Okay this one is not for the faint-hearted.
This video has been at least a year and a half in the making, with some of the content dating back over the last ten years. It’s a slightly surreal video that I hope encapsulates my philosophy of ‘Nothing is ever black and white’.
If you only think in black and white then you won’t get this video. Even if you don’t think in black and white you still might not get it. I’ve tried to convey a sense of the complexity of life and our existence. I hope I’ve at least partially achieved that. But of course it might be a load of old tosh and I’m a complete charlatan. If you’re looking for the meaning of life you might find this helpful; I think humankind is a long way off finding a reason for life and I suspect a meaning might not even exist. Doubt is the beginning and not the end of wisdom. Scratch beneath the surface to see further than what you might think of as the obvious. Remove your blinkers!
Occasionally I create something I am really pleased with and proud of. My next offering is one such piece. It’s a musical creation. A gentle offering entitled Banana Blush; a slow jazz type of number that swings a little. Anyway less of my rambling, here it is:
I am pleased to say that I’m now back creating art again after an enforced break due to various eye problems. It’s been quite a few months but now hopefully all is well. I’ve also retired from my part-time job so I’m hoping now that it is full steam ahead to being a full-time artist.
As you’ll see from my ‘The art of being Paul Garrard’ blog I’ve not been particularly productive of late picture wise. But the ideas have been piling up so hopefully in the coming months those ideas will manifest themselves as something a bit more concrete.
So what am I up to now?
Well I’ve recently been working on a video. A video I’ve been trying to make for the last couple of years, and it’s almost finished. It’s all there. It just needs refining a bit before the final edit. But whilst creating the soundtrack and narration for the video I was inspired to ‘lay down some beats’ that have become a track that I’ve just put out on SoundCloud. I’m rather pleased with it although like all art forms it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Anyway if your interested here it is:
I hope to bring you more news soon of what I’m up to. Enjoy your art wherever you are.
I love hares. They are quite majestic creatures. I drew this magnificent fellow last spring and then thought it would be ideal as a greeting card. The good news is that it is still available. Pick up a copy or two from my shop, Tuppenny Rainbow. In stock and ready to go. A snip at £2.00 + p&p.
Just when you think it’s safe to put your head up above the parapet along comes my new video/soundscape. I’m very very pleased with this one.
I suppose it’s the lot of most artists to spend their lives in complete obscurity. One doesn’t become an artist to become rich either. First and foremost I make art because I have something to say; I have feelings and emotions I want to express. I also make it to please myself. If people like my work then that is a bonus. If people like my work and want to support me then that is truly a double bonus. But I have to be honest a little more recognition and the odd sale wouldn’t go amiss.
If you like my work and you would like to support me there are a number of ways that you can, and they needn’t cost you any money:
Having said that if you have got some spare cash you could always buy some of my stuff. Stuff comes in various forms; prints and cards (reasonably priced) which you can buy online from Tuppenny Rainbow, or limited edition art prints which you can buy direct from me.
If you are unable to part with any of your hard earned cash, ways to help that won’t cost you a penny include:
- Following me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube), sharing my posts/tweets/videos and generally spreading the word of my very existence.
- If you only do one thing then one of the biggest helps would be to subscribe to my YouTube channel and liking my videos.
Thanking you in advance.
Video/Soundscape inspired by walking. Excerpts from a walk around Norwich
Walking is an art form. Everyone that can should go out walking. It calms the mind. It keeps you fit. It’s beneficial exercise for mind and body.
With this the soundscape came before the video. The working title for the soundscape was ‘Beats’.