This is the celebrated journal of Mr. Simon Collison A.K.A Colly

Portrait of the (former) artist

17th July 2004

I’ve added six new Photo Sets to the site, including a gallery of my artwork, showing paintings, drawings, installations and sculpture from 1996 to 2002. I originally trained as an artist, and after graduating with a Fine Art degree in 1996 I had a number of well-received exhibitions in the UK and Iceland.

artwork gallery screengrab

Sadly, I do not have time to make artwork any more, and upon purchasing my first Mac in 2000 I made the transgression to online support for other artists by founding YAH. Now, if it can’t be done with a Mac, I don’t want to know about it, and web development consumes almost all of my time. Still, here for the record is an overview of what I once did for a living. Please take a look at the gallery and let me know what you think…

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# Matthew Pennell responded on 18th July 2004 with...

<speechless>

Seriously, those are incredible - not so keen on the more conceptual stuff, but the oils are amazing.

Any plans to sell them (or are they already hanging on a collector’s wall)?

# Simon Collison responded on 18th July 2004 with...

Thanks - that’s very kind. The first two oil paintings got bought by a Doctor in Leicestershire a while back, and they now overlook Rutland Water. The Krysuvik one is owned by an arts centre in Iceland. Some of the 3D things were destroyed, and I only really have the drawings left now. It’s like looking at a past life…

# James responded on 18th July 2004 with...

Great stuff Colly. I DO like the conceptual stuff - how come some of it was destroyed? So you like landscapes huh? It’s interesting that the work based in iceland seems bolder, and a bit more energetic. Guess the landscape was a big influence. Make some more!

# Fernando Dunn II responded on 25th July 2004 with...

I particularly like your oil works. I also admire your ability to work on different mediums.

I’m stuck on graphite pencil drawings. I just can’t find the time or desire to draw much.

I’m always told that I’m wasting my talents on this computer. I just feel a need to expand them.

# Simon Collison responded on 25th July 2004 with...

Hey Fernando, I liked your drawings (especially 100 neediest cases and self-portrait) - beautifully done.

I always liked working with different mediums. With so many experiences being so different, I found it limiting to only use paint to explain them all, hence all the experiments. And, I know what you mean about the computer taking over…

# Fernando Dunn II responded on 26th July 2004 with...

I’d like to broaden my horizons, but I let myself get too comfortable with pencil and charcoal. I just like the control you get with a pencil in hand.

I have 20+ more drawings to put on my site, but my camera is a pitiful relic. I would buy another, but since my wife recently let me make a large purchase, I’m not allowed to get anything else for the rest of my life. ;)

Anyone know of a digital camera (good and inexpensive) and some best practices for photographing artwork?

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