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After a short break in Thassos, Greece it has been nice to return to drawing in the studio and preparing for several group shows this summer. shown below are 2 pieces inspired by the recent break – firstly by a book I read whilst away and secondly by the variety of different forms of nature experienced.
Finished work on the 1 metre square piece Closer, was a challenge working both in a quadrant format and also at that scale in pen ink and of course tea.
Closer illustrates our connection to nature as a two way relationship, our dependency and our appreciation
New piece of work exploring our relationship with nature growing organically but constructed around geometrical forms. Following an accident with a large cup of tea and a plan chest full of drawings!! Spilling tea on the page is a large part of my work at the moment but this mornings accident very nearly wiped out all of my recent pieces – Transferring to the portfolio now.
Decided not to work too much into this, there was enough rose leaf and enough suggestion of the overall form to leave the outer pencil marks to describe the shape. Again this piece is drawn from a reference image and has marked a departure from the automatic process, the leaves and foliage are all drawn from memory / free although I have been making studies inbetween large pieces.
Tried a new technique today to allow more light to bleed through the watercolour paper – enabling me to select more transparent areas and describe light shapes – decided to make this ‘bulb’ light box – MOTHS – which appear as the bulb is switched on.
Taking inspiration from the well-known poem by Hughes Mearns
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…
A series based on our curiosities.. Victoriana – the unseen, secrecy and obsession.