think this will be my last commentary on
the project, time
move on etc etc . I wanted to make some comments on the methods
I used, techniques I learnt, problems I encountered
and so on, but as always when I really got down to it, I found
the reality to be very different from my expectations. What should I
expect, it is always like that, in life as in art, I never know how I
did it and if I learn anything I file the "learning" away
and forget where I put it. So as always. I would rather talk about
concepts than conclusions.
However, this time I will not give up without trying and I will try to
make a few (concluding) observations.
made the music and art in exactly the same way, I found an idea and
played with it, I moved it around, looked/listened and then adjusted. I
very rarely found something and stuck with my first idea, it was almost
always a long process. Looking back at the work, I can see the way that
the music and art is connected by the process.
Making or finding totally abstract things is almost impossible, that is
one thing I have learnt. Every shape seems to suggest something to
someone; I tried very hard to keep representational imagery out of the
paintings but not always very successfully. It was fascinating hearing
interpretations of my "abstract" pieces.
I have been really excited by the way that a lot of the images work any
way up or down, landscape or portrait. That was one of my objectives
and in many cases I'm pleased to see the results. I wanted to achieve a
calm sculptural balance. I think that is all I look for in an abstract
image, I want to feel that the image has it's own life or reason for
being there, quite independent of the artist and his or her intentions
Predictably, I feel just the same about music
I surprised myself with some of the music I created, a lot of it was in
styles I would not normally use or consider. Somehow or other they just
popped out and have really given me food for future thought.
am already really missing the constant creation process, it was a
amazing feeling and one I have never had before. I suppose each time I
go out to work and play my basses I am experiencing the same thing to a
certain extent, but the project meant I had to create from scratch each
week and that was unique. Last year I could for the first time, call
myself an artist !!!
Computers, modern technology and the internet made my project possible,
but I dislike all those things even more now than before I started. I
wish we could agree that none of it had ever been invented. Luddite,
am really looking forward to a more in depth approach when I get back
to work, hopefully without losing my spontaneity.
I need new projects and I will find some. I will not put myself, if at
all possible, under that kind of pressure again.
I will let you know ON THE INTERNET when I
decide what next.
You are listening to the
music from week