The latest book I'm reading is Michael Craig-Martin 'On being an artist'. I have liked his work for many years, seeing his paintings and prints at the Alan Cristea Gallery, when it was in Cork Street in London and is now Cristea Roberts on Pall Mall. The book covers numerous subjects linked to art and culture. It's a very straightforward read, which I like - rather like his work. His work looks so simple, yet the simplest things are the hardest to come up with. The lightbulb sculpture shown here was at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, near Salisbury. I took this photograph almost 2 years ago and just love this piece of art. I wish I could have it my garden.
The last thing he speaks about in the book is about aspiring to be an artist. He says, "The more your art reflects you, the more it will speak to other people". Great advice, along with the most important characteristic for anyone wanting to be an artist is desire. I couldn't agree more. I remember when I was about 6 watching a programme called "Vision On" presented by Tony Hart. Each week he would show other children's art on the show and I would sit there and wish and wish I could have something shown on there. I can still remember how painful I felt watching all the typical animals, houses, family's and happy scenes float across the screen with someone's name and age on each one. If someone had told me then that I would be making art now I would have jumped for joy.