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