Candy Stripes and Winter Blues

Tammie and I found ourselves on a deserted beach at West Wittering, one rather cold and wet day this week. This punctuated orange triangle stood out from the crowd We dried ourselves out and warmed ourselves up in the pub afterwards Then I found this in my bedroom. For other Converge posts, this weeks’ photo…

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Layered Textures of a Pilgrimage

Exploring physical textures is a constant theme that runs through my life like a thread that gets woven into every aspect of what I am doing, thinking or creating.  Last month that ‘textures thread’ was ‘grown’ in a digital 3D lab to create a collaborative artwork for the The All Makers Now ? Conference exhibition at…

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Corroded Quarry Doors: A New Surface Landscape Narrative

“….I began to photograph the detail in the huge rusting metal doors belonging to the largest building on the site when I heard what I at first thought to be people working inside.  Squinting into the interior gloom through a hole in the rust, I realised it must be some loose shuttering banging in the…

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Marking Time.

Landslip 1 & 2 The subject is the same for both images but there are seventeen years that separate them.  There is nothing new about whole chunks of cliff face falling onto the beach and we have witnessed more cliff falls than usual this winter.  But as a subject that I have returned to it…

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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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Beach Chevron

The post has arrived and no messages of love for me today (though I did get a special text message)! If you look hard enough you often find signs in nature that capture your imagination and make you believe that they were meant for you as a personal symbol.  Sometimes I will ask for a…

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My Exoskeleton

Carapace. Noun. Hard outer coating of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles. syn: shell, cuticle, shield. While we are on the subject of hard outer coatings, (apropo previous post, Crustaceans), by changing one simple vowel for another in the middle of the word carapace, turns it into my very own version: caropace. Caropace. Noun.…

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‘Mac’, the Archive Pics

When I asked my daughter what she would like as a wedding present, she said she would love a painting of her beloved horse, Mac.  That was a year ago.  Their first anniversary (May 21st) is fast approaching and I am determined that they will finally receive their wedding gift! The problem for me has…

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A Smaller Picture

With David Hockney’s eagerly awaited new exhibition, A Bigger Picture, just opening at the RA, and everyone clambering to see it, I am experiencing a bit of a dilemma at the moment.  You see, I’ve already discovered the graphic delights of my iphone apps and realised the enormous potential this could have for a whole…

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Collaboration

The omens are good!  After an intense week of activity for our Transformation ‘scratch night’ and the ‘Britain in a Day’ project, I felt we needed to reassess the progress of our collaboration thus far.   I was also feeling I needed more studio time to develop work from the video footage we have done…

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