Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

it's all in the details...

within reach...
pencil, water-color pencil and gouache on book page

A new piece that seemed to take an eternity to finish because sometimes old paper, no matter how lovely and mottled it looks, can be a total absorbent bastard, slurping every last drop of liquid from my paint brush when I'm trying to do the smallest element! 

Thank heavens for the water-color pencils that enabled me to actually get some detail into this piece. I was on the verge of throwing it out the window. 

This is the first 'bigger' piece I've completed in quite a while at about 10 x 14 inches. I've been finding that the small, book page sketches have been more interesting to work on and have found my endeavors at working larger quite trying! Here's to some more bigger pieces in the coming weeks!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

milky white...


It's funny sometimes how inspiration seeps into your brain and you don't realize its actually happened until a much later date. You may have noticed that one has become a three columned blog (after much grief) and have been introducing some little bubbles and bubble people down the left had side of the bloggy. There will be more of those to follow as they are from some work that's off to a show next month and I'll show it in full nearer the time. It wasn't until I drew this face on my color test sheet the other day that I understood what had inspired these bubble people...the moon ...always makes me smile.

Have a good weekend! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What do you think?

sketch 6th april: a little unsure...
pencil and gouache on book page

Today I have a question for you. It's one that I often wonder about with regards to my own work and more importantly my shop. I thought this might be the place to have a bit of a reader's poll!

If you were going to buy a piece of artwork what would appeal to you more: the piece being framed or unframed?

I've always had a mixture of the two in my shop because that's the way it happens - sometimes pieces are returned from galleries and although upon occasion I am able to re-use frames I think framing really sets off a piece and also helps protect it as some of my work is quite delicate. But I guess the simple style of frames that I might use aren't to everyone's taste! 

Any thoughts?

I also wanted to thank everyone for their lovely comments of late. It's nice to know there are people out there!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

found: one small horse...

Brought to life...
pencil and gouache on book page with found drawing of a horse

Monday, April 20, 2009

it's not often that I draw vampire snakes but...

things you don't yet understand...
pencil and gouache on book page with found child's drawing 
best viewed bigger here.

I spent a few days last week trawling around for lovely old paper and let me tell you I've found some beauties! Pics to follow...

Trying to cope today with roadworks outside my house...the intricate work of Catherine Stack is making the noise fade away into the background - go take a look!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

mysterious agency...



the weight of this mysterious agency,
pencil and gouache on hardback book cover with found writing...

A transcript of the writing can be found here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

knowledge...

sketch 10th april: knowledge...
pencil and gouache on hardback book cover

I came across a quote recently that feels very significant to my work. I'm not sure that this sketch necessarily represents it well but it's a starting point...

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know - that is true knowledge. Confucious.

what happens in-between...

what happens in-between
pencil and gouache on the reverse of an old photograph...

Here's my piece for the aforementioned show...forgot to include it in yesterday's post...



Monday, April 13, 2009

You've got the light in your eyes...


Just a little heads up on what looks set to be a great show at Needles & Pens in San Francisco...

You've Got The Light In Your Eyes has been curated by Meighan from the fab art blog My Love For You Is A Stampede of Horses and includes a selection of her favorite creative types including...1911...kate bingaman burt...jill bliss...will bryant...kime buzzelli...john casey...lisa congdon...liam devowski...bill dunlap...kenn goodall...maxwell loren holyoke hirsh...know hope...olivia jeffries...aidan koch...ashley lande brown...jeremiah maddock...leslie martinez...terri olsen von schaub...mike perry...shannon rankin...dan szymanowski...be sure to take some time to check out these names because there is some seriously exceptional art to be found! 

It's really quite exciting to see my name there with some artists that I've admired for a long time and it's a shame that I'm not quite rich enough to whizz over there and see how it's all come together! Boo!

From May 2nd onwards...
Needles + Pens
3253 16th street
SF, CA
94103

Friday, April 10, 2009

choices...


One man's junk is another another person's treasure...an impromptu visit to a massive antiques and collectors fair today yielded the above beauty amongst other gems. It was worthless so the vendor gave it to me for free. Junk or treasure? You decide! My only dilemma is which side to work on. Choices, choices.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

next time...

sketch 9th april: maybe next time I will remember your face...
pencil and gouache on book page

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

beginnings...


Beginnings from earlier this week...and they're coming on a treat today!

Just noticing the paper from yesterday's post has a watermark that says 1829!

Cranking it up in the studio today...music from Woods...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

something extraordinary...


I found this special piece of paper on my trip to London last week and have been waiting for enough light to be able to photograph it. I' guessing that it had been resting against an old scrapbook page for many years and has made a print of the page which was covered in busts. The result of this 'resting' has left these ghostly figures printed all over the page. I'm in love and not really sure where to start with such a lovely thing...it's got my brain a-whirring though!

Monday, April 06, 2009

patience is a virtue...

Sketch 3rd April: patience is a virtue...
Gouache on book page.

Friday, April 03, 2009

musique...


Really, I am in a drawing whirlwind at the moment. Sadly, there isn't anything I can really show for my efforts today!

Instead I thought I'd share my march mix with you. I'm still lamenting the loss of my old computer and 3 years worth of music that I didn't have backed up...





This month a mixture of Dm Stith, School of Seven Bells, Swan Lake, Mirah and Scout Niblett have been rockin' the studio walls...enjoy! 

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Gone are all the days...


It's been a busy week...

Yesterday, a trip to London yielded a great place to source amazingly old, larger pieces of paper. This is good news as my stock of larger sheets is always small and ever depleting. I bought the above tatty oil painting of pansies as a little treat for myself.

Today, a day of drawing and drawing and drawing...