And now for something completely different. My sketching habits have slipped by the wayside recently, so I’ve decided to take part in InkTober, an initiative to encourage regular sketching. The idea is to create a sketch a day or one a week. I find challenging myself helps with motivation. So I’ll share my sketches here as I do them. I still plan to post my regular new work posts, so this will be something extra. Please note, these will be sketches and not fully worked up drawings. In other words, there will be errors, but that’s the beauty of sketches, they are raw and spontaeous, and not always accurate. I fully intended to start Inkober on day 1, but stuff happened, so I’m a little behind. Here is my first ink sketch, done during my son’s Japanese lesson this morning. We meet the tutor in Costa, so I tend to have a coffee and a read or sketch while I’m waiting… It’s a hard life innit? If you fancy joining me you can find out more about InkTober here. Or maybe you’ve set yourself another challenge?
Don’t you just love surprises? I had a lovely one this week. The wonderful people at Empty Easel have included me as a featured artist with an article written by Cassie Rief. As an artist you tend to speak in a visual language As a result, reflecting your thoughts in words can be more difficult. It’s always an interesting exercise to see how others describe your work. Sometimes it can be harsh and humbling. So it comes as a joy to see others enthuse about your work. I love the section “When you walk the same streets every day, they can become redundant. You stop observing the sights, and instead, turn your focus on each cement block in the sidewalk as you pass them by. Catching a Tram from the Library take this seemingly routine moment and makes it an adventure again!” Attempting to convey your ideas verbally can sometimes be an uphill struggle, so to see another accurately describing the features you laboured over in a way that conveys your intention precisely is a huge bonus. There’s an overwhelming feeling of “Yeah, she gets my work!” Other people can hit on something, you’re aware of at a conscious or […]
Is it “cheating” to trace when creating a painting? I’ve always resisted the urge to trace images from photographs but recently I’ve been wondering why. Lots of artists do it. Does it really matter if I haven’t painstakingly rendered my subject in pencil before the painting process begins? Is it less of an artform if I do? The dream and vision are still there. Some artists don’t even create there own paintings – take Damian Hurst’s famous spot paintings, he’s only done 25 out of 1,365 himself. It’s something of a personal dilemma. There’s a part of me that says if I haven’t drawn freehand the value of the work is somehow less. How? I’m not sure, but less all the same. I don’t have any arguments to support it, it’s just how my mind works. But I’m finding my reticence worn down. The reason for my quandry is I want to paint more. I spend many hours on the pencil sketch and masking but only an hour or two maximum actually painting. And that’s the fascinating part I want to do more of. I’d also like to be able to offer small architectural works. The time I’d need to […]
Time for change. If you’ve been following me for any time, you’ll know I’ve been busy with exhibitions and open studios. As well as working on commissions and moving studio. I’ve also been experimenting with lino printing, paper clay and graffiti walls. It’s important to do these things and lots of fun. But it’s important to refocus on what you do best from time to time. For the Oxford College series I’m choosing images of the whole building. And it works for them… But I’ve been hankering to do something abstract and focus on architectural detail. After all the other stuff going on I decided it was time I got on and did it. So, here are some Contemporary Cloisters in Wolfson College Oxford. They’ll get the abstract treatment soon. Once I’ve masked everything… So what have you been neglecting lately?
Last weeks work in progress is taking longer to dry than anticipated. New studio + no heating+ outside temperature is dropping = slow drying So in the meantime, I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been thinking about doing some prints and working on textured application of the ink for a while now. The first thing to do is a print plate. So lino cutting it is. The block is progressing well. I’ll post the first prints next week sometime. And the finished Marylebone picture, of course! Watch this space…