A New Work


It’s amazing what a good morning in the studio can do for your confidence as an artist. The results in the photo above speak for themselves, I think. Click on the image, and you’ll get a much better look at the work.

I’m not sure what to call this yet, but it’ll be something like “Awe” or “Shock & Awe”. Or maybe even “AW!”

Dimensions wise, it’s (h)50 cm x (w) 35 cm x (d) 5 cm, or 19 1/2″ x 13 1/4″ x 2″ in British.

I’m really really pleased with the way this has turned out. A few months ago, you may remember, I bought some Japanese end paper (the sort that goes in the inside cover of hardback books) with the idea of doing something with it.

I’ve spent ages making a frame, and glueing the paper to it nice and flat using wheat starch paste. Wheat starch paste is what the pros use to put in Japanese end papers. It’ll basically last for ages, and is about the best quality stuff there is. PVAs and other cheaper glues tend to dry out in no time, which means they go yellow, and stop being sticky. You don’t want your painting falling off, now do you?

Anyway, it seemed fairly obvious to paint something contrasting on the top, and I like the humourous play of the guy being awed by the flock of cranes (I think they’re cranes. Maybe they’re swans) in the background. This is also quite unusual for me, in that I don’t usually paint figuratively (awful word, but you know what I mean). I’ve hand painted the figure in acrylic, and paid a lot of attention to detail. I didn’t project it and trace at all it this time. I cut out one of my own photos, and used it as a stencil for the outline, but the rest was completely freehand.

I think this is the start of a very good series of works. More to come.

By the way, don’t forget that I’m moving this blog shortly. RSS readers and bookmarks at the ready now. I’ll tell you when and where soon. Not long now…

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6 Responses to A New Work

  1. Sam Sayer says:

    Mike – this is amazing. I absolutely love it.

    Sam x

  2. I agree. It is! I think this is – ‘the start of a very good series of works’. I like the paper. The flat depth of field. I like the surface. Perfect composition. Poetic. Inviting narrative. Would make a beautiful book of works.

  3. BabyPowder says:

    Hey, thanks Ruth! Liking the look of your website, too. Some very nice work there.

  4. BabyPowder says:

    Sorry, for some reason, I’m am logged in as Baby Powder. Not quite sure why. I’m actually Mike (artbizness). Something I need to tweak, perhaps… 😀

  5. Grace says:

    are you selling it?? for much?

  6. BabyPowder says:

    Yup, I will be at the Urban Art Fair in Brixton.

    Haven’t decided how much yet – something in the region of £250 – £300.

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