Art on Paper- What’s not to love?

Ar on paper-what's not to love?

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. 

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Drawing as part of the painting process

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.  

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A market hall exhibition: My About Ashton Series

These days there are all sorts of places for exhibiting art, outside of the traditional gallery. Pop up Galleries, Art Fairs, Open Studios, Pubs and cafes etc are all possibilities. But it’s not always easy to know what is going to work best for your work. There are definitely pros and cons, and often there appear to be positive and less positive experiences for any one of these! Therefore, I am taking the approach of keeping an open mind and just going with what feels right.

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