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.
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 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
The days are getting a little bit longer and I saw the first snowdrops of the year this morning. Happy New Year to you all!
Coming up in March I have work in a show to celebrate Women’s History Month at Espacio Gallery in London’s Shoreditch. A massive subject and overwhelming in many ways but really all history is Women’s History and all women affect other women. My approach is a stream of consciousness/interior monologue/mindstream, but in visual terms. A dozen women who have touched my life in some way, resulting in my own history.
I have some work with 11 other artists showing our own unique journeys into making art. each artist is ‘making seen’
the creative processes essential to the development of their work, allowing the viewer a glimpse into sources of inspiration. an invitation to see the ideas unfold, evolve and eventually develop into finished pieces.
the first portrait I made for the resting eyes series was my youngest daughter who is a musician. she appears again to celebrate the release of her new single, Our Girl, together with her two band mates, in the latest drawing in this series and the first to include more than 1 person.