Archive for 2010

Portfolio 2010 and Revamped Website

I recently put together a small portfolio of recent work; it's a light read with pictures.  You can download it here.

I have also revamped my website.  You will find some new paintings and illustrations, the about section has been updated and has replaced the library.  The images are now larger and It should be easier to navigate, here's hoping!!

Have a look

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Why Being A Painter Rocks

When do you know that you are truly an artist?  It’s not just because it resonates within you but because the practice of your craft is as big a buzz as the finished piece.  The final product is not the prize, it is the bonus prize.     

Painting is like a love affair, a passionate love affair that develops over time.  There is euphoria, hysteria, despair and excitement; the more you bestow the better it becomes.  Time gives greater understanding of the pigments and the mediums and your eye learns to see beyond your expectations.  You learn to look beyond what is and feel and express what isn’t.  Your sense of appreciation heightens for the great artists who have passed and for your own progression.  You are excited by the mistakes and disasters because you have made a new discovery and are moving towards being a greater painter.

Many gratifying processes in life don’t result in a physical product.  Instead they offer a sense of achievement that rests in our memories.  A painting however is the objectification of processes and ideas that physically lives on in time. Some professional artists produce paintings very quickly ‘alla prima’, some in half a day.  They have perfected their craft in such a way to achieve an accelerated result.  I prefer to build up my paintings slowly so I can observe the nuances that occur when applying each layer, the changes in colour as the pigments dry and how each brush stroke will affect the one before.  Mixing the media causes unexpected reactions which need to be appraised before making the next mark.  Continually assessing proportion, tone, value and expression against the aesthetic, the composition and the context, challenge my inquisitive brain and inform the painting’s final outcome.  Giving air to complex subjects and transforming them into an artform quenches my endless creative thirst however long it may take.  And to finish for now, the signature is added, the full stop at the end of each story. 

The painting is complete and as I look at the objectification of my madness, I feel the shift. 

Image:  The Gold Key, Homage to Anne Sexton 2010 by Jane E Porter

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Rare Diamonds - A Beginners Guide To The Art Market by Guyan Porter

I recently went to a talk on artists led initiatives. There ensued a well informed debate about this ‘new’ model for art production, and how the transition is made from grass roots collective, to state funded institution. At a time when artists led initiatives and artist led organisation seem to be more common and widely recognised than ever before, I was interested in how groups, organisations, collectives and loose communities related to the art market, and what engagement there was with the economics of art production. In economic terms, public funding (government) is still a relatively small component in the economy of the visual arts, but one that does support, albeit indirectly, a high proportion of artists within the sector. With local authorities usually spending more than the national executive, and spending by artists on the production of art also far outweighing government funding levels, is the art market where the big money and decision making power lies? Governmental funding towards artists led initiatives in the UK, more and more seems to come with a push towards the market, with participating in art fairs being requisite.

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Release The Muse With

Taken from an article in the Independent titled Portrait of The Artist as a Tortured Soul.  I have extracted what I think is the best part but you can read the rest of the article here, which describes various methods of releasing your creativity from hypnotherapy to gurus.

1. Be sure to choose your parents with care. Studies show creative people come from homes in which intellectual and creative pursuits are valued, and they are encouraged to do well at school.

2. Indulge in hero worship as a child. Creative people read voraciously as children and often model themselves after heroes or heroines from books.

3. Fail miserably at school. Paradoxically, many creative people perform poorly at school. Actor Anthony Hopkins has said: "I was a dummy ... I would sit perplexed, drinking ink."

4. Be unhappy.  Nearly all Nobel Prize-winners have come from troubled homes. As Gore Vidal, writes: "Hatred of one parent or the other can make an Ivan the Terrible or a Hemingway: the protective love, however, of two devoted parents can absolutely destroy an artist."

5. Before you reach adulthood, have a loved one die on you. One study suggests that only adolescent delinquents and suicidal depressives have rates of childhood bereavement as high as those of creative people.

6. Become mentally unstable. It is well documented that creative people are more likely than the general population to suffer from illnesses like manic-depressive disorder. Even those who do not suffer from mental illness tend to be more impulsive, depressed, or angry than other people.

7. At all times, be aloof. Overcoming the difficulties that are likely to have beset their childhood often means that creative people are extremely driven and have developed strong self-belief to mask their inner insecurities; this can make them appear arrogant loners.

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Artists on Show in Prestigious Exhibition

Renowned Aberdeen Society launches latest display at Art Gallery

Published: 30/04/2010

'Nothing Matters Anmore', 2010 by Jane E Porter, mixed media on board

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Westminster No More

High White Light, an exhibition about Scotland’s identity was opened by our First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP and featured works by some of the country’s most collectable contemporary artists including Calum Colvin, John Bellany and John Byrne. As curator and one of the exhibiting artists, it was an opportunity to create the challenging political portrait, ‘Westminster No More’ which depicts the First Minister smiling in front of The Houses of Parliament, his face adorned with ticker-tape references to Iraq, Afghanistan, Trident and Scottish Independence. Despite its controversial nature, I’m delighted to say the painting appealed to The First Minister who bought it for his private collection.

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I have works on show in the following exhibitions.  I hope you can make it.

Aberdeen Artists Society
76th Annual EXhibition

Saturday 1st - Saturday 29th May
Aberdeen Art Gallery 

Our Kids Too
auction of paintings and prints

Sunday 2nd May, 1.45 - 4.00 pm

Bridgeview Gallery
1 North Esplanade West, Aberdeen AB11 5QF

Our Kids Too aim to assist Aberdeen schools and parks provide the necessary equipment for special needs and disabled children.

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The Tortured Soul Creates Art (Part I)

I am lost, I am blessed, I am creative, I’m a mess, I am medicated, I am stoned, I'm obsessed. I am confused, I am sad, I am driven and nearly mad, I am alone, I am guilty, I’m possessed. I am courageous and terrified, I am secretive and I’ve lied, I am success and a failure and God knows how I’ve tried. I am tormented, I am strong, I am weak and I was wrong about so many things. I am rejected, I am knocked, temporarily blocked, I am powerless and under repair. I am questioning, I’m unsure, I am altered and impure, I am doubt and I’m out of control. I am determined, I am fear, I am real, I am here, the artist’s tortured soul.

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