|'Something Afoot' mixed media Bee Skelton|
In my last blog post, those of you polite/desperate/drunk enough to read it, will have noted that I've decided I'm too old/stubborn to follow my old art school tutor's advice to adhere to a particular genre in my work. I now don't give a toss, and I am gloriously indulging myself in whatever takes my fancy with a complete lack of guilt.
I still absolutely adore working to commission; oil portraits of people, pets, landscapes, favourite places and houses etc etc., inspired by client photos and personal insights. But inbetween I change gear completely letting intuition and imagination take over.
It's liberating to begin with a blank canvas, with hardly a clue what I'm going to do. I use mixed media, usually beginning with a rough wash with acrylic to kill the whiteness of the canvas, and then things start to happen with scraps of painted papers, acrylic/oil paint, coloured inks, soft pastel, oil pastel, graphite, charcoal etc etc. Often finished with a lush glossy textured finish to pull it all together!
With the piece above 'Something Afoot' it ought to have a sub-title (Before HS2) I had local environmental issues on my mind, which very soon took control of the subject. My muse, Jennifer, will probably remember during our past collaborations, how disgruntled I was about the High Speed Rail project, which is going to destroy so much of the rural landscape where I live. With construction work imminent this picture is my homage to how my country dog-walking feels at the moment. It is not a literal representation of a particular piece of the landscape, or wildflower meadow. It's how I feel about it inside. And the lack of careful thought that has gone into considering the distruction about to take place.
OK that's me done venting for today. I don't expect what I have to say will be read by anyone who can make a difference. But I feel better ......I think.