
“Waiting for inspiration to strike is OK. Just make sure there’s a brush in your hand and you’re standing I front of a canvas when inspiration strikes”. – Robert Henri
There are many stories of artist friends throughout history. Most of them were pretty edgy by all accounts – maybe even more like rivalry than friendship. Gauguin and van Gogh argued fiercely in the famous ‘yellow house’.
If the purpose of a sculpture is a celebration of art, then why not a celebration of all creativity?
Artists are doing it for themselves There is this idea that art is a market, and that artists are in competition with each other, just like in any other market. But we artists are so unique, and have such diverse approaches to their work/career, that maybe it is foolish to think of us as being…