Artistic block, Bacchanalia, and Jenny Greenteeth

Jenny Greenteeth

It’s been a month since my last update on my Acid Renaissance series of artwork, and as I mentioned in that post I wasn’t planning on doing any artwork for the project over August because I had too many other things on and needed to “recharge” anyway.

The Delaware Road: Ritual & Resistance event was really good, especially meeting many people I had previously only talked with online. For many years I’ve avoided exhibiting my work for a variety of reasons, but this event felt very different, and I’m very glad I took up Alan Gubby’s invitation to take part.

Then we were back in Wiltshire just a few days later for a long weekend in Salisbury with trips out to Stonehenge and Old Sarum and generally just relaxing.

I still feel a bit blocked on new artwork, but some vague ideas are starting to form, so I think I just need to be patient and give it some time. Unfortunately I’m not very patient when it comes to these things, and I’m finding the whole “artistic block” thing very frustrating. I could easily carry on doing more of the same, but the work needs to evolve otherwise (for me) it’s pointless. I just can’t currently work out how it needs to evolve.

I do have a drawing I need to start that I’ve been planning for some time (working title: Bacchanalia Beneath the Wind Turbines), and I have a few ideas for a couple more photographs. I want to do a piece or series of connected pieces around Jenny Greenteeth (the header image for this post was taken at the Harnham Water Meadows in Salisbury with this work in mind). I have a few other very loose ideas scribbled down.

I’ve done a couple of sessions of life-drawing over August, trying out some slightly different approaches to drawing in technique and medium, but I’m not totally convinced by any of the experiments. Yes, I am being negative about everything today. It will pass.