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.