Tuesday, March 29, 2011


...of news today! I've been painting a picture called I Feel Nothing Nothing Nothing (I think that's the right number of nothing's) The photo is too bad to show but I managed the underpainting in one day which cheered me up. Yesterday's portrait was inaccurate AGAIN. I've painted the thing about four times now. Still, perfection must be insisted on and my Kate Bush portrait took seven redraws before I obtained a likeness.


That was the result of my first try at collography. I took a rectangle of card, then stuck some masking tape to it to add texture. Then I rubbed thin oil paint onto it, and wiped most off again with newspaper. Then I took some watercolour paper that had been soaked to make it squishy. Then passed it and the oily plate through some rollers (actually a Cuttlebug). And, voila! A print! Thanks to Sue for showing me the process. I like this. You can add any sort of texture to the plate; string, papier mache, moulding paste, feathers, leaves, anything.

Finally my painting has been chosen for the poster for the 2011 open exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum! I entered the painting into the competition two years ago. The museum's art director liked it and aksed me to donate it to their permanent collection, so I did.

The delivery days for the 2011 competition are this Friday and Saturday. Entry details are here.


Robin said...

Congratulations on the poster and museum addition! And your new work is so interesting, I am sure the portrait will turn out incredible.

hw (hallie) farber said...

You should be feeling something, something, something since your painting was chosen for the poster!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Congratulations, Mark- that's wonderful news!