Tuesday, 13 May 2014

My output this year

I have had a couple of comments about my seemingly small output this year. I understand why: one new post in 2014 is not prolific.

When I started Eve’s Rib, my ability to draw was pretty weak (not that I’m great now, either). Painfully aware of my limitations, I worked on my skills: reading books, keeping sketchbooks, attending life classes, and so on. This means I am always gradually improving. I look at pictures posted a year ago or more and wrinkle my nose, thinking: “That’s pretty weak. I could do much better today.”

Far from being inactive this year, I’ve actually been quite busy, repainting nearly two dozen pictures. This ranges from reworking a head to a complete remake, and there are plenty of further pictures I would like to remake but haven’t got round to yet. Many of you will have noticed me do remakes before, and I recognise that in a year or two the process might get repeated all over again. This is just a hazard of posting work while my skills are still developing. OK, I could have waited until I was the new Rembrandt – or more realistically, Gil Elvgren – before launching Eve’s Rib at all, but then I would never be satisfied and there would be no blog.

Fear not, there will be new paintings.

A note to anyone who’s reposted my pictures online: if I’ve done a remake, I’d appreciate it if you would replace the old tat with the current version.

11 comments:

  1. I have wondered why there's been little from you of late... but I'm glad you haven't just got bored and moved on to new things. You are one of the most interesting and talented artists/writers in this niche... and long may it continue. But I think I know how you feel. Sometimes i look at my blog and think "Blimey... i haven't posted a new story for ages." and publish something that's either unfinished or just plain cr*p, (the latest is being revised, rewritten and extrnded as it was posted in haste). Sometimes I'll read one of my older stories and think, "Did i really write this garbage?"... I do intend to go through the older ones and sort out all the errors, but it's a lot of work.... and I'm not going to ask my wife to proof read them... she might get ideas above her station!

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    1. In the olden days, you published a book or sold a painting and that was it - you usually couldn't change the work. Publishing online, however, there is nothing to stop us going back to old stuff and tinkering with it again and again. How far we do it is down to the level of dissatisfaction and available time...

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  2. I always appreciate your work, Jamie :) Looking forward to seeing your new and reworked pictures.

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  3. You are quite fantastic and not only in your paintings but I would say you are a fantastic story teller (you haven't told a story about the Matriarchy in a loooooong time, only painted it). However, your only problem is you put yourself down and that is what makes your blog not be prolific (I am not trying to be critical nor rude, I accept you the way you are and the way you are not). So if you were to take my advice, MAKE MISTAKES, stop caring, stop being a perfectionist, don't criticize your work and if anything (just if you must) criticize only the lack thereof. And, if you really were to take my advice -- WRITE! Oh Jamie, if you only knew what a prolific artist you are you would not be so occupied in what a prolific artist you are not. Because deep inside you are what you can't be and not what you just are... so to me you are just as prolific as the Jamie who doesn't have itself just tied up with self criticism and that author who told me the story about a world were Women rule.

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    1. Great comment, thanks so much. You're partly right but my biggest limitation is not self-criticism but time! I would paint all day if I could, but have to work instead. As for writing, I'm looking for in idea that will say something new about that world. It will come.

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  4. It is a hot summer day in the Gynarchy and so I am wearing the summer uniform of a shirt dress in green candy stripes with a green belt with long white socks and 2" heeeled shoes..under a pair of big pants in white. I am sitting under a big tree in the school gounds with my boyfriends, gossipping about girls and the funny teachers. My elder sister Victoria calls me over. "You should be in the library studying, Zoe. Why ar eyou showing your legs , that skirt is too short, just because you're wearing a Gynarchy Scarf doesn't mean you canflaunt yourself. Report to me at home tonight...and go to the library, I want to see you studying for your exams." I curtsey and say, "yes miss".

    Sami

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  5. When I got home Victoria sat me down on her lap in her girlish room - aeroplanes, football stars and cars everywhere.

    "Now Sami darling, you're really growing up and I want you to know that you are very special in this family. If you work hard you can get good grades and go to college to be whatever you like - Secretary, Lab Assistant, Shopgirl, Man's Maid, Family boy ...the opportunities are great...you understand, darling?" "yes Miss, but I'm not wanted by Rebecca and I thought I'd be hers...you know look after babies, keep house..now...I..don't know" I then started to cry. Victoria cuddled me into her and stroked my long hair...."there babe...dont cry anymore...forget what's happened just look to what the future holds...." "I'll try"...."good boy, dry your eyes and do your chores and I'll test you for your exam tomorrow...what is it?"...."Gynarchy rules and history and then Gynarchy Science".

    "Good boy...go get em!!"

    Sami

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  6. Hi Jamie, I have been following your art updates on Deviantart and you have been doing some great reworks of you old pictures. I love the way you capture their facial expressions and the texturing on the clothes, your artwork was always very good but now you have got better and better and I look forward to your next endeavors. Great work.

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    1. Thanks very much for the appreciation!

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  7. NEVER apologize for that which you do in earnest!

    REGRET only those things you did not attempt, if abandoned for folly.

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