Planning…

The Fiddler, 2017

I like to start the year with a bit of a plan. It’s a ‘bit of’ because I’m a fiddler at heart and can’t help hopping around the studio dealing with this and that. And, as always, there are (as it is disputed that Harold Macmillan may have or not said) “events, (my) dear boy, events”. This year of course we have the on-going saga of COVID to contend with but equally smaller things come up from time to time including the possibility of invitations to participate in shows that may (or may not!) happen.

So it is that I’m currently rethinking my plan to start a series of large canvases immediately and focus instead on the third part of The Heart Of Rural England (Painting The Town Red) [scroll back to Dec 3rd and 15th entries and more] and another previously abandoned project…I arrived at Art School ‘proper’ (my Diploma course at Falmouth) in the autumn of 1970 so 71 was my first year of being a ‘proper’ tyro artist.  Reaching 70 (as I shall do this summer) brings a full fifty years of practice around.  Back in 2012 I began a series of 1 foot square canvases to represent each year of painting that – at that time – I intended to be a set of 45 to culminate on my ’official’ retirement date.  Moving studio kyboshed that and those to date in 2013 remained boxed up in my studio back at the Chapel till now.  However with the impending date of my 70th it seems a good time to push on – as Primo Levi said “if not now, when” – so the project – now titled Fifty Year Itch – is underway again with the ambition to post an image of each in turn from April 17th through to June 6th.  I thought a short commentary would be an idea for each picture so that will be posted on my blog through the same two months. Watch this space as they say.

A first one for 1970…not to be included in the final fifty…

2 thoughts on “Planning…

  1. Hi David, how are you doing? Never thought all this would last so long! Change of direction with your work? Realise this is signing as coming from the hatchery artist email so you might not realise it is Chris (Wright).

    1. Hello Chris,

      Good to hear from you. Yes this Pandemic has become rather a life defining event hasn’t it? I don’t know about ‘the Hatchery’ – is it your studio set up now? We are well here – luckily having set up at home means work has carried on uninterrupted. I know lots of artists who are having a harder time of it… I’ve been making objects alongside the painting activity on and off for years (my degree show was half &half nearly 50 years back now!!) but rarely showed much of it. It’s fun though, hence I keep coming back to it. Hope you are ok. All best.

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