A Creative Retreat: Part Two

Room to Grow My intention is to use my time on Bryher (see part one) as a space to make work.  That’s fine, but I discover that when it comes to it, I am left wondering, is that what I really want to do?  I unpack my boxes of materials, open my sketch books, but when…

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Signs and Sigels

Signs and Sigels is the title for the ‘Notebook‘ (part 1) I am currently working on, inspired by my St. Michael’s Way walk back in July, The Adventure Starts Here.  I have submitted it for The Newlyn / Exchange Collective Exhibition by artist volunteers at the Newlyn Gallery, even though it is still a work…

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A Digital Scrap-Book

Sorting out all my pictures has got me thinking about my sketchbooks pages, and sketchbooks in general.  In the past, I have used  sketchbooks as a convenient way for experimenting with ideas in an unfettered, non-judgmental way, only selectively showing what I felt ready to make public. Now more than two years down the line…

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Note to Self

As my working space has shrunk to a small kitchen table, I have cut my (table) cloth accordingly.  Thus, the humble post-it note has become my scaled-down sketchbook for the time-being.  These images all began with pencil drawings arranged on a grid of post-it notes.  Layers have been added to build up images with overlays…

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The Crustaceans

Crustaceans. Noun: any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton. syn: crustacean.  (Just hold that thought for a moment). Waiting for the BT Man to come and connect me to the grid one typically drizzly winter’s afternoon recently, I opened my sketch book and began drawing the whippets, my feet propped…

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Lula’s Anemones

For Lula, In Memoriam Anemone – meaning woodland flower. Narcissus – Greek God who fell in love with his own image. Towards the end of November last year, I received the news we had all been dreading but sadly expecting.  My beautiful sister-in-law, Lula – who had just reached her 60th Birthday (but didn’t look…

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Colour is Reasoning

The Post-impressionist painter, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) wrote in a diary, ‘Drawing is sensation. Colour is reasoning‘.    For an artist who made drawings in his diaries I assume this is a reference to his working method where he quickly recorded his sensations in front of nature.  Colour, on the other hand, was only ever used in…

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Kitchen Clutter

Be warned, this is not a pretty sight!  As promised, rough and ready drawings without any attempt to tidy things up for ‘show’.  This is raw and exposed ‘sketchbook pages’.

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……..but the Kitchen Sink

In search of inspiration to get me out of a creative rut which is rendering me impotent at the moment, I spent a whole morning sharpening up my pencils in preparation for some serious ‘drawing’ action.  (Is this just another cleverly disguised avoidance action?) Anyway, for the next few days, I’ve tasked myself with producing…

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Music In Lamorna’s Valley

The sound of the stream gushing over tiny falls in its relentless rush down the valley to spew its contents into the sea, is the most arresting thing that hits your senses the moment you open the gate to the path that leads down to the small studio cottage, one of three that the artist,…

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