(video) Exploring landscape edgelands with a concertina sketchbook

During the last year I have been exploring the landscapes that surround me here in Saddleworth. I will be sharing the work in an exhibition at Gallery Oldham in spring 2022. Therefore, I have been using a variety of different drawing, painting and mark making approaches to gather the information on location for subsequent paintings. You can read more about them here. One area of interest is the field and path edges and margins. I have been exploring the edgelands with a collaged concertina sketchbook. Edgelands are the places where the stone walls and rickety fences and wires are found. They sit alongside a mix of wild planting. I am fascinated by the shapes and lines and how the two interact.

Edgelands concertina sketchbook

Exploring edgelands with a collaged concertina sketchbook

In this blog, I share 3 videos that show how I have first created a collaged background. I then go out into the landscape to explore the edges and margins. I work over the collaged pages with various mark making tools. In the final video I share the completed collage sketchbook.

Using a small A6 concertina sketchbook to create a mixed media collage background:

Out and about in the landscape working over the prepared background. I edit and modify the pages back in the studio:

This final video shares a talk through of my finished sketchbook. I share thoughts and approaches that I took in creating and completing the pages:

I will use these studies alongside other drawings and mark making, as inspiration for paintings back in the studio.

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2 thoughts on “(video) Exploring landscape edgelands with a concertina sketchbook

  1. Have just watched these 3. Really interesting thanks. You are so generous about your process and materials. Has inspired me to ‘get on with it’!

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