Learning how to live as an artist – Stuart Bush Studio Notes It feels like it has taken me a long time to work out what I think is important and to trust myself. When it comes to sharing my errors and experiences, I want to be an open book. There is a lot to learn from small discoveries, successful experiments and breakthroughs, in the studio, in life and from a positive personal outlook. There is also stuff that I wish someone had shared with me. I use to hate making mistakes. However, now, my perspective on how to live as an artist has turned full circle. I am grateful… Read More »Learning how to live as an artist
When I hear a negative voice in my head saying, “I am in over my head, they are going to find out,” this little voice reminds me I am not good enough. It seeks to devalue my self worth causing me to underestimate myself. Then I come to the conclusion that l must be mad about choosing to be an artist. I realise that l have volunteered myself for all this self-doubt. I feel like l am pretending to be an artist. If l am not careful the voice gets out of control and my self-confidence is eroded. It is hard to break the psychological patterning in which I fear… Read More »Pretending to be a painter
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 with making art to express myself. Words about sincere motives and… Read More »What do I love about being an artist?
©Stuart Bush, A section of ourselves as a commodified object, oil on aluminium panel, 80 x 120cm Often when a viewer looks at works of art they ask themselves, ‘why did the artist make this?’ However I believe that understanding the original idea or intention of my work defeats my ambitions for this artwork. Instinct led me to paint this painting. By trying to understand my instincts my aims are never going to be clear. Creativity is instinctive, and it is buried within me. I’m interested in this part of myself. I am curious about exploring what I am hung up on. I’m not in control of what comes out. Braque said,… Read More »A painting has to stand up by itself
The need to make sense of this world through painting began a long time ago. The oldest known cave paintings where more than 64,000 years ago. Why do I paint? I feel a deep need to communicate something. Something I can’t put into words. Painting is my way of finding kindred spirits. When I look at art from the past, I realise I am not that dissimilar to my ancestors and painters of the past. Studying art from the past allows me to explore the many different ways that artists saw the world during their time. It helps me to broaden my perspective and understanding and allows me to see… Read More »Why do I paint?
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 approached it in a completely different way. I love my work more than what it produces. I love going deeper, I just follow my hunch and allow… Read More »I love my work more than what it produces
I crave for a 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 set deadlines. To get paid you… Read More »It takes discipline to have creative freedom
When I started out and sought to develop my work into an artistic practice I often used to get very frustrated and disappointed when I felt I had made an unsuccessful work of art. As the piece was near completion judgemental voices in my head would take over saying, “this isn’t good enough,” “you’re not good enough” and “you’re never going to make a go of this”. But over time I have learnt that I need to find my new painting in my last painting. After a bad day in the studio, I use to stare at the canvas. I would feel disillusioned and there would seem to be no way forward.… Read More »I needed to find my new painting in my last painting
To achieve a successful painting like, ‘A section of ourselves as a commodified object’, I want to understand what it is I am really trying to make. I have a deep need to be creative and communicate something significant about what I see. I love painting, my ambition is to make the best painting I can make. For me, a transformative experience takes place at the level of the ordinary. When evaluating a picture, it is interesting to consider that the essences of the surface is a pattern of colours, lines, texture, forms and space. Shape and form fit into the frame, as the structure of the painting creates a visual… Read More »A section of ourselves as a commodified object
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 “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… Read More »A painters approach to street photography – Stuart Bush Studio Blog