not moleskine

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.

some drawings from ‘not moleskine’

 

the season changes

the air has the smell of bonfires about it with the sound of crunchy leaves underfoot. the temperature has dropped to almost winter levels and we are on our way through autumn with darker afternoons and longer evenings ahead.  as usual there is still a lot going on in and out of the studio but I’m wearing warmer clothes now.

I’m happy to be an invited artist in a group show,  Shifting States,  at Espacio Gallery in London from 29 November to 11 December.

I will be showing work that began in the depths of the Dorset countryside adjacent to the sea along the Jurassic Coast. Taking inspiration from Seamus Heaney’s poem The Loaning, an Irish word for a pathway between two fields, I used the landscape as a compositional tool to play with colour, texture, space and form. a sense of being betwixt and between informed the work resulting in the lines between representation and abstraction becoming increasingly blurred.

 

and I have work in 2 upcoming print shows:                                                                                                 the Printmakers Council  Loosely Bound 18 November to 1 December and                             East London Printmakers Festival of Print  2 – 11 December

In October I was delighted to have  3 pieces from my history painting series on show at the Wells Art Contemporary annual exhibition in the Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset. they were selected by Justin Mortimer, one of the judges this year.  Since I saw his portrait of Harold Pinter in 1992 I have liked and followed his work so it was a pleasure meeting him at the private view and I was happy to be able to thank him for selecting my work for the show.

 

time flies

I’ve had such a busy summer I’m practically tripping over myself as I realise it’s October already! playing with colour and texture,  marrying linocuts with paint, paper and ink. here is a selection of linocut prints from the last 3 months

I’ve been looking at composition, and making studies with ink, chalk and charcoal

I’ve done some painting too and this is my favourite from the summer’s easel

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in the garden

I found a shady spot in the garden and looked at the agapanthus for an afternoon in July.

in the garden

lovely June days and a little time to sit  in the garden. the rabbits have left me a few plants, mainly the ones that are too tall for them to treat as a buffet lunch!

adventures in the material world

Happy to be included in the Material World,  2 part exhibition curated by  Shizico Yi, talented and energetic champion of the arts. wonderful to have an image in the catalogue (Catherine, ink and charcoal, from my ‘resting eyes’ series)  with a write up about my work, by Imogen Eveson

night driving. I drew what I remembered from the night before. charcoal and gouache on paper

those birds just won’t fly the coop, who knows when they’re going to leave?

some days are just for the birds, plain and simple