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It’s been a while since I last blogged, so I thought it was about time that I broke my blog-fast, so-to-speak and posted an update at the very least.
So I sit here at the end of a long days painting, trying to concentrate on writing while the kids watch a program on the blues on the t.v. in the background. It’s proving… interesting.
Well a few things have happened since I last wrote.
Firstly, I finally got a website nailed together and got it launched on the web. May God bless it and all who surf on it! You can find the new site here by the way: http://www.iangoldsmith-artist.com
Secondly, I’m exhibiting three paintings at a local Summer Open at a gallery near me on the south coast (Gallery North, Hailsham).
Thirdly… well because of the above website and show I haven’t got a lot of painting done. However the creative drought is over and I’m making progress at long last on a new project.
The problem with taking a break though, is coming back to work and being out of practice! I’m still struggling with colour mixing and painting construction. I’m making progress, but still struggling. In fact the initial stages of the current work were so frustrating that I must confess at least one brush got thrown down in tooth grinding, angry, blue word muttering frustration!
G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs”. Now Chesterton was a great novelist and apologist (a kind of theologian), but he was no artist, or he’d know that artist ability and temperament usually go hand in hand.
Take the stellar Vincent van Gogh for instance. He was no amateur, but his temperament is legendary (as was his friend Gaugin’s). And it’s a comfort to know that even the great Vincent van Gogh must have faced similar brush throwing tantrums, frustrations and feelings of inadequacy, as he’s quoted as saying
As a painter I shall never signify anything of importance. I feel it absolutely.
What a heart wrenching critique of his work that is. Van Gogh was a class apart from many so called artists. He was misunderstood, passionate, devout (was a trainee pastor and missionary at the beginning of his career), original, troubled and skint! But when I read that quote, and even now as I think about it, it brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes.
If someone as innately gifted as Vincent could feel that inadequate and full of self doubt, we should all take heart and be encouraged. After all his work is among the most sort after on the planet. He is hailed as a visionary of his time and a monument to genius in the history of art! Even those who don’t like him, wouldn’t turn down one of his paintings.
So next time you’re feeling like giving up, read Vincent’s words and be encouraged. I love that troubled Dutchman and few paintings have entranced me the way his work has. The colours may be a little less vibrant today than when they were once fresh but if you get a chance to get nose to canvas with his work at the National Gallery in London, or any where else, then seize it!
Anyway, here is a section of my current work:
This a section of the face, more… detailed.
I’ll post more as it gets completed, but you might have to get it bit by bit.