Thursday, December 31, 2009

goodbye 2009!

sketch 15th december: love song for whoever
collograph, pencil and gouache on book page with found date stamps

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

sketch 13th december: what have i done?
collograph, pencil and gouache on book page

in the studio...

28th december 2009, expired polaroid 600 film...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

sketch 12th december: pure wonderment...
collograph, pencil and gouache on book page

r.i.p - vic chesnutt

photo by jem cohen (from

Listen. Vic Chesnutt :: Flirted with you all my life

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

season's greetings!

I'm signing off now for a week or so but just thought I'd drop in to wish you a merry christmas and happy new year! Thanks for stopping by, leaving comments and enjoying the work and waffle I make.

I'll be having a massive third anniversary sale in the shop in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for stuff as I'll be adding things as and when I can. Followed by a fresh new look and a few changes in the new year - I can't wait!

So, stay warm, put your feet up and remember: the calories don't count for the next 10 days!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Louis Reith...

Some of you may know that I run the artworks on book pages group on flickr. I spend most of my time weeding out all of the sketchbook submissions to the group as people don't realize what kind of books I'm on about. Yesterday I had one of the most stunning submissions - see above work from Louis Reith - and had to take a little lay down, after spending quite a while just gazing at them, to calm my beating heart. So simple. So good! View the full set here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

will they/won't they?

The 's' word that is. No sign of it yet. I've never seen clouds move so fast! Took all of these pictures in the space of a few minutes this afternoon as the sun was going down - quite amazing to watch! Trying to stay warm whilst drawing today - I've fashioned a balaclava-type thing out of an old wooly black hat. Now, when I sit at my desk I look like a baby/burglar/sado-masochist - and I won't be showing you any pictures of me in it!! My head is warm though...ahh...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

just a little doodle from my day to's sooo cold I can hardly keep myself warm! two jumpers and a hat and a scarf indoors for me, huddled up by the radiator working on some doodles...

thanks to those who shared some links last week, I'm going to make myself a big cup of tea and have a good nose at them later on.

keep warm wherever you are!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

share some love...

Going back through recent posts this morning, trying to find where I lost the plot with regular posting, I noticed I haven't shared many links of late so today I thought I'd share some blog love with you.

I'm really enjoying Claire Loder's blog - its good to see a British artist blogging (or maybe they do and I just haven't found many of them) - i love her whimsical heads!

Anonymous works is a blog about 'American primitive folk art, vernacular photography, outsider art, basically anything visually interesting and great.' Some of the stuff uncovered by this blog has to be seen to be believed - especially this massive collection of pressed four leaf clovers - amazing!

Artwork and photographs from Hanna on Kiddet are simple and beautiful...

Bold and graphic yet feminine artwork by Camilla over at Pop Life blog never fails to intrigue...

If you have a favorite blog or link to something of note please join in and share your links in the comments...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

i've decided it's okay to love rubbish...

We recently had our very big and very dilapidated shed removed from the bottom of our garden. While I await its replacement I've been sifting (literally) through the remaining rubble separating compostable and non compostable waste (note: I am a composting geek) and preparing the ground. I've been making a pile of the interesting objects I've turfed up and made a little display of my faves. It really is okay to love rubbish.

Check out the organized collection group on flickr.

Monday, December 07, 2009

double whammy

sketch 4th december: something so utterly sublime...
pencil and gouache on hardback book cover

sketch 21st november: people mountain...
pencil and gouache on hardback book cover with found child's drawings and writing

Thursday, December 03, 2009

for a dark and rainy day

I think we can safely say I've lost my blogging thread right now...but here's this month's mix! With tunes from Portico Quartet, Anna Ternheim, Molina and Johnson, Le Loup, Wye Oak, Alasdair Roberts, Richard Walters & Faultline, The Choir of Young Believers, Thom Yorke and The Rural Alberta Advantage...make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and have a listen for half an hour. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, November 30, 2009

moving on...

Between now and the end of January I am having a big sale in the shop on framed drawings, with most pieces now priced with 1/3 off! Come the end of January I will be thinking about spring cleaning the shop and removing many old pieces and putting them into storage - get them while you can!

Friday, November 27, 2009

the return of the secret self...

sketch 26th november: my secret self/on tenterhooks...
pencil and gouache on hardback book cover

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Getting back into the swing of things today with the first sketch not to included a geometric shape for the past couple of weeks! I've been ruminating and I find the shapes are the only thing I can draw when my mind is really else where...

Have a good thanksgiving holiday all you peeps in the USA!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Just to let you know I'll be at Clutter City at Norwich Arts Centre this weekend with my usual boxes of drawings, prints and books! Come and buy some lovely handmade goodies to give as xmas presents!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

sketch 20th november - slowly, cautiously...
pencil and gouache on book page

Sunday, November 22, 2009


New mini print set and individual mini prints are now available in le shop!

Friday, November 20, 2009

the nights are drawing in...

I'd like to say that there's loads of drawings happening at the moment but I think I have strained my eyes and I just can't stand to look at anything!! I'm off to rest my weary eyes...

