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Here are some elements of new works in progress. The paintings are details from a series based on earthworks and have all been tipped on their sides. The photographs are all of parts of Dorset as seen from a train window. As of fairly recently I have started using elements of my own paintings in my digital constructs.

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And here is a finished digital construct…available as a C-Type photographic print on archival paper from my Big Cartel shop. For a more comprehensive description and for shipping details click here.

The Man Who Looked Like The Other Man, 2020

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If you are interested in seeing more digital constructs, there are a lot of them on this blog or you can visit my Instagram here or my website here.

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In early October 2019 David Cook and I visited Peter Doig: Paintings at Michael Werner, and Cy Twombly: Sculpture at Gagosian, both in London. Afterwards, we discussed the shows by email. You can read the resulting conversation starting here.

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Landscape study (171119), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

At the moment I’m working with tensions – painting, drawing and digital constructs are feeding into one another with no clear path as to which is the dominant or most important form.

T-2, acrylic paint on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm, 2020

T-2 shot here on our beaten up old dining table. With source drawing below.

Sketchbook page, pencil on paper, 2019

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If you are interested in seeing more digital constructs and paintings as well as street photography (including portraits), visit my Instagram here or my website here.

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Winter I, digital construct, dimensions variable, 2019

Winter I (above) is another of the new digital constructs I’ve been working on. I’m having fun with their evolution – more posts soon – and at the same time have started working on paintings that have the shape of landscape as their starting point (T-1 pictured below on our knackered dining table).

T-1, acrylic paint on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm, 2020

Again, more to come…

The Paul mentioned in the title below is Paul Letchworth, a painter I was on Foundation with way back in the mists of time – his work’s lovely and you can see it on his website here. Hello Paul!

Landscape study (281119) for Paul, digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

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If you are interested in seeing more digital constructs and paintings as well as street photography (including portraits), visit my Instagram here or my website here.

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Street Portrait (for and of Yozmit), 2013/ 2020

In the last few days I’ve been experimenting with converting portaits I originally presented in colour on TFIPM to black and white. This was partly to test Ted Grant’s adage. Above is the new processed main portrait of Yozmit, and below the original.

Street Portrait (for and of Yozmit), 2013

Back in 2013 I must have preferred the colour version as a true representation of Yozmit’s style. Today I like the inkiness of the new version.

The original post featuring Yozmit can be found here.

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Landscape study (271019), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

Around 2013 I wanted to show my portraits alongside abstract paintings. For all sorts of reasons (one being I didn’t know that many abstract painters) it didn’t happen, so I started trying to imagine and make the kind of abstracts that might work with street portraits. Seven years later, I think I’m beginning to find stuff.

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Untitled painting sketch, 2019

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If you want to see other work, visit my Instagram here or my website here.

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Living in the Gaps (Landscape study), digital construct, dimensions variable, 2019

As some of you may know, I’m a fan of the group, The Fall, whose chief creator Mark E Smith sadly died in January 2018. This post is named after a 7″ single which was released by the group in 1982. The image above has nothing to do with The Fall, except I suppose tangentially – I’ve listened to them so much their aesthetic must have seeped into my process somewhere…

The painting below on the other hand I did “for MES” – it didn’t start out that way, but it as it neared completion it seemed to fit…anyway…

Painting for MES, 2018, Acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Diary Images

Spend so much of my time looking down nowadays…these were both taken in London in the first week of the year.

3rd January 2020
3rd January 2020

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Patti Fogarty

I’d like to dedicate this post to Patti Fogarty, who was a brilliant street photographer, portraitist and blogger (and one of the first people I “met” on WordPress). Her photographs were really something else – a celebration. I miss them and I miss her presence online. There’s a very nice tribute to Patti on Monochromia and you can see her work on her blog Nylon Daze.

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Improvisation has begun on the painting I mentioned in this post.

Image transfer got to a point where I was satisfied and away we go…I’ve also been using improvised paper stencils to open up areas of the composition…more on this soon.

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I’m currently working on this painting, which I’m toying with the idea of calling The Cacotopic Stain after a geographical area featured in a brilliant book by China Méiville entitled Iron Council.

The painting is based on a monochrome digital construct, which I’m transferring to canvas using acrylic paint and one paintbrush…

Once the image transfer is complete, I will improvise areas of colour and images on top. It’s a method I’ve adopted for the last couple of paintings. If you want to see more please visit my website: https://richardguest.art/ or my Instagram account:
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It’s been a while, but last Friday I went out with the intention of taking some photographs in the street and dropping in on Tate Modern.

Whilst I’m always on the lookout for a potential portrait, most of my time is spent collecting images of splats, scuffs, drips and abandoned carrier bags to form the basis of a digital construct.

The following were all taken last Friday…

Solid fuel tank?
The Millenium Bridge from outside Tate Modern
Ocado waste

In Tate Modern, I decided to concentrate on paintings in the main displays. I’ve been familiar with The Three Dancers by Picasso for decades, but I’ve never really looked at the surface of the painting close up.

I found this area:

fascinating. I guess I’ve always thought of Picasso paintings springing into the world fully-formed, but he obviously had problems resolving this patch…

This was my first time seeing White Plane White, 1974 by Bram Bogart as well, but I’m glad I did…

White Plane White, 1974 by Bram Bogart

In one of the rooms housing a large sculpture, I found the following stain. It must have been quite a hardcore chemical to have bleached the stone floor like this. Anyway, I love it…

Stain
Stainscape
Sulba (I think)

The stain’s got me thinking…

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To see more of my paintings, street portraits and digital constructs, please visit my website: https://richardguest.art/ or my Instagram account:
@richardguest9440

In the process of backing up a load of files, I found this run of images. These are the working “drawings” for my painting December. They are in chronological order so you can see how the image developed over time (a month or so?).

All the photographic elements are things I found in the street or in shop windows. Who is that masked man? It’s a process of accretion and deletion…What to keep and what to throw away?

And here is the final painting…

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December, acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm, 2018

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To see more of my paintings, street portraits and digital constructs, please visit my website: https://richardguest.art/

Painting in progress, plus plant

Work in progress (That’s How We Do Things #2) with plant

That’s How We Do Things #2 is one of two paintings I’m working on at the moment. This one is 80 x 80 cm. The other is 90 x 90 cm and I’m feeling the difference in scale in terms of the marks I feel I can make. Both paintings are acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas and are based on digital constructs.

Also in the works: a series of hastily assembled limited edition books collecting sketches, photos, and writing…more info soon…

Sketchbook (book ideas)

Sketchbook (book ideas)

And a new online conversation with David Cook is on the way…we’ve been to visit a couple of new exhibitions…

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If you are interested in my work, I’m an active member of the Ello community (fantastically vibrant artist’s social media platform), and post regularly on Instagram. For an overview (and to buy a limited number of prints and paintings), there’s my website: https://richardguest.art/. In the spotlight this month December:

December, 2018

December, acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm, 2018

There’s a wider selection of paintings and digital constructs available to buy on Saatchi Art and I sell prints and greetings cards on Etsy.

Sketchbook (Gambon detail)

Sketchbook (Gambon detail)

Cheerio!