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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 and digital media.  The inspiration comes from the recent landslips on the beach at Praa Sands.





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Colour is Reasoning

Sketch for ‘Yellow Dot Cloth‘, pencil on paper

Yellow Dot Cloth, oil on card, 20cm x 18cm

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 his studio, away from nature.   For me, his drawings are so richly described with marks, stabs and dabs, it is like looking at one of his paintings.  This is unlike Philip Hughes, for instance, who makes careful pencil drawings in the landscape and later ‘fills’ the drawn areas with flat colour when he gets back to his studio.

For Yellow Dot Cloth, with a gentle nod to Bonnard, I have made a painting with only my drawing done elsewhere as a reference, and is the one I have chosen to enter for Badcocks Christmas Post Card exhibition this year.

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