Archive for November, 2009

Parade Artists, the long weekend

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Just to show how serious it can get at the Parade Artists exhibition, pictured is Scotlands 12th most elligible batchelor Frank To and the ever professional photographer, Ian Marshall. This was before the exhibition opened- I believe Ian is practicing facial excercises for the over 45s.Frank To Artist Ian Marshall photographer

So, big thanks to all of you who came along to the Parade Artists’ first weekend in Glasgow. Saturday seemed really busy and a bit of a whirlwind. Today was a gentler pace and it was lovely to be able to spend time chatting with some of you about the new art and life in general.

With the pace picking up a bit for me it is beginning to look like this may be the last event such as this that I am able to do, which is sad but a necessity I am afraid as the planning is quite mammoth. Also, there was an event today which i found so distasteful that I think will make not taking part in future events easier for me. Overnight, the art is locked in an area which only artists have access to. Today, it became apparent that a piece of artwork had been stolen.

The artist who’s work it was was understandably upset but this also affected the rest of us who thought we were running a mutually supportive collective. People can be low.  This affected the day for me and changed me in ways which looking back I am quite shocked at. Funny as it is now to look back at it , may I apologise to the parents of the young children who were playing with the baloons used to attract attention to the entrance area…..I would not normally take balloons from 3 year olds but as the title says, it’s been a long weekend!

Final Word On Edinburgh Art Fair

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Edinburgh Art Fair

With the recession, there is no doubt that the art world has been hit and for some strange reason, I have been “recession-proof”. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s just where I am in my career. Don’t get me wrong, I am not rolling in money, but I am doing ok. Believe me, I know a lot of artists who are on housing benefit etc just to get by. It can be tough, but I watch fellow artists continue to paint there way through the hard times, which surely can’t last forever.

I visited Edinburgh Art Fair yesterday and it was an interesting experience. Over the past few years, I have got to know quite a few gallery owners and it was strange in a way to see so many I knew under the one roof. Last year, the saying was that the “best seller at the Edinburgh Art Fair was the coffee”. Well, it seems that this was the case again. Every gallery I spoke to seemed to be genuinely shocked at how poor sales were. For a gallery owner, this must be hard. Exhibition stands are expensive and then there’s all the transport and advertising costs. The recession is definately still with us but I left the art fair feeling completely ok.

I think that’s because like many other painters, I do it because I love it and feel somewhat protected from the sharp, front-end of art sales. Artist’s need sales, otherwise they could not continue to paint. It’s a balance and today I was in the studio painting, feeling excited by new work which I am creating and Edinburgh Art Fair is already a memory.

So, I would like to say a public “thank you” to those of you have have bought my artwork  and prints over the years and also to those of you who have suported me with emails of encouragement, filled in the guestbook or replied on the blog. Believe me, in a negative world, it all helps.

Last week, I heard a fellow artist’s work described as “shit”, and a piece of mine was described as “f***ing horrible”. There was more of this negativity at Edinburgh: one gallery even said that the place was full of “crap art” and that at least they vetted the galleries at the Glasgow Art Fair. Art snobs are great fun, especially in a recession!

So I shall remain thick skinned thanks to your support and hopefully sensitive enough on the inside to keep painting in a manner that people appreciate. If I ever become an arrogant art-snob judging “lesser beings” then please let me know ;-)

Something Different….

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

New-Female-ArtSaturdays are becoming a more frequent time for me to paint. This was unusual in the past but there is something I quite like about painting on a Saturday afternoon.

This new painting is on a big 40 x 30 inch canvas. It was one of these “see it in your mind and attack the canvas moments” and I dont really have any idea where this female art is heading at the moment.

A coupl eof visitors to the studio have commented that this artwork looks like someone else painted it. It was me…honest!

Off for a nosey around Edinburgh Art Fair tomorrow.

Same Old Art?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Edinburgh Art Fair Joe HendryNot another post about the Edinburgh Art Fair!

Well, yes it is. See right for the final version of the big (3 ft square) female face painting which is shown on at least two other entries in the blog.

I receive quite a few emails from people telling me that they like to see paintings in progress and this one is certainly a good example of how much a painting can change.

So, she is off to the Edinburgh Art Fair with six other paintings and after Wednesday I will be able to relax. It’s impossible to tell if art is going to sell- it all does sooner or later but for me most of the time it’s more about feeling that people like it than making money.  So long as I have a tin of beans in the cupboard and a pint of milk in the fridge I don’t worry too much ;-)

Scottish Art Joe Hendry Kilt PaintingI have also been frantically trying to finish another 3 ft x 3 ft square canvas based on the model Jamie who posed for me earlier in the year.

This one is a similar pose to Timorous Beastie and Timorous Beastie Too. It is called “Rest And Be Thankful” and there is more face in the painting and the background is very different.

The Edinburgh Art Fair runs from 20th – 22nd November.

Edinburgh Art Fair

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Edinburgh Art FairAfter an unsettled couple of months, things seem to be coming together.

There is a bit of a buzz about the WASPS Artists Studios at the moment with the build up to Christmas but I am focussed on the forthcoming Edinburgh Art Fair.

I am hopin gto have seven paintings there and rather than take the easy route, I have been continuing to work on paintings that other artists are telling me to leave alone.

They will be uploaded soon to the relevent galleries.

Carrying on with all my recent “New Age” (I hate that term!) interest, I had my tarot cards read at the weekend. This was done by a girl who apparently “works in the light”. She was certainly very pleasant and I enjoyed it very much. I sway between skepticism and thinking that there must be something in it.

Time will tell.

A Whole New World…..

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Abstract Art

Abstract Art

I really feel like I can’t get my teeth into painting at the moment and it really has been an odd few months.

Add to the recent turbulence of studio upheaval and moving home and the flu struck last week. When is my time to miss it? On top of all that there has been the website redesign but secretly I love tinkering with it. Anything which makes it an improvement is good in my book.

I have been itching to get back into the studio and get on with it. Just befor I got ill I attacked a canvas with ample mix of frustration and gusto. An odd mix, but how I was feeling at the time. I have rambled on a bit this year about the Picasso quote “Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do its bidding”, but it really has struck a chord.

I am not going to go into the origins of where this painting came from although I have shared it with close friends. Enough to say, I used my hands for part of it instead of a paint brush and it was the rsult of experiencing Shamanic Reiki.
Smokin !