Sunday, 21 December 2014

Happy Solstice !


Wishing you all the best for the new year, and happy feasting which ever Holiday you celebrate.

I hope to be painting again this year, after two years of mostly graphic design and job searching. Expect more beasties :)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Ents

Been sketching Ents. And trying to see if I could transfer a sketch directly to the board, sort of works if you don't need too much detail.



Monday, 1 December 2014

Beastie

I've just spent two weeks on a "holiday" meaning I could concentrate on my personal projects exclusively. I don't feel like I've progressed that much but I suppose that's normal. I've spent a lot of time preparing my bedroom/studio, so I can paint in bigger formats, and testing mediums that will work out for this project.

I am still not happy about materials. I'm almost glad that this paper (a very expensive cardboard) doesn't work. It feels great when it comes to layering the dozens of layers of acrylics, it doesn't tear or budge. But it eats the colours. In this case it's not too bad, but the whole point of this techniques, is to achieve great depth with a lot of thin glazes. Anyway, here is the first "Beastie" in a series. I hope to achieve a dozen of them at least and possibly exhibit them around here.



I feel like things aren't going fast enough but considering I am working on two other projects, preparing documents for thematic guided tours, plus a side job and job search, it's not really surprising. 

The Winter is always quiet as most of my other jobs are linked with the "nice" season so I take this time to work on my own ideas. Obviously I am not earning any money during these months, so I am slowly getting my shop up and running. I have originals for sale on my site "www.goupil.ch" prints on deviantArt, my artbook, and a spreadshirt shop for fun articles. I have actually re-opened my Etsy shop, but I think I should move my jewellery to an European based site, like DaWanda. It makes more sense and seems easier for me. Keep an eye on this page or on my site.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Saying goodbye

I need to write a tribute to a dear friend who just left this world. Without him my art life would have been very different, so I think it's relevant that I write about him here.

Things would of course have happened at some point, I was walking this path before I met him. But he was the one who first encouraged me, and gave me direct advice and even addresses to contact to publish my work. Though this encounter a lot of things got engaged; most of all, my ten years of collaboration with the “Dragon Chronicle” journal.

Meeting him back in February 1993 was a turning point in my life. Well, that whole year was, I was also going to finish Uni that year and start the job I still have now! He was always one of my favourite artists but I never mentioned him when I talk about my influences.

1993 was also the year I became a Led Zeppelin fan, that feeling of connection, of finding what my soul needed to grow and inspiration for the road. It was only around the end of the year that I realised these events were are linked. But to be honest I'd rather it had not been so.

Barrington Coleby will always be associated with the famous Hermit painting that features in the inner sleeve of the fourth Led Zeppelin album, but just writing this makes me feel sad. I can very well imagine how I would feel if all that people wanted to know about me was some random commission I did when I was still in my twenties, and not care at all about my art as a matured adult. And to boot most won't even care about the artwork but some random idea in their minds. It's all rather fucked up, and I don't use swear words lightly.

Any time I mentioned this friendship to a Zepp fan, I got showered by demands to ask this or that and whatnot, so I just kept quiet as I didn't want all that crap to get in the way of one of the most precious friendships I had.
Then again there was a lesson in this, I learned very early on that humans in general want to be fed illusions and will not pay attention to reality around them.

I don't think I have met many people who share my strange way of life, only one other close friend does. All to pursue this thing I call the song of life. Listen to the old tunes, watch the colours and transcribe them back to pass them on. I like what Keith Richards says about this, it's like “being an antenna” funnily enough we often talked about the Stones with Barry

I am really not very good with words, so I'll just leave this here for now, and my real tribute will hopefully be the new project I've been working on for two years now, I just need to stop holding my breath and take the plunge, now is the best possible moment.

Farewell and well met my friend, I'll see you about when I cross the bridge myself.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

"Car boot sale" / Auction

At the end of the year I usually clear out a lot of stuff. I live in a decent sized flat, but after 23 years of living here (!) I would crumble under things if I didn't clear out some of it regularly. So I normally tackle one room each year and clear out everything that I don't find essential.

It also involves trashing old sketches and paintings that I don't intend to keep. I got a bit scared a while ago when my work place "inherited" the studio of a famous local artist. There were tons and tons of sketch books with practice pages etc. Stuff that I never keep, but now it all has to be inventoried!
Even though I am not quite that famous and no museum would be interested in my old sketches. I would really not want anyone to go through the pain of trashing that much junk the day I will be gone, it's a painful process and very time consuming even without having to sort things.

So this is a sort of give away / auction of stuff I would normally trash but might interest some people.


Let's start with this new painting that I did as an exercise:



Acrylics on plywood board. Size 59 X 42 cm. Of course the signature stamp isn't on the original.

Postage and packaging is 60$ or 50€ (unless you live in Switzerland, then it is 20CHF)

Post a comment or email me at dr4gonlady AT hotmail DOT com with a proposition. I'll run this until next week (26 November). The highest bidder gets it. If the bid is 0.00 it goes for P&P only.

Feel free to share this.




Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A disclaimer

OK now that this card project is slowly progressing and I am getting a lot of positive feedback let's clarify a few things:

1. At the moment this is only a fan-art project, no commercial use is planned


2. I need to slow down now and do things properly. Mostly track down every single photographer whose images I am using and ask their permission (I am doing it retrospectively for the ones I have already done and gotten negative answers, and deleted all entries and images) It was never meant to be that public, mostly just for myself and a few friends, but such things take a life of their own.


3. I'll adapt this idea to make it more of a fan art project and more fun to be honest.


4. I don't plan to ever print these for sale. Just to give you an idea it would mean A LOT of work. Asking some 56 people for the fees they'll want, calculating printing costs, creating a publishing house (for tax reasons), and probably launch a kickstarter type of campaign. It could also easily turn into a legal nightmare so I actually doubt I'll ever commercialise this. I want it to remain fun.


For now I am very pleased by the feedback I am getting, not just from fans but from almost all of the musicians I've included in this project. This is really encouraging. You never know what might come out of this idea, I'm having fun but as you can see there is a lot of work behind the art. I am spending hours looking for the right photos and trying to get permission to use them, or use creative commons images that come with said permission.


Thanks for your interest and I'll keep you posted.