Doesnt time fly - its been rather a long time since I last blogged!
kfsoriginals continues to develop and grow, at a reasonable pace as doing everything myself I dont want to rush anything and not be able to cope. Reading through my last blog in May 2012 I will update you on a few matters.
Photography continues to give me great art reference material and inspiration. The majority are taken on my iphone which very quickly loads up several hundred before I have to store them on the computer and let it breathe again! The edits can be done both on camera and my computer now and I particularly like some of the tints, sepia and black/white being my particular favourites. These tints are also rather handy for my pencil work rather than me having to guess. During the recent snowy days I was forever stopping the car (in a safe place) on the country lanes to take a photo or two, it was so pretty, the white cystals gently outlining the tree branches and there was some fantastic colours in the sky.
These snowy images in turn have led to another little bit of inspiration via my new IpadMini which I received at Christmas. I was aware of IpadArt but didnt really look into it until I half caught some information via a tv gaget show. I wont even dare to subject you to view my first attempt, terrible image, but I tried a few other Art Apps before settling on one which I got on with. Its still very early days as there are so many settings but the main thing is I am enjoying it rather a lot and can take it with me whenever I am out, all zipped up in its little wallet in my bag. The other advantage is its serving the pull towards scenes from The Lake District which still buzz around my head! I dont even need a WiFi connection as the information is all stored directly onto the ipad itself. If you want to try it then you may find yourself addicted before you know it, my advice is to have a look at various Apps, read the comments, download some of the free ones, play around and having lost a few, save the image on a regular basis. The work is still stored on my Ipad as yet but you can view some via my facebook page (Facebook.com/Kfsoriginals) or Instagram (search for kfsoriginals).
I was feeling the need to paint "bigger" in a similar quirky style to my ceramic work so purchased a few box canvas and some acrylic paints. The quirky animal range has sold well so I will look towards doing more. I was also taking many floral photos for glassware artwork reference so again decided to do some in acrylic. This box canvas work will only improve the images I paint on ceramic and glass I feel.
A blog from me would not be complete without a mention of music. MUSE delivered personally for me with their new album The Second Law, again a change in musical direction but I just love it, particularly played "loud" and YES, they toured and after many, many years of waiting I did indeed see them live (what a bun fight that was getting tickets!!). I couldnt get standing but only remained in my seat for all of 5 minutes - you just dont sit down at a MUSE gig thats for sure!! And to really spoil myself I am seeing them again in a few months, Stadium and Standing this time - cant wait!!! Matt Cardle continues to delight with his music and rather stunning voice, now free from the Syco chains he has produced another Top10 album, Indie No1 album The Fire (the album was co written/produced by Mr Cardle, he also played the majority of the instruments and did the backing vocals too). Take a listen via Itunes, you may be pleasantly surprised. Such a talented singer/songwriter who deserves more respect in my view. Artistic freedom is everything, I cant imagine anything worse than having it restricted in any way! Again I will be seeing him live this year, the same month as MUSE as it happens.
Sometimes images just pop into my head. I was listening to a track from The Fire called Water - its a song about loss and the pain associated with it when someone leaves this world for good. The production is not what I expected at all, its very subtle indeed and my goodness me was rather jaw dropping when I heard it live. The guardian angel which entered my head refused to leave until I literally sketched her out and I am now in the process of developing the whole scene via IpadArt. Its a bit personal so I havent published any of it yet.
Ok so thats enough of my ramblings for now. I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts.
Web site under development www.kfsoriginals.co.uk
PS I cant preview this due to computer issues so will go straight to publish - forgive any errors please