I’ve been invited to spend 3 days drawing with ink and chopsticks as part of the Chidwickbury Arts Fair! click on the photo below for all the details. it would be great to see you there in the grounds of the wonderful Chidwickbury Estate. I’ve never participated in anything like this before and am looking forward to it.
I have some new summer monoprints for sale in my shop!
and finally, if you read my last blog post you’ll know that two of my sketchbooks were selected for Sketch 17 at the Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire. This exhibition of 100 sketchbooks is now going on tour to the following venues:
I’ve been part of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party since 2010. a group of delightful, talented people from all walks of life, all drawing each other in all corners of the world! it has changed my life in many ways, all for the better, too many to recount here. I’ve met quite a few of the artists in the ‘real’ world and hope to meet more as time goes on.
Portrait Revolution has just been published, a book full of inspiration, tips and techniques for creating portraits from people in the Portrait Party. I am delighted to be one of 15 featured artists in the book.
I found out today that two of my recent sketchbooks have been selected for the Rabley Drawing Centre Sketch 17 drawing prize and touring exhibition! one is Not Moleskine which I recently wrote about in this blog and the other is Unseeing and Now Broken. you can see my Facebook album with the drawings from this sketchbook here –
decay, appropriation, power, fallen regime, history, myth, nothing lasts. beauty does. looking at the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. and other things.
the end of year festivities and ringing in 2017 were all very sedate for me this year. after my last blog post I developed pneumonia and was poorly throughout the holiday period. happily, family and friends took very good care of me and I’m grateful for that. I’m fully recovered but my drawing mojo went walkabout which worried me. I needed to find a way back to regular studio practice.
being part of a large artist community on facebook meant I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. a friend and marvellous artist François Dupuis posted a drawing every day last year drawn in a small moleskine notebook. our work is very different and my intention wasn’t to emulate but it seemed a good way to get back into some drawing rhythm. little and often. and I had an empty lined notebook “not moleskine” in the studio!
and gathering energy I now have a shop where some of my ink and chopstick drawings are available and can be bought directly. I will be adding to and updating this regularly.
a little later than planned, my new year post. wishing you all a healthy, peaceful and creative 2016.
december in the english countryside, dead pheasants are hanging everywhere. on people’s front doors and gates, left by someone who’s shot too many and thinks the recipients would be glad of a roast. yes, a little shocking but true and there they are hanging in all their beauty or lying on the side in someone’s kitchen or at the butcher’s. they run across the road in front of cars in the lanes, no flight, a stupid weaving like a drunk across the path of oncoming cars. everywhere and I didn’t think about it really except that I find them beautiful even when no longer alive. for awhile at least. and there’s a tradition in ‘art’ to paint them. my sketchbook is full of them. here is a selection of monoprints, drawings and paintings. I’m wondering what it means and hope to find out as I carry on.
I’ve recently spent time in the east end of London visiting someone at the hospital there. Having coffee, chatting and walking around I saw a different culture to mine in this part of the city. Using watercolour I have tried to capture some aspects of this in a small sketchbook.
I took my portraits to the gallery today for hanging. while they have been framed and wrapped waiting to go I’ve carried on with my abandoned farms. some drawings in my sketchbook
and three small paintings
I have two more paintings on the easel but am finding it difficult to get what I want from them. when this happens, as it does from time to time, I find the best thing is to leave it completely and focus on something else. I used up the paint on my palette with two quick studies of a gerbera and a cyclamen on my kitchen window sill.
walking the dog in the english countryside I am struck by the quiet and emptiness of many of the farm buildings I pass. many of these buildings don’t fit the methods of modern agricultural practice and are left to decay. often too, economic factors mean no money for maintenance. I have made sketchbook drawings and paintings exploring these abandoned farms with their absence of activity. I plan to continue with this theme and create a new series of work from it.