Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Self Portrait for competition

Anthony Greentree. Acrylic on canvas 50 x 60cm
I am halfway through my theme of paintings for 'The Eternal Now' The next piece has a dual purpose, mainly because I am entering the Sky Arts Portrait competition. The entry requirement is to produce a self portrait. So over the Easter weekend I set up a mirror in my little studio and gradually produced the portrait.

small photo of the set up for the Self portrait.
I have to say this was one of my toughest challenges so far. I think mainly because I set a little pressure on myself to try and get it right. I went though a lot of frustration and doubt to get there, as there were some moments I looked at it and questioned the way it was working. But eventually I have come up with what I feel represents something that I is in keeping with my approach to painting at this moment in time. (if that makes any sense!)

The self portrait is also part of the themed collection of paintings I am producing and also a slight change in the way I am portraying the subjects and composition.

I will be over the moon even if I only manage to make it to the heat stages, but art is a very subjective thing so who knows! :}>
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Monday, 7 April 2014

Paintings for 'The Eternal Now' update

Painting no.9 for 'The Eternal Now', by Anthony Greentree
I have just completed painting no.9 for 'The Eternal Now' theme I am currently working on. There are 11 more subjects to paint. Each painting so far has it's own feel and approach especially when exploring the idea of background and subject. 

The palette seems to change for each one to compliment the composition and imagined experience. I am trying to emulate the relationship of the self and wider universe we are all part of. Using the influences of Philosopher Alan Watts and his Teachings of Zen Buddhism has so far been a revelation and fascinating journey which I am now adapting and learning in my own life.

The Exhibition in October is when I can hopefully show all 20 paintings that I have worked on. They are all of varying sizes and I am really looking forward to seeing them all together in one place. I will have more details of it in the next few months. 

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Mural prep at Chaucer School

Work is now underway with the second school mural. This time it is at Chaucer School in Derbyshire. The school children gladly helped me in preparing the wall ready for painting the design on monday. The design for the wall is based off a competition at the school to come up with a target area for ball games during their playtime.

I will then have to redraw it based off the winning design so that it adapts to the dimensions of the wall. Again the children at the school will also help me paint the mural so watch this space ...