Florrie with fox mask and other menagerie
Lock-down 1 arrived suddenly and severed a series of demonstrations that I had commenced for a local art group. In order to bring the work to a satisfactory conclusion and as a means of trying something new I completed one of the works and made a video recording of the process. It was great fun and involved learning about time-lapse photography and the assembly of a video. I even managed to add a bit of background music. I put the work up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRzs6KlFsY8
It was great fun to do but was time consuming and the number of viewings reveals that I’m not likely to make a career out of art videos any time soon!
During the middle of the Lockdown phase 1 we found ourselves with our pregnant daughter and our three year old granddaughter staying with us for several weeks whilst we all ‘sheltered.’ Entertaining a lively three-year-old led to the exploration of papier mâché as a sculptural medium.
The Barton-Mains atelier produced some notable works that can be seen in the photograph. Florrie and I are awaiting offers from a Gallery. Incidentally, my assistant adopted the unusual fashion of wearing a pair of her knickers as studio headgear. The origin of this habit remains a mystery. She certainly didn’t acquire it from me although I remain profoundly impressed by both her early artistic endeavours and somewhat sartorial eccentricities!
The winter brought snow and cold weather – an unusual event in this part of Fife since we are adjacent to the Firth of Forth. This produced some stunning landscapes and the opportunity for a few quick paintings.