October 20, 2014
The first image from today’s “Crow Priestess” photographs.
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© 2014 Paul Watson (Tumblr / Website)
With huge thanks to the Tumblr friend who modelled for both the photographs and the life drawings.

The first image from today’s “Crow Priestess” photographs.

Click through or source image for larger pic and details.

© 2014 Paul Watson (Tumblr / Website)

With huge thanks to the Tumblr friend who modelled for both the photographs and the life drawings.

October 20, 2014
From earlier today:
Life drawing, charcoal on paper (Somerset White 300gsm, velvet).565 mm × 760 mm© 2014 Paul Watson (Tumblr / Website)

From earlier today:

Life drawing, charcoal on paper (Somerset White 300gsm, velvet).
565 mm × 760 mm
© 2014 Paul Watson (Tumblr / Website)

October 19, 2014
Plan for tomorrow

Tomorrow I have the day off work, so:

  1. 30 minute run along Brighton seafront at some unearthly hour in the morning (actually ~6-7am, so not really unearthly)
  2. 3 hours finishing off painting and then preparing for…
  3. 2 hours of life drawing & 1 hour of photography (~1pm-4pm)

October 19, 2014
Today

  1. Getting used to wearing glasses, which is weird but necessary
  2. Spent 1 hour sanding a piece of woollen material to distress it in preparation for some photography tomorrow
  3. I’m now covered in bits of wool fluff
  4. As is the rest of the house
  5. Including the cats

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October 16, 2014

I’ll never understand how some people can churn out blogpost after blogpost - this one I just posted took me the best part of 2 days to write.

October 16, 2014
The present is haunted by the mythic ghost of the paleolithic wilderness

A blog post by me (for which I deserve to win the award for Most Pretentious Blog Post Title, 2014)

October 16, 2014
Never leave your bag open near a cat

Never leave your bag open near a cat

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October 14, 2014

The number of visitors my art website is getting tonight is significantly higher than a normal weekday evening.

I’m going to have to spend some time tomorrow looking at where all the traffic is coming from to find out what I did right!

October 14, 2014
The Blindfolded Seeress (1) - digital photograph (not manipulated) by me, 2014 (larger version on my main art site here)
The starting point for this series of photographs was Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi, but I’ve also been researching Veleda (possibly a Latin rendering of Veleta), a Bructerian Seeress mentioned by Tacitus (the Bructeri were a Germanic tribe in Roman imperial times).
The blind seer/ess is a common mythic archetype – including the Graeae, who had just one eyeball between them, Tiresias the prophet of Thebes, and Odin who sacrificed an eye for wisdom. The general explanation seems to be trading normal sight for second sight.

The Blindfolded Seeress (1) - digital photograph (not manipulated) by me, 2014 (larger version on my main art site here)

The starting point for this series of photographs was Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi, but I’ve also been researching Veleda (possibly a Latin rendering of Veleta), a Bructerian Seeress mentioned by Tacitus (the Bructeri were a Germanic tribe in Roman imperial times).

The blind seer/ess is a common mythic archetype – including the Graeae, who had just one eyeball between them, Tiresias the prophet of Thebes, and Odin who sacrificed an eye for wisdom. The general explanation seems to be trading normal sight for second sight.

October 14, 2014

weldiabhaltuirseach said: A photographer went around Europe taking pics of wild men, like all the rituals that still happen, think his name was Charles Freger, looks cool, don't know if that would interest you. Hey did you get round to making that oak mask, or the owl mask, you did have one in mind I remember from months ago.

Hi - yes, Freger’s photographs are great - I have his book “Wilder Mann”.

I made the oak leaf mask, but only got one photograph I was remotely pleased with: http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/artists/paul-watson/photography-2012/oak-leaf-mask-01 - I may try making another to see if it’s better. The owl mask hasn’t been made yet, but it’s on the list for the long winter months. :)

October 13, 2014

Anonymous said: Make me an art

I would if had any energy or motivation, but a hectic Monday at the day job has robbed me of that.

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October 13, 2014

My inbox is open for questions, suggestions for artwork, weirdness, and other insanity.

Anything other than continuing work on this damn painting.

http://lazcorp.tumblr.com/ask

October 12, 2014

Every few months I get the urge to paint. I don’t know why because I’m not a painter - I can draw, I can photograph, I can make prints, but I can’t paint.

But sometimes painting is the easiest medium to get a vague idea nailed down, even if the resulting painting gets taken off the easel, turned against the wall, and never spoken of again.

October 12, 2014
Work-in-progress

Work-in-progress

October 12, 2014
Rough underpainting for an idea. It may change dramatically. No idea where this one is going (might be the bin)

Rough underpainting for an idea. It may change dramatically. No idea where this one is going (might be the bin)