I have created 2 new designs for the A3 poster for the Scottish Mental Health Art Festival exhibition to be shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh later this year.
These two new draft versions were created with the Risograph printing process at Out of the Blueprint, Edinburgh in mind.
The red one is the final version that will be used after some work on the type. Oh, the tree needs to be beefed up too.
Leonardo da Vinci declared, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
I’m not sure about that but I do know that I struggle and agonize over some pieces of work and return to them sometimes several years after they were once declared finished. Most of the time my sense of completion is a purely intuitive one. I just instinctively know that it is finished and sign it off and never touch it again.
Nearly all of my paintings start with a colour, mark or line and develop from there. There is a process of adding and removing, applying and covering until a concept, composition or idea emerges, evolves and becomes complete. All well and good until doubt creeps in. The doubt may be may be rooted in a lack of self-confidence, the ability to see with objectivity, or the alluring idea that something more might make the painting better.
I finished the picture on the left in November 2017, named it Lost A Big Shoe Birdman! and showed it in my exhibition Exit From Coaltown at Summerhall, Edinburgh (November 2017 - January 2018).
However, I recently began to see it in a different light. I removed the title, the egg and added more phrases, words and marks and now, it seems to be truly finished and to me, to have a better balance and meaning, even if that meaning is quite personal.
This week I have been listening to (and painting and designing to) David Bowie, Sound + Vision Box Set, Astrakan Café by Anouar Brahem, Jungle Revolution in Dub by Congo Natty and Matthew Bourne’s Isotach. All sublime, all offer different rhythms and atmospheres.