I first wrote this blog exactly ten years ago and I wanted to share it with you all after deciding to release a limited number of pop art prints on my website...
The weather over the past couple of weeks has been appalling and while it’s nice to be inside my warm, cosy studio while it’s pelting down outside the light has been so poor that it has made painting very difficult.
Trying to find just the right temperature of colour for a particular passage in a painting is hard enough at the best of times but in this prevailing gloom, it has become almost impossible. As well as the poor light I’ve been suffering a touch of ‘artist’s block’. Not entirely surprising as I have been working continually on back to back shows since May of last year.
I spent a couple of idle days reading Len Dighton…again. Does anyone know why he isn’t writing any new books?
Maybe it was the setting of the book ‘Horse under Water’, which I first read while at Dundee Art College in the sixties, but I began to wonder what I would be painting if I was 19 again?
So indulging myself, I knocked off the three images you see here.
The first one was, ‘Marilyn’ which obviously owes more than a little credit to Andy Warhol but hopefully has enough of ‘Boag’ in it, followed by ‘Paul’ and then ‘John’. I had a great time painting them. It was better than a rest and gave me a lot of new ideas for future work.
It also took me full circle as I started my ‘commercial’ art career in 1963 when I would take requests from girls in my class at school to draw pictures of the Beatles. If my memory holds I think sixpence was the going rate for a pencil drawing with a watercolour retailing at the princely sum of one shilling. Plus ca change.
You can find all my pop art prints available for sale here.