I enjoy working in a variety of media and surfaces, including sketchbooks. I often combine drawing and painting (you can read one of my studio chats about this here). In many respects, drawing is my first love! So it is probably no surprise that I love to create art on paper! However, over the last year or so, I have mainly created finished works on wood: cradle panel or ply. To an extent, I had moved away from work on paper. But in the spirit of what I call –‘All that you can’t leave behind’ I have recently returned to it. Whilst I enjoy layering materials onto boards and the evolutionary nature of it. I also love the fresh, spontaneous works on paper.Continue reading
For the last couple of weeks I have been procrastinating rather than preparing for new artwork development. There are a number of reasons why I think I’ve been hesitant. Firstly, I am doing something much bigger than I have done before in terms of the amount and variety of work. Secondly it’s a new area of work for me, (albeit with a common thread of my interest in Place). This means that there is more uncertainty of how it will evolve (although that is what makes it exciting!). Thirdly, it’s for a joint exhibition so there are insecurities about ensuring the work delivers and fits together to form a cohesive story!
I recently received a really interesting question from one of my sketchbook drawing workshop participants. He had seen another artist whom he thought had a similar ‘style’ to me. He asked: ‘Do professional artists see others (with similar ‘styles’) as rivals or fellow travellers’.Continue reading
This week, we have been able to go out and walk with fewer restrictions. This means that I have been able to get out into the landscape to draw, bringing back to my mind the question of drawing as part of the painting process. Just a couple of hours walking on Marsden Moor enabled me to create some quick simple sketches. You can see my previous blogs about drawing during lockdown here. I love to draw on location and those of you that follow my work will know that drawing is the basis of a lot of what I do.Continue reading