A bird’s eye view

The first image is one of a series of small canvases that I am currently working on. The second is a happy accident. As I put my camera away after a long walk, an effect worthy of photoshop was made with a little camera shake and a slow exposure.

textures - painting in progress

A real mix of materials here – zinc oxide powder, ink, emulsion and a little soot, with the help of a hair dryer and some sgrafitto. I’m quite excited by the slow emergence of crosses, barely visible, unconsciously made, though I have been deliberating lately on the most simple but loaded of marks…

camera shake - photography

A cautionary note perhaps; never delete images from your camera until you’ve uploaded them and have lived with them for a while…

It’s also that time of year again – the highly controversial Turner Prize – and the winner is… five-year-old Terisha Reeve! She ‘uses the medium of watercolour to create a passionate, broad-brushstroke, post-modern interpretation of the 21st Century phenomena of celebrity‘! No, not THE Turner Prize we have all come to love and loathe in equal measure, but the alternative Anthea Turner Prize in which very young artists compete to produce the best portrait of B-list celebrity Anthea Turner. Proud mum Pam Reeve, said of her daughter’s achievement: I’m not sure she knows who Anthea Turner is. I told her she’s a journalist. She loves art. Ah, bless!

Another alternative arts award, the Turnip Prize, has been awarded to an empty birds’ nest and a flu remedy, created by 69-year-old Mr ‘Osenthroat’ from Somerset. He described his contemporary work, ‘Birds Flew’ as ‘feathery and titanic’. A great play on words and fabulously ironic since the real Turner Prize winner is a Mr. Simon Starling (an appropriately geeky name for a research-based artist). Feathers are sure to fly in artistic circles when the real competition involves an old shed/boat/shed and a bicycle, and it’s a thumbs up to the cackling red necks – I’m talking turkeys, of course!


  1. John-Paul Delaney
    Posted December 7, 2005 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Well Jazz.. the lyricism of your artwork is equally offset by a natural command of a verbal medium (uncommon in a visual artist I believe). I enjoyed reading your weB LOG (I dislike the term too) as it opens a window to a view of the artist’s methodology, thinking and process not normally available to a curious public. Do set time in your ongoing struggle with an organizational plan to continue with this activity. I’m sure that over time it will be furthermore useful to recognize recurrent patterns of thought on how you approach the resolution of problems – and maybe be a spur to modify the scope of your undertaking.
    I’ll be back!

  2. Jazz
    Posted December 21, 2005 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Thanks J-P for your comments. Anybody reading this might like to view J-P’s own studio log at http://www.artprocess.com/evolveprojects