In September I will be an artist in Residence at Preston Bus Station with Derelict Art of the City. So between now and then the goal is to draw and paint 50 small A5 images, to explore Preston in preparation for my time there.
These Two posted here of the same set of buildings behind the Harris Museum represent the first two images I am making in preparing for the project.
1st – 4th September
Joseph Travis – A New Perspective
Join Joseph Travis in a journey recording Preston through a forest of drawings made by himself and members of the public. Aiming to show that anyone can draw, Joseph invites you to reimagine a Preston skyline of the past, present and future.
Joseph is a Lancashire artist working across a variety of media.
For me 2020 was a dumpster fire from the start my Grandma who taught me to bake and paint passed away in the January, I got furloughed, I quit my day job so I could be around for my amazing sons. This year I plan on taking my work and business to new heights! I have been doing that the last few months by becoming one of James Victore’s Creative Warriors. This program has really got me fired up about the journey ahead, I’ve got the webshop here on the pottery up and running and my painting has come on leaps and bounds recently and I’m really excited about that!
So back to how I am going to make 2021 an amazing year, rather than wallow in my grief I decided to do something positive! So I went back and redrew and repainted the Ice Cream shop in Fleetwood that was the as piece I had painted before she passed away. I So this piece is so much better than the previous version I decided to make some prints. 101 to be exact. I have 100 A3 prints and a single absolutely massive A1 print. The A1 print is so big it filled my entire desk and had to be taped to a piece of cardboard as the largest panel I have for putting my paintings on is A2.
So how this works. You hop over to my etsy store, when you buy an A3 print I take a standard print as shown above, I grab my posca markers and my watercolours and I extend the image, make alterations, and take what is already an amazing quality print and I make it unique!
A3 prints: http://tiny.cc/fleetwoodicecream A1 print: http://tiny.cc/GiantIceCreamShop Just Giving to donate money to Trinity Hospice: http://tiny.cc/JGPaintingAwayWinterBlues
For the last year I have been experimenting with firing inside a saggar inside my electric kiln. From the start I have to say anything fired in this method I wouldn’t sell as food safe and to make certain of that I don’t make functional ware with this method, just things that are purely sculptural, albeit quite small sculptures.
So what’s a saggar and what does it do?
A saggar is a sacrificial pot that was originally used in industry to keep ceramic glaze free from ash during the firings, especially with coal as this can make the wares quite dirty. Unlike industry I use my saggars in reverse, I fill them with combustible materials and the pottery so then I can get different affects as the ash combines with the glaze or the ceramic body itself.
This makes a reduction inside the saggar chamber itself which strips oxygen from the clay body which makes the clay itself change colour. This sort of atmosphere is damaging to the electric elements in an electric kiln and the saggar protects the kiln from damage
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
– Jake Parker
So I decided yesterday that I would do Inktober again this year. Inktober is a challenge created by Jake Parker to try and improve drawing skills with a focus on doing an ink drawing every day in October.
Last year I did a still life every day based with an improvised tool, including some dip pens I made out of clay that had varying success. I really enjoyed making and finding different tools and even made a few brushes out of various material including my own beard.
This year I am playing with ink and bleach. The beach is mixed with water and added to the ink drawing to create different effects. It is something I did in art school which was really fun and random.
The ink in question is black Quink by Parker as it easily bleaches the colour out, the only thing is it is much more blue than I remember. The card is like cereal packet card but without anything printed on it so glossy on one side and grey on the other.
Probably limit myself to something like skulls for ease of a theme.
With my work I decided some time again that I wanted to make playful work especially as we has limited time, so why make something serious and stagnant.
It’s about make pots that contain energy and liveliness, which can be difficult in a medium that becomes “set in stone”. I can’t just hand a customer a soft clay pot and touch the fresh clay and let them feel how alive it is, and how the slightest movement can change its form, but I want to leave that impression that it was touched with hands and not just mass made to “perfection” as it were.
So last year I started looking at ways I could play with the imagery of pottery. I started looking at ways I could transpose this idea of playfulness onto my photography and presenting my work but just on a white background.
I really want to play with imagery some more. I have some weirder ideas in my mind that involve models but they require props I don’t have either so won’t be happening anytime soon. Though I do want to make food to especially photograph on some pieces.
Just wish I had a bit more time to fit everything I want to do in, things are a bit limited due to the day job, but it is what it is.