The images I'm producing now are made by 'unconventional' methods. With old silvered crisp packet interiors, waxed cheese wrapping paper, very thin disposable vegetable bags and cocktail sticks. I know......but it works for me at the moment. I cut and tear stencils, pieces of card, and use them to limit the amount of paint reaching the paper. I use a mixture of Acrylic, oil pastels and charcoal, the acrylic and oil pastel being applied to the wax paper and silvered inners before the creative process takes hold.
Now here is the thing....the most important thing that I've worked out about the creation of these pieces, and you could transfer it to other parts of your creative life and that is...TURN OFF YOUR INNER CRITIC
Each piece is a learning exercise, experiment with a stack of cheap paper, I had tonnes of wrap' used when we moved house, try with any paint, crayon or medium you have at hand but the most important thing is to treat the whole thing as a learning experience. I've lit many a fire with the ones that aren't quite right but each piece was invaluable on this upward curve. Make mental notes of how each piece worked for you and keep putting those into practice, you may only have an audience of yourself to view your work but give yourself a pat on the back, you're involved in a creative process.........
For those who don't know me I'm a European, heart still in France, body in Scotland and head in the clouds and more famous as being behind maxblackphotos.com that repository of the outer reaches of photographic normality that has been home for a lot of the ways in which I look at things through a camera. Hey I used a camera because I considered my stabs at art to be more murderous than equable...but after a start at linocutting, then Gel printing passing through using old disposable shopping bags and torn paper with added slapping sploshing and despair I started to get somewhere. And so in this moment in time, C-19 on the cusp of bad deal Brexit, the stockpiling of toilet rolls?? political maps rewritten the climate saying' I for one have had enough...' well here is something that wont change anything but it is the next stage of how I see things...not giving up on the photography as a lot is planned for the coming year
So after wasting reams of paper I'm now closer to getting on paper what is rattling around in my head, as with the photography, it may scare the horses, make grown women cry and cause men say 'WHAT'?????? But it's all mine.....
In these dark times let this be your fireside cup of cocoa with added digestive biscuits. It may skirt the edges of real art but I'll get there but who knows when???? Art from the edge of the Galloway Forest in downtown Ayrshire.