Thursday, 27 February 2014

Q & A interview with the Palette Pages

A online artist magazine and blog have recently done a short Q & A interview with me about my current work. You can view the interview here: Palette Pages Interview with Anthony Greentree.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Painting 'The Eternal Now' Work in progress

'The Eternal Now - No.1' by Anthony Greentree
'The Eternal Now - No.1' by Anthony Greentree

I am currently in the process of creating paintings for 'The Eternal Now'. A series of 20 works I am aiming to complete for an Exhibition in October 2014. Recently I have been highly influenced by a philosopher called Alan Watts. His whole approach to life has affected me in such a way that I now am going through a process of 'unlearning' Alan Watts was an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience he regarded himself as a spiritual entertainer and that he had nothing to sell. What he wanted to do was unravel everything that we are as human beings. I could go on forever but I recommend you check him out on Youtube.

One of the subjects he covered that has fascinated me is the subject of time itself. TIme is a form of measurement, that it actually doesn't exist and yet we depend on it as part of our daily lives. What we perceive as the past and future only exists in the present or the now. It is very hard to explain this in words, infact that is the very thing that Watts goes on about, that everything is described and seen as symbols to represent the 'real'

Anthony Greentree, Artist
Me with my first complete work.
Another area that Alan Watts has led me to is the use of 'zazen' (seated meditation) which I am currently going through a process of learning. The use of meditation to connect with reality, that you don't think of any thoughts what-so-ever and that you let the sounds of the outside world become the voice of reality.

These paintings are somehow what I am trying relate to in all of these areas, about the connection with ourselves and the real world, and the Eternal Now.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Mural Mania

Walsall School improvement conference
The last few days have been very busy indeed. I had been commissioned to create 2 murals 'visual minutes'. One in Walsall for a Head teachers school improvement conference and the other one in Derby for the second installment of The Mighty Creatives ( #goodchildhood ) Cultural life of the Child, Primary Years 5-11 years.

The main objective with these murals is to capture as much of the key points and general atmosphere of the whole event as quickly as possible. On both occasions, Professional speakers and figures within the education and youth sectors were all there to contribute in an effort to grow and build on ideas for the future of children and the well being.

Life of the Child conference at the Riverside Centre, Derby
During the second mural I painted, children from a local primary school in Nottingham contributed to the mural. I asked them to paint how they saw themselves in 10 years time. There was quite a varied response, from aspiring to be an Olympic swimmer through to a Fossil hunter!

I thoroughly enjoyed both days, meeting new people and listening to their varied passions, speeches and discussions throughout the course of the day.