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I'm a full time artist living and working in West Yorkshire, UK.
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I know exactly what you mean Jane about the etiquette of the life room, we all play our clearly defined roles with the boundaries although unspoken well defined. Thursday was distinctly odd which with my generous hat on I would say suffered from an excess of enthusiasm as we were surveyed and unnecessarily encouraged, all a bit disconcerting. With my Angry hat on I found the experience annoying and to be honest more than a bit uncomfortable, it was also confusing and to be honest in retrospect I wish I'd been a bit more forceful reminding our visitor that people are working and require to be left alone. Rest assured we'll make sure there is no repeat performance! I would like to say my drawing suffered due to circumstances but to be honest I think it was just poor, I was tired with my mind elsewhere.
CHRIS - A young woman with a prematurely arthritic right knee daydreams contendedly whilst a zeppelin explodes just above her head. The plan was to make use of the time to depict model and studio environment as a whole entity.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at tomwoodartist
Lynn Lee by Jane The life room at Redbrick is an exceptional space. I go to other life drawing groups which offer different challenges like the thirty, one-minute poses, or the four short poses, but the Redbrick experience is unique.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at tomwoodartist
Joseph by Stephen I just love working from Joseph, I know it might seem a little unfair to say that but there is a good reason to voice it out loud and it comes down to one word......STRUCTURE. When a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thanks Russell for a thoughtful reply, I suppose my enthusiasm did run away but just like the Freud retrospective, I suspect Auerbach will be confirmed as the major artist I'm convinced he is. The press will use the thick paint as the hook to hang their opinions on but the point I'm making rather ineptly is that the paint is only part of the story. The process, the belief and the commitment are all equally important. Auerbach is also a rare link to an earlier world of art, an inter-War world inhabited by Bomberg, Lewis, Nash, Spencer and all the way back to Sickert. In Auerbach we see the last residues of those values associated with early Modernism, the values allied to intensive study, direct connection to the motif and the primacy of paint, all things that still thankfully linger in the life room.
Siobhan by Russell THE FAINTEST WHIFF OF BULLSHIT by Russell Lumb It is very rare that I disagree with Tom, and right now, having re-read the piece on Frank Auerbach, I think that I fail to understand rather than disagree.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Nikki by Sue “All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.” John Ruskin from The Elements of Drawing Paintings and drawings by Hadyn, Ian, Jane, Mati, Patrick, Roger, Sandra, Tom, Tony and featured artist Sue Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Frank Auerbach Reclining Head of Julia, 2011 indian ink on paper 57.8 x 75.6 cm "To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Fiona by Russell BATTER TOGETHER by Russell Lumb There are countless dreadful things happening around the world which really deserve our attention, but I feel obliged to take this, possibly final opportunity to comment before the impending Scottish Independence Referendum.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Mike by Frank "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. Its about learning how to dance in the rain" (Vivian Greene) The above quotation caught my eye on a card in the gift shop of Manchester Art Gallery... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Helen by Roger what becomes of all the little boys, who run away from home, well the world just keeps gettin' bigger, once you get out on your own, so here's to all the little boys, the sandman takes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Steven's Palette I’m sure we all have dreams, as I do, where logic and belief are suspended, reality is inverted and familiar scenarios and situations become nonsensical yet at the same time totally believable and not at all strange. Well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Lynn Lee by Roger H In the final analysis, a drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly the imaginary lines of projection meet higher... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thursday 31st July Lynlee Saturday 2nd August Joseph Thursday 7th August Helen Thursday 14th August Mike Thursday 21st August Fiona Thursday 28th August Jaz Thursday 4th September Kus Saturday 6th September Siobhan Thursday 11th September Joseph Thursday 18th September Lynlee... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Miss Glister Goes to China I've just spent five days in the Batley equivalent of a North American Indian Sweat Lodge. Along with the sweat came the hallucinations,visions from the deepest recesses of a stubborn subconscious rising like mercury in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Jannine by Patrick At the beginning of this year I moved into a temporary studio in Dewsbury, my first dedicated workspace for art. I already have a studio for music production so this new one felt like quite a self... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Kay by Ian There was a lovely period for drawing when the Kitchen Sink fifties slid into the Pop Sixties, the rules were changing but nobody had quite pinned them down yet. Hockney's early drawings from that period, have that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Le Grand Depart Redbrick Style Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. Grant Petersen Paintings and Drawings by Anne, Gerry, Jackie, Russell, Sue D-Y and Tom Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thanks Russell - a fine posting, for the writing alone I think you should be awarded the yellow jersey! I know that competitions and timing are very much on your mind at the moment, however despite the constraints, I thought your painting of Steve was excellent bringing a fresh view to something so familiar. The colour is bright and optimistic, the marks confident and accurate, all of it coming together with great energy and obvious enjoyment. I hope you have a good day in Edinburgh and if the work is anything like this painting of Steve, I'm sure the judges are bound to be impressed. I know everyone at Redbrick Mill will have their fingers crossed and like me will be hoping you triumph! Vive le Batley, Vive le Yorkshire !!!!
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2014 on Life Drawing Thursday 3 July 2014 at tomwoodartist
Steve by Russell (detail) ALLEZ OOP by Russell Lumb It was impossible to avoid the build-up to the big cycle race this week; notices of road closures and anticipated delays are everywhere, and the landscape is peppered with bright points... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at tomwoodartist
I posted this article after Patrick sent it to me, saying I might find it interesting and I did. I think Russell's comment is true, technology does play a part and the sheer quantity of 'stuff' these days does seem to have a dilution effect. The other factor is speed, there seems to be an urgency in the making of art which I don't remember many years ago and with the advent of technology in all it's forms it's easier to be quicker and produce more. I think Jerry Saltz's comment's on the art world are true, much of the stuff produced is just commodity which will enhance an interior for a year or two and then be 'cashed in' or discarded, it's worth really is only as bland decoration. The lesson I learn from the article is to look harder at work, especially my own, to slow down and to think hard as to what I exactly mean by 'Art'. Whilst I think it's good to have many techniques at your disposal, effects for effects sake is probably not a path worth travelling although sometimes the struggle to capture elusive qualities and thoughts might take you down unfamiliar routes which might feel like initially superficial. I suppose we learn by doing and in theory nothing really should be off the agenda in the initial stages at least.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2014 on ZOMBIES ON THE WALLS at tomwoodartist
Thanks Dick, you make a good point about the slippery nature of perception and the need to look again and re-consider what might be first impressions. I always find I get a version of snow blindness after awhile and I just don't see the work anymore. The perceptive amongst you will notice I always go for my camera at about 8.40pm and there is a reason, it means I have to stand up and walk away, simultaneously taking the opportunity to see what others are doing. Invariably when I see my work from another angle and with the model, I can see what needs correcting and because there is very little time I have to work quickly and intuitively. Almost invariably the work improves from this last minute intervention. I enjoyed drawing Nikki, what at first appears straight forward, is a bit more complex and taking a second look is essential. I'm also intrigued by Sue's new process, I hope she persists as I'm sure there is a lot more to discover especially when maybe adding more layers and maybe incorporating some drawing. Thanks again Dick, you've got me thinking.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2014 on Life Drawing Thursday 26 June 2014 at tomwoodartist
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at tomwoodartist