Perhaps it’s about feeling?

Along with thousands of others, over the isolation period, we took a weekly dose of Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Channel 4.  Thanks, Grayson and Philipa, it’s been a very welcome tonic. It was a little bit silly, it was a little bit odd… It was the last episode this week.

Art is about mixing it up!

Punctuating the episodes Grayson highlights some of the reasons why creating Art can be so important and relevant to people.

Mixing it up…

  • To find some truths about who we really are…
  • We have to be prepared to become vulnerable…
  • Art involves a relationship between the artist and the subject…
  • Art in whatever form you can snatch it… is a wonderful thing…
  • A place to find comfort, refuge and control…
  • You look with only your eyes… looking out through yourself…
  • Everyone has their own way of looking at the world…
  • Stop and notice the beautiful things… 

It’s about feeling. It’s about projecting our thoughts/feelings onto or into an object or image. Making an image or form via our thoughts and feelings. 

As a student, I recall reading Don McCullin ‘If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.’

As a student, when stuck creatively, we were taught to “Scamper” 

But as mentioned before; ‘theory, formula, and process might help move things along, but nothing will replace the passion and drive, the wanting, the desire, the searching, the angst, the belief, the love…’ of a person.

Perhaps, despite what we are told by realist deconstructivists et al, perhaps it’s about feeling after all! 

Listen to the noisy silence.



I AM.  Images breed Assumptions and in turn create Motives. 


You are ‘seen’ by the people you serve, the people you provide for or supply to. You are seen and your images are inescapably important.

Despite what we may think we know and subscribe to, ‘the surface’ is often all there is.  The surface is ripe for images, assumptions and motives.  We can be here today and gone tomorrow. Unless we strengthen it, reinforce it, empower it, make it engaging, memorable, true and honest, ‘the surface’ is often all there is.

Even God said “I am who I am” to Moses (Exodus 3:14)

A picture is worth 1000 words… it’s an old chestnut of a phrase, but it’s very true!

An image can be worth 1000 words, for good or ill!

That’s why, ideally, your visual imagery should be carefully considered.

Ideally, we’ll regularly reimagine images, reconsider assumptions and review our motives.

Enough waffle!

I am a creative, I create images. 

Creativity is most prevalent when one looks outside of the familiar routine. Yes, “drive” is what gets things done, but a mindful drive might be more fruitful. “Every good tree bears good fruit” through a process of simple interaction, fecundity and growth. Less haste and less speed
Perhaps Solomon said it first
“diligence leads to riches as surely as haste leads to poverty”.

JPR300It has been said that “Jules is indeed a talented and motivated individual”.

It would seem that I enjoy, and I’m good at ‘adding sizzle to the sausage’…

I am a creative and I can help you mix it up a bit!

If you think i might help you, feel free to drop me a line
or catch me on twitter.


Creative method…

Creative Art:

putting ‘stuff’ together in a new or another way, to resonate a novel or appropriate difference…
…to illuminate the familiar, to resurrect the lost, to prize grace out of joy, to make firm that that is in flux, to capture, weave or play with, to engage, disturb, entertain, please, refresh, challenge…

To be creative… living more openly, acting more honestly, and being more…

Stopping nonproductive behaviors is usually a first step in becoming more creative.

A lot has been and will be written about creativity, and it would be foolish to attempt to summarise it in a nutshell. Indeed, formula alone is not enough to guarantee results; ideally there might be feeling, emotion, logic, realisation, empathy, pain, belief, etc.
However, the creative’process’ can be a considered thing:
i. Preparation for… change
ii. Concentration and focus on… change
iii. Incubation and brewing of… change
iv. Illumination, Aha! elucidation of change
V. …verification and elaboration, developing change.

A useful idea developed in the 1970s by Robert Eberle is the acronym SCAMPER.
Eberle worked in education in the US, and studied creativity with children and teachers.
In essence it’s a creative tool that helps move you on when you might reach a blank.
SCAMPER is based on the idea that new creative work, is essentially a remix of something that is already exists.
S = Substitute (replace things with alternatives, e.g. objects, characters, media, etc.)
C = Combine (combine/blend objects or parts of objects, media, ideas, etc)
A = Adapt (borrow something from another context)
M = Magnify, Minify, Multiply (make some part larger, smaller or repeat it, enhance, distance)
P = Put to Other Uses (change the intended function of an object, a place, a character…)
E = Eliminate (remove elements or parts; cut something out; cut part of something away)
R = Rearrange/Reverse (move objects, characters, time, around. Invert, switch, pace, time etc)

But critically; theory, formula and process might help move things along, but nothing will replace the passion and drive, the wanting, the desire, the searching, the angst, the belief, the love… of the creative artist.