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What do I love about being an artist?

What do I love about being an artist? I love what I do. I want to go to my studio every day and have a perfect day. On my perfect day, I want to express something of significance. Once I am in my studio, my mind starts to make connections.  By fostering a studio practice with risk-taking and openness, I open an infinite space. Every painting l create opens a new conversation about, What if?   I like to stay open to the possibility of generating tension in my work. I don’t want to overthink what I am doing.  Words have never been a strong point of mine, so l stick… Read More »What do I love about being an artist?

Dreaming about success

Dreaming about success Often when I turn on the shower and step in, I turn on a shower of thoughts and start dreaming. I’m not sure why it happens in the shower, but I think it is a favourable place to be flooded with thoughts and ideas. My mind also, unfortunately, wanders when I am painting. Over time, I have realised I have become a professional daydreamer. This is the wrong time and the wrong place to be dreaming about success and imagining the future. I feel the need to gain some self-mastery of my busy creative mind. I used to think dreaming about the future was my reward for… Read More »Dreaming about success

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Rebound from a failed painting

Rebound from a failed painting I was taught at school that everything had to be right.  I was encouraged to conform so that when I grew up I would make a good employee. Education was stifling.  I was urged to aim for perfection; however, I was a long way away from achieving that.  Sketching and doodling were discouraged, learning from failure was hindered.  As a consequence, I had no idea how to rebound from a failed painting.   When I started to learn to paint I use to stop, look and make a judgment about my progress. I worried I was wasting my time and making a blunder.  I hated being wrong.… Read More »Rebound from a failed painting

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Painter Killed By Critique Of His Own Bad Art

Painter Killed By Critique of His Own Bad Art. Most artists share the same fear and dread, a bad review!  You think it’s all over.  It makes you feel reluctant to share your work. I can imagine the day a museum curator knocks on my studio door with good news, and there is no answer.  The bell keeps ringing…   The curator keeps trying to get an answer until she realises something terrible might have happened.  Eventually, she gains access.  Underneath a pile of bad art, she can see my feet sticking out the bottom.  Is he dead?  Does she run for help? No, she horrified by how much bad… Read More »Painter Killed By Critique Of His Own Bad Art

I love my work more than what it produces

I love my work more than what it produces

I love my work more than what it produces. I am happiest when I realise that there is something to investigate, something that doesn’t quite fit.  I love the slow development of an idea.  The slow convergence of thoughts that often come after a period of incubation. l realise then that there is a problem worth tackling, a problem that is going to become my muse.  It is exciting to think that possibly, this concept hasn’t occurred to anyone else.  If it has occurred to someone before me, they will likely approach it in a completely different way.   I love going deeper, I just follow my hunch and allow… Read More »I love my work more than what it produces

Stuart Bush Studio Notes, creative freedom

It takes discipline to have creative freedom

It takes discipline to have creative freedom I crave for life without physical, mental or financial constraints.  It has been my intention not to have limits on what I do, what I say or how I spend my time.  I want to make what I want when I want.  One of the attractions of being an artist is the concept of free expression.  However, our culture often wires us up to do what is safe and sensible.  In my experience, it takes discipline to have creative freedom.   Commercial art is a good, sensible way of making a living from art.  It has a project outline, a list of do’s and don’ts and… Read More »It takes discipline to have creative freedom

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My typical day as a painter

My typical day as a painter starts with waking up between 5 and 6:30 am.   I have a clear head in the morning and I have learnt to appreciate this early start as it allows me to exercise, meditate, write in my journal and catch up with any writing l have to do.   Everyone else in the house is up by 7:00 and then l enjoy spending quality time with the family.  I help my boys with their homework and get them ready for school. I really appreciate these enjoyable family moments.  I look forward to the short walk to school.  On the way back I have the opportunity to remind… Read More »My typical day as a painter

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Wishing for dyslexia

Wishing for dyslexia I recently read a book by Malcolm Gladwell called David and Goliath. The theme of the book highlights how we are misled about the nature of our advantages and disadvantages.  Gladwell explains that it isn’t always correct our disadvantages preventing us from being successful in life.  “We have a definition in our heads of what an advantage is — and the definition isn’t right. And what happens as a result? It means that we make mistakes. It means that we misread battles between underdogs and giants. It means that we underestimate how much freedom there can be in what looks like a disadvantage.”   In chapter four, Gladwell starts… Read More »Wishing for dyslexia

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A painters approach to street photography

I found the question of where to start as an artist after art school an easy one. I had a desire to capture something about now; the present moment in the city.  My camera seemed an obvious place to start. I picked up my camera and took pictures.  Cartier Bresson labelled it “the decisive moment.”  I wanted to capture a split second of an ever-changing mad rush.  By doing so, I found a way to make art; I discovered a painters approach to street photography. My walk with a camera started with no intention of where I was going; not in my steps and not in my art.  Each time I went out with… Read More »A painters approach to street photography

Dyslexia isn’t going to stop me

I avoided practising my reading and writing skills as I grew up. I easily slipped through the net due to changing schools several times. It took me a long time to read a book, however, I started to enjoy reading in my twenties. At 27 years old I was diagnosed with dyslexia. It took me a while to realise that dyslexia wasn’t going to stop me.   I didn’t enjoy writing before I had a blog. I always felt my writing was poor. The way I used to get my ideas down on paper was confused and in a jumble. In spite of that, I believed that my ideas and content were good. It used to… Read More »Dyslexia isn’t going to stop me