I've just got my first one man show at the Malt House gallery in Lyme Regis, Dorset UK. It starts on the 20th. November. A little daunting but, mainly exciting. I'm finding painting easy, publicity I need to find a big stick to beat myself with to do it, but dealing with this site and a blog, nigh on impossible. Age I suppose, but I know, or at least think I know, it will come. Tried loading my flyer, but it just won't do. Whoops, take it all back, it just did. try my photo next. Well its arrived, not where I expected, but if you bear with me I'll probably improve. Flyer text is below. Hanging day on the 19th Nov. I'll let you know how it goes. Strange this, talking to myself, England calling, ah well, trying to get modern.
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Stephen Collins - Meandering.
What I have learnt of painting and drawing has been gleaned from the doing of it and looking at the work of artists past and present.
I paint my life.
I enjoy the way things jostle and intermingle on my kitchen table. Marmalade, marmite, old wrinkled apple, water, dinner plate and discarded glasses.
I love the haphazard placement, the spatial relationships, everything placed without thought, just used.
Is there chaos here or harmony, meaning or chance?
This is the way I paint.
Paint first, think after. The Buddist “Leap before you look”.
Disorganized, colourful and impulsive.
A meaningless mess? Maybe, maybe not.
I believe a painting “should” ( horrible word ) reflect who you are. Not because you are interesting or special, but because you are all you have, so for better or for worse, speak your piece.
When painting your eye sees, your mind interprets and your hand runs its own sweet path. If you can stand back and allow it all to happen without dictating or fear, you are fortunate. The reward has been in the doing.
If others find any value in what you have done, then you are blessed indeed.
Stephen Collins 20/11/2014.