A manifesto (of sorts) 0.2

Be open, be honest.

Trust my instincts.

Embrace the random (it’s all meaningless anyway).

To paraphrase, make the work like nobody is watching.

Make the work like I don’t give a fuck (because I really do give a fuck).

My role as an artist is to serve the work.

Drink the best beer I can afford, and don’t be afraid of the cheap stuff. A cheap, cold lager on a hot summer’s day really hits the spot.

Context, context, context.

Engage with the history of art. Or not. But at least make the decision a conscious one.

In fact, make sure all decisions are conscious ones.

Don’t be lazy.

Push the work.

Be wary of formula.

Good work has it’s own internal logic.

Fight the resistance – get off my arse, get in to the studio and get to work.

There are no shortcuts worth taking in painting – I have to put in the hours.

Amplify my idiosyncrasies.

Intent matters.

Be true (whatever that is).

Never paint drunk.

Believe in my work – if I don’t, no-one else will.

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Open your eyes and you will see it
It’s obvious, it’s love.

Do it now by Half Japanese

Work in progress - Guston pink.

Work in progress
acrylic on canvas
508 × 609mm

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