Liminibus : Begin with the marks, everything starts with drawing.
Liminibus : immersive and joined up art experiences. Why I always start with the marks.
The Liminibus work is seeking new audiences and offers existing audiences the opportunity to engage with visual art in a different way. This is the fourth of four posts about my motivation and methods. This one is all about the marks. If the marks don't work for me then I know the work won't work for other people either. So things can take rather a long time.
I love the slow pace of oil paint, it's rather like riding a bike faster than you should. Exciting, fully engaging and can go wrong in an instant. So painting is like glacier speed motorcycle racing, then ...
This series of four blogposts are about four key motivators for me : Audience, Process, Materials and Marks. This one about marks, the final one for you, it's the first one for me when I'm actually making the stuff. I can't deal with a day without painting or drawing. Even if it's just nonsense marks - I think of it as whistling in the dark to keep my spirits up. I think it was Phillip Guston who said that painting, in the list of human endeavours, was 'somewhere between whistling and scratching'. Just making marks simplifies my working life. I’m simplifying my working life because I have a strong sense of excitement, a shy confidence in my skillset but mostly an increasing sense of urgency about getting on with it while I still can.