Inside my Head

Blog 01“The Landscapes of My Mind”

60 x 80 cms

Luminance & Museum Aquarelle pencils on Canson pastel board.

We all (most of the time) think and act differently (thank goodness). We come from different backgrounds, different life experiences and different situations. I’m a product of Australia, with Poland and England thrown in for good measure. I class myself as conservative in many ways but when it comes to my creative pursuits I’m anything but. Art gives me a wonderful sense of freedom. As I get older the boundaries once set at Art School seem to be vanishing. I’m becoming radical!

I’m not really sure why I have reached this stage in my life, but I’m certainly enjoying it! For nearly 50 years I have engaged in my aim to create artworks. It’s only since I retired from full-time art teaching (almost 12 years ago) that I began to realize the value of ‘being yourself’ when it came to art.

The pressure to produce ‘sellable’ art is always there for artists who exhibit their work. You make a sale therefore you can afford a frame for your next painting. If you can afford a number of frames, there’s no guarantee of selling all of them and there’s a good chance you’ll start collecting your own artwork by default (I know).

Today’s featured drawing is the second in a series of ‘free-thinking’ artworks. I recently finished and had framed 21 drawings for my exhibition at Gallery Pejean in Launceston (Tasmania, Australia) next February. It was time for a change, something different.

BLOG Mind 01At art school I often painted abstracts but they weren’t (back then) commercially viable. What did I have to lose? My situation today is a lot different, so I thought ‘why not!’ I’m pleased with both the drawings as they were not only enjoyable to create, but they seemed to relax me and I never felt pressured to get a ‘result’. How did I do them?

BLOG Mind 02Looking at details from one’s work in greyscale often results in some interesting tonal variations.

Besides using my imagination, I went back and looked at some of my recent work that happened to have strong colours and shapes. I then chose parts at random and ‘played’ with a composition until I was happy. I wanted parts to ‘jostle’ each other as I wasn’t afraid about the rules of composition. As for the colours I made decisions as I went. The careful, thorough planning I was used to was discarded! The key to this type of work is to only concentrate on a small section at a time. Start anywhere you like, continue anywhere you like. Don’t be in a rush to finish as this type of work doesn’t need completion in one sitting (or standing).  Be patient. Be brave.

Don’t worry be happy!


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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2 Responses to Inside my Head

  1. Really interesting work Richard, I have so enjoyed watching your work become more and more abstract over the years. Please continue to release the radical inside!

    • artkleko says:

      Thanks Karen. I’ll do my best. The older I get, the more determined I am to discover my ‘inner self’, despite the general disapproval of abstraction in the cp world. 😊

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