The doors are closed on amateur artists.

Ok – so this is my first blog entry.

I asked my friend James – (who is basically a brother to me) how I set about doing this, he simply said you write. I guess the trick is to write something interesting.

All I want to do firstly is apologise that I havent been updating my news feed, in the age of sparkly websites and news stories that make lives seem interesting and fulfilled I’m not keeping up.

Instead I’m spending the majority of my time thinking about how to progress my work, which sounds easier than it reads for an amateur artist. I keep going back, right back to the masters. The dusty books full of light to guide me forward.

That and trying to build a network of friends in the art world whom I respect and who have achieved great things. After leaving my job I had a small pocket of friends and followers made online over the years, but the majority were supporting from overseas. Some of the best artists out there are ones out of the spotlight, who toil day in and day out to create something so they can progress and mature.

I’m getting used to meeting people now. The art world is daunting.

I just finished a few months in art college, it opens your mind to how contemporary art works but I still found myself battling to find anything that stimulated me creatively with the current works coming out. In the end I am limping out still craving a return to classical art. The sort of discipline you learn from the few traditional painting schools is pricey, but I keep faith that even an amateur can make it without these places, there are some examples of this.

The emphasis seems to be on how materials become the work, I guess that is important, I was reading the interviews of Francis Bacon and he goes on and on about capturing a moment, energy and mystery in work.

Its a huge mathematical equation to me.

I’m still finding it difficult to work outside in the garage which is now a studio, I like to work where I’m comfortable and a set out studio doesn’t feel that way. I want to live with and breathe with the work I’m doing.

Most of the work I am creating I’m reflecting on and criticising to pull together more of what I like. But I’m still skating along the learning process and I am far from the critical art world as it is now.

anyway – how was that.



3 thoughts on “Blog

  1. Great first blog post Suman 😊 Nice to hear such honesty. I believe and hope that there is room for everyone/every style in the art world whether ‘on trend’ or not. Daunting and exciting that there is so much to learn!


  2. Hi Suman, I watched the Great Painting Challenge on the TV – congratulations on winning :). Easy for me to say after the event but I had you down as being the eventual winner. I love your work by the way – really beautiful figurative stuff. It’s exciting to see you going full on down the art path – I also believe that an amateur can become a great artist without having to attend expensive courses. I believe that the path of self teaching can be successful as long as a person is prepared to put in the hard work. I wish you luck with your endeavours!


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