Moving Swiftly On…

A new series for your viewing pleasure.

As I sit here preparing for a night in with a lovely drink and not much else to do for the weekend I realise I’m feeling really wonderful. I’m typing this post to be scheduled for 1st August 2020 and everything feels rather sweet. I’ve two new works available as Stand Yur Ground Neutralize Nepotism Today! and You’re Strong Be Warned which I finished in July 2020.

It’s da club where you cut your teeth.

I create two new works each month and these have developed on from previous projects. My art practice works this way. I create at least two new finished works is the result of this method. As I have to create two works and not one new work I engage with my processes and techniques differently. If I were to create just one work then I might dither, fuss about, get distracted etc. and so because I have to create two works together I gain a difference level of momentum which generates better foundations for the works that follow the month after. As well as this aspect to my routine art practice I develop long term projects. It feels fantastic after all the trouble shooting I’ve had to do to get into the routine of creating finished works that I can ground the rest of what I’m doing on.

Then after months of gorgeous sunny weather, a true emblem of the winter months, a rainbow formed outside my window. God they’re stunning. They’re so vibrant and they illuminate in a way that I can barely understand. It’s like they’re radiating coloured energy. They look powerful to me. Whilst the #Coronabolona pandemic was droning on I actually did a little bit of personal investigation for the sake of my art practice. I’ve been fascinated with rainbows for years as you can see here in an older Album. It was great I simply looked at how rainbows seemed to be forming from my understanding compared with what I know in a scientific sense and these were the results.

Rainbows experiments in 2020.

Of course I’m also fascinated with nature and so organic materials like flowers for example are a study focus. Flowers display colours and are perceived differently by different animals which is because of the way light behaves. I often study inorganic materials as well which have formed naturally on earth. I took a quick stroll through the park on the way home and manged to snap these today.

These are er… Flowers of the flora variety!

Finally if you have time I would love it if you could have a look at my #lifestyleblog which is called The Labour Is The Maker and let me know what you think. Its title is based on a poem I wrote in February 2019 just before I moved home. I write the blog on a personal basis because I’ve received so much help from the work of others in managing my life in both its ups and downs. I found that information for free and I wanted to do the same for others but I simply wasn’t in a position to do so. That’s how I am by nature. I’m really quite annoying with the advantage point tit bits for getting on in life. Maybe it’s my background.

‘The Labour Is The Maker,’ Poem, 2020.

We Made It.

Thank you for visiting my blog for this month’s post posted as always on the 1st of each month. I’m currently moving each of my separate sites back to this website. I’ve enjoyed other services online but I might have spread myself a bit thin and whilst it definitely had it’s benefits it was surplus to requirements.

I will continue updating and posting trough Patreon. My Folksy Store is back up and running and I’m really happy with it. Please take to the time to have a look around.

Terrible Trouble

It’s 1st June. I’m fairly certain, and don’t quote me on this, that it’s now British Summer Time. Check your paper diary and see what it says. There are four seasons in the year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn. That gives us a whopping three months for every season, it’s wonderful! We get to see the entire world change every three months, over and over forever! You wouldn’t believe what the Victorians of Great Britain were like, they thought they could bulldoze the landscape and refashion it to their every whim. They found out that at best they can do some gardening and don’t mess with a river. I mean it’s common sense really don’t you think?

Of course there were exceptions. Many landscapers created beautiful gardens that are still in tact today. They created public parks which couldn’t be taken away from the community which are still here today.

I’m from Cardiff. I was born there in the 80’s and grew up there. Like most people from Cardiff I was absolutely fascinated with my home. There seemed to be something magical about the entire city that as a child I didn’t realise was unique to Cardiff.

Cardiff is the capitol of Wales but it hasn’t always been. In fact Cardiff has only been a city for just over a hundred years. To constitute a city you need to have at least one cathedral, which in Cardiff is Llandaff cathedral. Before that point Cardiff was the centre of the Welsh coal mining industry as well as other raw materials. Coal extracted from the coal seams found deep in the Welsh Valleys of Rhondda Cynon Taff was sent to Cardiff and exported around the world. Other ports such as Barry attempted to compete but only came second. Cardiff was made a city in 1905.

The 3rd Marquess of Bute, John Crichton Stuart, helped to develop the industry of Cardiff. The Butes were a wealthy Scottish family. John Stuart rebuilt Cardiff Castle which were Roman ruins at that point. He worked across different systems of business, design, science, faith, and belief to manage the economy of Cardiff. Formerly Cardiff had been a busy region of farms, villages, and a port. Cardiff would have been an ancient region with complex social relationships with other areas of Wales and the wider community of Great Britain. Trade is a very old system of business which works within society and culture as the life blood of their community. It’s essential to the management of a community and the country’s hierarchy.

The 3rd Marquess of Bute died in 1900. At this point Cardiff would have functioned as an international trade centre of a valuable resource essential to global society and world infrastructure. ‘The end is nigh’ would have been on every front newspaper for all sorts of reasons: It’s the turn of the century, the Church isn’t scientific, the abolishment of slavery, colonialism was running out of steam, and the powers that be would have had a good whiff of something called workers rights. Those incredible combustion chambers at the front carriage of a steam train would have needed an enormous amount of coal to function. Perhaps new technology was on the horizon?

World War One broke out in 1914 and lasted for four years which isn’t very long in war waging terms. It would have been fought on horse back and I haven’t seen photographic material of World War One. Only paintings. World War Two was essentially documented like much of the colonial enterprises at that point in time. ‘The port’s coal trade fell off dramatically after 1918 and ceased altogether in 1963,’ (Britannica, 2020) The entire industry and infrastructure of the region would have been decimated within a few decades. The 3rd Marquess of Bute was survived by four children who had died by the end of the fifties. A very important business, trade, and natural resource centre was essentially wiped off the map. It would have been methodical, and it’s written into the history books that the coal was then acquired from other countries such as China for less money and where there were fewer workers rights.

Cardiff today is a thriving, bustling, healthy economy. An important cultural and historical trade centre with international and global influence. I was educated there, I grew up there, and I am who I am because I was born there. It’s the reason I’m an artist.

I have two new works up on my portfolio. These two projects were an entire month in the making. I did preliminary drawings which I then lost and I was documenting the impact of Coronavirus on the local community. I also had to take a break again in a way and just let the impact of the last three months simmer down. I usually undertake a daily observational art study, I also blog several times through out the week, I like to capture fresh ideas and pin them to my social media profiles as soon as humanly possible. I feel like I’ve dropped the ball in a way.

Please do visit my portfolio and I would love to know what you think.