I've decided to look back... at the artwork I produced... back to my early teens and onwards. I've kept most of my "approved" work (or mum has it) in portfolios or framed. After my first job came to an end I was unemployed for a little bit between jobs, and during that time I joined the local art society and went out on paint days with them to various local properties, and entered my work in shows. I wasn't very successful; my art really didn't fit in with the traditionalists.
When I've looked back in the past I've thought it was all trash or junk, and nearly tossed it out. But when I look back now, I think it was quite good for the age I was, and lack of formal training, and its all part of my journey.
The surprising bit is that when I look at my old pieces, I can remember where I was when I sketched or painted it, what medium I used, and what I was trying to achieve. It's really quite weird. I've only been through one portfolio so far. I even found some paintings in behind the main ones that I haven't seen since I painted them!
|1985 'Little Chief' - I was about 15 or 16 when I painted this. I considered it (at that time) the best horse painting I'd ever done, and alot of later paintings went in the bin because they were not as 'good' as this one.|
|1986 circa 'Adamshurst' I sketched this and pened it with a black fine liner over a few days. Mum used to work here as a cleaner when it was an aged day care facility. It was a spooky house with alot of atmosphere. It still had its grand driveway.|