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A while ago i stated that i wanted to submit more 'wordy' posts up here - my thoughts in text and so on. I think i may have been inspired by other blogs i read regularly that are more text than image, whilst i guess i tent to post more photos than words. But anyway, for some reason i started to write about an experience i had recently whilst painting and felt the need to share it. So here goes - comments are welcomed. Feedback is appreciated!
The Fear of Risks.
Some weeks ago I met up with a couple of friend to do a spot of canvas based painting. Whilst two of us were cracking on with cans and brushes at hand, one was milling around, doing anything and everything but painting…
I asked what was up and it seemed that although he was enjoying our company and the chance to have an evening dedicated to painting amongst likeminded others, he just didn’t feel any spark - the mood just didn't take him. He went on to say that he wanted to experiment and the vibe wasn’t right on that evening; that perhaps painting experimentally is something he just had to do alone.
Despite being amongst friends that wouldn’t judge or criticise his work, he still felt uncomfortable pushing the boundaries of how he painted around other graffiti writers.
This brought up an interesting point that I haven’t really ever contemplated before – the fact that (traditional New York) graffiti art is all about showing off how accomplished you are at writing the letters in your name... ‘I’m here!’ ‘Look at me!’ ‘Check out my style!’ ‘Look at my letters!’ Graffiti writers spend years perfecting their own style and experimentation can, and will inevitably lead to an outcome that you are not planning for. This could therefore make the style you are publicly known for considered substandard to a viewer who is familiar with your usual efforts.
It started me thinking about the fear of taking risks.
The fear of experimenting with new techniques and trying something totally different stunts the growth of the graffiti sub-culture, because either consciously or subconsciously there is a concern regarding how an onlooker will perceive your artistic ability. Perhaps more generally, artists tend to stick to their known formula in the comfortable knowledge that the world will have the opportunity to see that they have reached a level where their style is recognised and (hopefully) respected. Hey, if it aint broke, why fix it?!
This all rang true to me personally when I gave it a little more thought.
I dedicated a good 10 years to painting the same letters week in, week out, with the sole purpose of having others recognise the style of my letters - and I did this whilst conforming to the ‘rules’ of graffiti. It was only when I felt old enough and secure enough in myself to cease worrying about judgements the onlooker makes, that I really started to feel progression with my painting in a wider sense and began to embrace the art of experimentation.
I can feel another painting coming on…
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
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Friday, 30 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
I am really pleased to say that i have just recieved an email telling me that i have WON!
Below is the message i recieved and although im currently sunning myself with the fam in Corfu, ill be back next week in time for the awards event next Weds. Do come down and join us for a drink if you are free...
A winner has been chosen from the Bristol A Second Look 09 photo competition!
After receiving over 1,300 votes online and as paper ballots, Second Look is delighted to announce that 'Arches' by Luke Palmer has been chosen as this year's Second Look at Bristol.
The votes were very close & competition was fierce. Several pictures took the lead for a while, and only 1 hour from completing the count this competition was too close to call. The general response to the 16 finalists from the public has been incredibly positive with a lot of people commenting that it was impossible to choose one picture to vote for.
There will be an award ceremony on Wednesday October 21st, at Photographique, 31 Baldwin St, BS1, from 6.30pm-9pm. There will be drinks, music & entertainment, all the pictures entered in this year's competition will be displayed & Luke & the 15 finalists will be presented with their awards. All are welcome.
Second Look would like to thank the 75 people who entered this competition for their incredibly creative responses to the brief; Mark Simmons, Steve Wright, Justin Quinnell, Philip Searle, Alex Wolfe Warman & Rachel Profit for the impossible job of selecting our finalists; Photographique & Make Better Photos for supporting this event & supplying the prizes; and the thousands of you who voted for your favourite picture. Once again the quality of the entries & the enthusiasm of the public has completely taken us by surprise.
Thank you Bristol.
Lisa FurnessSecond Look
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Mike was 23 when he broke his neck in a road traffic accident, resulting in paralysis from the upper
chest down – medically he is classified as having a complete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) resulting in
Tetraplegia (level C6).
Between April 09 and April 2010, friends and family of Mike are attempting to raise money to put
towards the purchase of an adapted car which will enable him to drive independently. Mikes needs
are such that such a vehicle is highly specialised and comes at a very high price.
As part of this fundraising we have organised the GDM Art event and auction which will be held at
the Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol on the 14th and 15th of October.
The doors will be open from 11am to 9pm on Wednesday for a full days viewing of the works going
under the hammer. Thursday will be a busy day with the opportunity for further viewing from 12pm.
There will be live painting by Mr Jago, Inkie, Lokey, Felix, Eelus, Xenz, Paris, Boswell, Vermin, Milk
and Dora starting at 4pm and the auction including lots by Guy Denning, Pam Glew, Rowdy, Ian
Francis and Nick Walker to name but a few, will commence at 7pm.
The work can be viewed on line at Dreweatts, www.dnfa.com and at www.art-el.co.uk. Bidding can
be made in person or live online at www.the-saleroom.com on the evening, commission bids will
be taken with valid credit/debit card details prior to the event. If you wish to make a commission
bid and to register for bidding please contact The GDM team on 07789 971273 or e-mail
The event will also include a fine art ‘mystery’ postcard sale featuring work from award winning
artists from all over the world, many of which have shown in the BP portrait awards and with some
having work in the National Portrait Gallery their work usually thousands. This sale therefore gives
people the opportunity to purchase a piece of art that would usually cost a small fortune, for just
We are also running a raffle to win a portrait painted by Vincent Brown, a multi award winning
portrait and figurative artist from Bristol. Tickets will be available at the event and are also
available now via the GDM blog at http://getdringmobile.wordpress.com. For more information
about Vincent Brown and to see examples of his amazing work please visit his web-site at http://
Vince himself will be attending the event and will determine the winner of our very own portrait
competition. We hope to see lots of you there, with live painting, music, beer and curry this
promises to be a great night.
If you require any further information regarding the event or Get DringMobile please contact us at
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
1) The Arches
2) Big Ben
3) Queen Street
4) 'Triple Drop' - 5 x 12" canvases displayed vertically (left to right) by Ziml, Acer and Dicy
5) 'Mash Up' - Left to right - Acer 'Stars', Ziml 'Ziminatures', Dicy screenprint 'Sketchbook Sessions' and Ziml's hexigons.
Some of these pieces are still available so drop me a line if you are interested in anything to can see here. Thanks again to all of you who came along and made the show such a sucess - and specail thanks to all who came and said hello and had a chat. I always like to meet some new faces...
Sunday, 13 September 2009
I was pleased to find out last week that one of my images has been selected to be a finalist in the Bristol : A Second Look competition at Photographique, Balwin Street, Bristol.
The brief was to produce photographs that show:
- unnoticed aspects of Bristol,
- what we might otherwise pass by,
- the small things we might take for granted,
- details with hidden interest or beauty,
- places which people might not normally be able to see.