It started with an Action Sampler I bought 12 years ago. A little camera that captures sequential photos on good old fashioned film. I'm a sucker for film, as an art student I learnt to process and print my own photos and I thought that one day I would become a photographer. However I never had the patience to swot up on the technicalities of studio photography and preferred taking photos that capture a great composition, feeling or moment. My Action Sampler was very hit and miss and like a lot of my photography a complete experiment, but it's fun - I love sending off a film, waiting (these days anything between a day and 10 days) and then opening the packet to a pile of prints that are all either hits or misses and I think I get a lot of photos that other people wouldn't even try taking. I like the complementary nature of film - digital can be quite hard and sometimes show to much detail for my liking and so the softness of film can go down a treat. I only really own film cameras (including a Fisheye one) and have spent 2 years lusting after a Lomo - I can't get the one I want cheaply enough for my budget. However, now I have something that's the best of both worlds, a new app for my iphone that cost less than £2! Hipstamatic gives me film, lens and flash choices. I have become obsessed with the 1969 film and it's Lomo-like vignette and slightly out-of-date film look. The other advantage of it is that it's totally instant - I could upload the photos direct to the internet if I wanted, however I thought I would layer up the effects and put some of them through iphoto as well. Hope that you like them!
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
I recently stumbled upon the website of a land artist JimDenevan http://www.jimdenevan.com/news.htm and I was astounded by the scale and ambition this artist has. Not only is the scale of his work enormous and hugely ambitious but it's also perfectly executed. Who could imag
ine a piece of art 9 miles wide and visible on google maps. This man is creating beautiful patterns in nature but then utilising modern technology to document it. eventually the work is taken away by nature too and so Jim is using the technology of his time to create something that will only truly exist in his time - it's all temporary.
This reminded me of another artist that I found inspirational when I was younger - Andy Goldsworthy. http://www.rwc.uc.edu/artcomm/web/w2005_2006/maria_Goldsworthy/biography.html
Andy is a British land artist and sculptor. He is known for going for walks in nature and creating temporary pieces of art that over time would become a part of nature again too. From wrapping stones in rivers with leaves to sculpting ice and snow and building stone arches he makes the sculpture and photographs it before it disappears again. The end result is then not something that can be kept and owned and so the art is transient: it changes along with nature, it is a part of nature and it doesn't interfere with nature - it's harmonious.
Part of the idea behind Andy's art is the process of making it. I too am interested in the process of making my paintings. The end result is a product of the interaction the artist has with their materials and the manipulation that the artist gives to them in order to get to the end result. Whatever the materials they will perform as much as the artist wants them to but eventually whether the materials are man made or natural, they will still behave in a certain way. Andy has no control over the natural cycle - decomposition, rivers washing leaves away, sun melting ice and I like to play with the limits to which I control the materials that I use. Part of my enjoyment in it is to let the paint do unexpected things, I can control it to a degree but the paint for me is the main feature of the painting and so I like to let it wrap around the canvas in layers skins and textures of paint.
So please have a look at these two artists, I love nature and art and the two together I think are awe inspiring.
Monday, 5 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
More good news! I applied last week to get a Wotart listing and today found out that my application was successful. I have uploaded some new images to the online gallery there follow this link:
There are a few paintings on the portfolio there that aren't on my website and so this listing is a little different again.
Wotart is a free online directory for fine artists and fine art photographers they say the following:
WOTARTIST is a free art resource run by professional and practising artists and conceived to streamline the connection between artist and audience. Designed with ease-of-use foremost as a consideration, Wotartist's raison d'être is to bring the best artists currently exhibiting on the internet from search engine obscurity and hopefully to enjoy greater exposure. Wotartist's interface was born of the desire to democratise the exposure of artists' sites and to ensure that all the artists listed could be viewed in under 3 minutes
So here's to greater exposure!
Friday, 2 July 2010
I am an artist who makes abstract paintings, I am aiming to use my blog to compliment my painting and as an outlet for a collection of things that I find inspiring and interesting and to show other artistic avenues such as photography and printmaking. I aim to make a distinction between the content of the blog and the website and to exhibit and post different items on each.
My website is www.trudiemoore.co.uk and this is my main painting site. This week I also applied and was accepted onto Made in Leicestershirehttp://www.madeinleicestershire.org.uk/artists/artist/556/0/trudie/ and in the past I have been on Axis arts and hope to re-start this membership. I am planning to link all of these websites together and to put links onto my main website.
Over the years I have sold many paintings and done a lot of personal commissions and also a couple of commercial projects. I have been involved with private and open exhibitions and art fairs. As an artist it's really hard to promote yourself and to find the right buyers and so everything I do I try to target what I think is the relevant audience for my work.\
I hope that you will enjoy the content of my blog and that you will link in to my website and have a look at the portfolio of work that I have on there, maybe even browse in the shop?