It's On The Easel And Creating Problems.

It  2015
Oil on canvas
Jane Pearrett

Art does not have to follow conventions of  beauty...I keep telling myself this when I look at this developing work. This oil painting has come from a doodle I did in pencil. I don't often paint figurative images and this is a figure of some kind but it has come straight out of my imagination. It has been hard to make the transfer from the little pencil drawing to the painting and to capture the original design; the curved lines presented many problems with oil paint which can prove difficult to achieve a spontaneous looking, curved, unbroken line.

I'm still working on this piece and have since changed the design of the head and features but I'm still not happy with it and perhaps I never will be. This has led me to ponder how other artists feel about their work as they 'give birth' to it. I have to say that most people that love their own work seem to be just convincing their egos. I rarely look at a piece of mine without thinking that I could have done better. Picasso, by the time he painted his acrobat, was probably brimming with confidence. However you can see if you look closely the many reworking of lines underneath the paint.

I used Picasso's Blue Acrobat as inspiration for the colour. I like the simplicity of the two colours but I would have done well to also use charcoal for the outline as you see below, which is really a coloured-in line drawing. This would have made the whole thing much easier. It is now obvious, in hindsight, why Picasso used charcoal and oil for this hopefully a lesson is learnt.

Comparing the colour of the two pieces is difficult here because my photograph came out too pink and the reproduction below is a bit too yellow.

The Blue Acrobat 1929

By the way I'm not trying to make work like Picasso, that would just be foolish. However, I like the freedom he displayed in his work.

I will post the finished work probably, at a later date, warts and all!

Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years

Now for some ageing contemporary does that work and what should it be called when it gets old?

Mmm...anyway, over the recent Bank Holiday we went to one of our local galleries on the Prince of Wales Road, Camden, to visit the Zabludowicz Collection. Housed in an old Chapel and with a small shop and cafe, it's quite an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. We decided to do this and then the shopping, a bit of an odd combo I know.

We've enjoyed various shows at this venue but this new exhibition is a celebration of 20 year's worth of collecting by Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, a display of their ongoing passion for contemporary art. Starting in the 1990s, emerging London based artists were their main focus but also the pioneering international influences on these particular artists were also collected, see piece by Sigmar Polke below.

Gouache on paper 2003

What's on offer is quite varied. You can immerse yourself in more recent mixed-media installations such as this one by American artist Samara Golden called Bad Brains from 2012...I could have spent hours in there with the ambient sound of water and the film of the swimming pool.

Or marvel at Keith Tyson's huge work...I was impressed with the excellent build quality of this piece.

Hexell Continuum Crawler: A tissue between discovery and invention 
Mixed Media (21 cells) 2003

Some of the work now seems a little dated; for example Gillian Waring's Dancing in Peckham video from 1994, but Sarah Lucas's Spamaggedon is still funny and unnerving, powerfully pushing all my buttons.

Chair, tights, kapok, spam cans, helmets

Here's where we went afterwards...where you can buy Spam if you want.

On until 16 August

Lazlo Moholy-Nagy: A 19

What I love about this work of art?

1.The way the coloured layers depict light and transparency
2.Totally geometric/abstract qualities
3.Even the title is abstract
4.Elemental use of colour and space
5.Liberation from representation

Oil on canvas 80 x 96 cm 1927

Collage: Does it Swing? (THIS PIECE IS NOW SOLD)

Jane Pearrett 2015
Does it Swing?
A3 paper collage
Vintage text, gouache and graphite