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.
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.
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.
I spent the last week in bed with flu. When I started to feel a bit better I did some drawing in my sketchbook. Happy to say I’m over it now and looking forward to getting work together for a group show at Espacio in April. more details about that soon!