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

i love a good stain...

sketch 17th november: exemplary simulacrum
pencil and gouache on book page with found writing and stain

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

use your imagination

On saturday I had the pleasure of attending a gig/film screening as part of Norwich's annual Aurora festival, with music by Alasdair Roberts and short films by Luke Fowler. Apart from the pretentious art types who insisted on standing behind me saying things like 'oh yah, this is reeaaally abstract...' loudly during the performance (seriously, what is wrong with people who do this!?) I can report that it was a truly interesting, if not always in synch, gig.

Sadly I forgot my camera and I think it would have made some beautiful photos as there were a lot of vast empty landscapes and mist. However, I've found if you play these 2 you tube clips at the same time you kind of get the effect! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

observation point...

I've finally been able to get enough good photographs of the new book to be able to put it out there! I'm not sure it's for everyone but I'll let my notes on how it came together do the talking...

It's funny how things come together. This book came together as if from nowhere but is also something I've had at the back of my mind for some time. I love to collect old photographs. I pick them up from wherever I am in the world. Most recently I discovered that I had amassed a collection of just vast, empty landscapes. Often sun bleached, scratched, torn, dirty or so minimal there was barely anything to make out that the image became abstracted I was drawn to their feeling of loneliness. To the feeling of the photographer being the only person left in the world and this is what the could see and felt inspired to capture on film, in the moment. simplicity. proximity.

Around the same time as I had been searching through these photographs, selecting which ones were my favorites and wondering about presenting them in a book like format I had been looking closely at enlarged images of a piece of dust. Looking at it in different ways, screwing it up, flattening it out, trying to get right in there with the fibers. I made a few, simple almost abstract drawings from the enlargements. And then it struck me how close in feeling these drawings were to the landscapes. simplicity. proximity again. nearness in space, time, relationship. vastness of the world. all comes down to dust.

observation point...a book of found vintage photographs and drawings of dust...

a small book about space and time

16 black and white or sepia reproductions of vintage photographs

6 drawings of dust

signed edition of 25

beautiful digital printing on heavyweight acid free paper

hand bound with translucent cover

5.8 x 8.3" approximately

visit the Restless Things shop to purchase

That's it. It's such a simple thing but I hope someone out there enjoys it. I have the snuffles at the moment so it's lots of hot tea and random embroidery for me today...stay warm!

Monday, November 09, 2009

shop update!

Recent drawings now available!

New prints!

Not much else to report here apart from I am behind with everything including announcing shop updates!! New prints and many recent drawings are now available over in the Restless Things shop...don't forget christmas is coming!

Friday, November 06, 2009


I have been busy today trying to finish up the new book I mentioned a few posts ago. Sadly, the sun has buried itself beneath masses of clouds and does not look like he's coming out to play today and I just can't get enough good pics - bah! Here's a little sneaky peak for the time being...

Thursday, November 05, 2009

sketch 5th november: it all comes down to this...
pencil and gouache on book page

our lives are buried in snow...

I didn't think I'd have enough time since getting back from my hols to
listen to a great deal of music. But I was wrong. Here's my top tunes
from the past couple of weeks with tracks from le loup, the aliens,
molina and johnson...there's always time for music, right?

I forget where I came across the work of Hannah Kasper but it's really special.

Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm pottering around today trying to tie up lots of loose ends as I have a busy (not in a good way) week next week. Fingers crossed, there will be some new prints in the shop on Sunday plus some of the 'my secret self' sketches I was working on before I went away. I was hoping for there to be more of a series of those but I just can't seem to pick up where I left off...

I'm also working on a new book which I'm hoping to debut next sunday. I'm really enjoying playing with the whole book format at the moment as it's something I've been wanting to dive into for a while but the way into it has been eluding me...

I'll leave you with some great tunes on Daytrotter for your weekend...

Happy halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ed and jean

Ed and Jean, where are you now?

Thing of beauty or a thing of 'eewww' - I'm sure people will be divided on the matter. But I, of course, am completely in love with this little bundle of golden hair. I love how it's two separate shades of gold but over the years in the envelope they've felted together...

I bought it at a flea market whilst away in New York and whilst holding it in my hand as I browsed through the other fine junk I was thinking - how do you put a price on an old lump of hair? Would it be $2 or $20 - hmmmm...

Me: how much for this?
Vendor: (looking horrified) just give me how much you think it's worth...
Me: how about $2? (cunning, no?)
Vendor: weeeelll, I was thinking more like $5...
Me: ooh, I'd have to think about it (I am a cheapskate)
Vendor: ok! ok! call it $3!

Never has there been so much haggling over a lump of old hair!!?

Now, what will I do with it?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

sketch 28th october: dust study...
pencil on book page

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

sketch 2nd october: similar, but not quite the same...
pencil and gouache on book page

Monday, October 26, 2009


I just wanted to say a BIG THANKS to anyone who has supported my work and bought something from the Restless Things shop...I'm celebrating 1000 sales today! I feel quite a sense of achievement having finally reached that four digit number and I couldn't have done it without you.

I was intending on taking some snaps of purchases from my trip but the sun just wasn't going to pop his head out today. You'll have to make do with a few scans of some photos I got of old film stars on tv/cinema screens...i love these kinds of photos! Let's hope it brightens up later in the week...