The old spruce that once grew with such grace and patience, now grants its strength to the delicate sheet that receives the faint markings of the pencil, and to the seemingly irregular lines forced upon it by a gentle hand.
At a first glance, the lines on the page become chaotic. An entangled mess of dark and light, like the roots of the tree that once bore it. You see only what you want to see. Yet to the tree, and to the artist, there is so much more - so much that has yet to be revealed.
As the sun fades and the full moon rises, the internal workings start to become clear. The once messy, dirty, often unintelligible markings that made no sense now start to form clearer patterns and shapes, visible to the untrained observer.
But unlike the observer, who only saw something resembling a child’s kindergarten drawing at first, the artist visualised the finished piece long before putting pencil to paper.
In art as in love, instinct is enough. Though we often see what we want to see, nothing is simply black and white.
A sculpture is born and finished in the artist’s mind long before the painstaking exertions of his hand had even begun. The artist knows that the beauty was always there; he’s just cleared away the excess material so that everyone can marvel at the underlying beauty.
What art and instinct have often told me in life is that very few things appear to be what they are meant to be.
A finished piece of art can look amazing, yet is only as strong as the material it is created upon. Ice sculptures look spectacular; but it’s in their nature to melt, leaving their ephemeral beauty forgotten, nothing more than a puddle on the floor.
The images you see displayed in this blog are some of my finished commissions in a new artistic field I have found myself more and more attracted to - digital art. Those of you who know me well will be used to my regular pencil drawing, but the discovery of being able to replicate my skill on an iPad has really set my artist’s spider senses tingling! I am humbled by the feedback I had and the knowledge that the emotions that these pieces have created are priceless. Having someone tell you that they started crying with emotion at the sight of the image of their child is a feeling beyond words.
It makes me feel good knowing that they appreciate and value my work so highly. Art is there, after all, to be enjoyed.
With the Tour De France coming up in July, and the Grand Depart stage going right past the top of my road, I will be present in the North Leeds area for pretty much most of the day. I have a few other commercial jobs planned too.
David Oakes Photography in the Community
I am also proud to announce that David Oakes Photography is also helping a little in the Community – I am providing photography services on 11 July for a spectacular show at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax –“Tour de Force” is inspired by, and themed for the Tour de France and performers are the students from the Ravenscliffe High School in Halifax, a special needs school lik+e no other, rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for years in a row.
More than 500 people are already coming along! The show features the remarkable and often unexpected talents of over 100 students from Calderdale's three special schools; Ravenscliffe, Highbury and Wood Bank, together with the musicians of 'Souled Out Band'. Jam-packed with live music, dance and performance on both stage and screen, the show promises to astonish and delight in equal measure.
Ravenscliffe are also fundraising for a new building, and David Oakes Photography participated in their ‘Buy a Brick’ initiative, donating money and having our name mentioned on the new building’s wall. Check out the wonderful work these fantastic guys do at Ravenscliffe High School / Ravenscliffe@SpringHall!