So I've had a pretty exhausting weekend of carbooting - that great British institution. For those of you unfamiliar with what a carboot sale is well, you chuck all of your unwanted junk into the back of your car and then drive to a designated place - usually a field in the middle of nowhere - and you dump it on the ground. Then lots of people come and rummage through and haggle as to whether you'll take 20p instead of 50p for your broken teapot. I guess this is what we have instead of flea markets. I managed to buy piles of old books for only a few pounds and an anglepoise lamp (see above) for only £10!
But enough of my blathering about junk...lets move on to the winner of the ghosts diver mini print set giveaway! Using the random number generator at Random.org I have established that the winner is lucky number 7 - sfer!
I have your email so I'll be in touch and get that little package off to you asap! Thanks to all for taking part - there are more giveaways to come!
Now, back to my taking a little break. Funnily enough the second I turned my back on creativity it crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder...
sketch 23rd july: oh, everyone wants a piece when you're pretty!
pencil and gouache on book page with found scribble
I've just finished this above piece after having it sit on my desk for the past week if not longer. I hate it when that happens. I just felt like I was hitting my stride with work these past few weeks when it all ground to a halt with this sketch and there were no creative thoughts left in my mind. Argh! So I'm going to try and have a mini holiday from all things creative (which is hard when your studio is at home!). I have a weekend of carbooting planned and a trip to London next week. It's time to give this brain a rest and hopefully come back full to the brim with ideas.
Of course, I won't forget to drop in on Monday and announce the winner of the mini print set giveaway - thank you all for your comments! And if you haven't already commented feel free to do so on the post below, you never know your luck!
I almost forgot that I'm s'posed to be giving something away today! Better late than never I guess. Yesterday I launched a new mini print set in the shop and today one lucky reader has the chance to win one! Just leave a comment on this post before Sunday 26th July, 9pm (gmt) and I will pick a winner at random on the Monday.
I don't think I'm about to break into a flurry of drawings of ghostly, disembodied feet but I thought this drawing was kind of fun!
It occurred to me the other day that I haven't made too many new prints for the shop so far this year so I've been working on creating some new ones. Over the coming few weeks I will be launching some new prints and mini print sets and for every new print or set I will be giving one away free to a lucky commentator here on the bloggy! I'll be starting this Monday 20th July, so keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway post in order to blag yourself some goodies!
I thought I'd share this short documentary on the musician (and actress) Juana Molina. One of my favorite gigs of all time was seeing her perform solo, it's fascinating to see her at work, building up the layers that work in each of her songs. Genius!
pencil and gouache on paperback book cover with stain
Of all the hands i've drawn over the past few months these have been my favorite. There's something so smooth about them, like beach glass. I think it might have something to do with the lovely, almost watercolor paper-esque book cover i was working on.
I've been enjoying reading through this blog this week: Doll Dreamer.
sketch 9th july: I think she has forgotten me now...
pencil, gouache and acrylic on book page with found note.
Just a reminder for anyone local that I'll be at Clutter City Market at Norwich Arts Centre this Saturday from 10 til 4. I'll have a table of prints, sketches and drawings both framed and unframed. Don't forget to stop by, say 'hi' and buy something nice for yourself of course!
I really like this piece I finished off this morning. It's kind of the same simple imagery but a little bit different at the same time. I quite often doodle arrows when I'm collaging (is this a word, my spell check says no!) different shapes and symbols together to form a sketch but have never found the right time to bring them in to any finished sketches. I always think about prison uniforms and 'the mark of shame' they symbolize and in many ways this piece is about discomfort and embarrassment. I'm hoping to make more use of the arrows in the coming weeks and get them firmly embedded into my regime...
sketch 3rd july: i'll show you mine if you show me yours...
pencil and gouache on book cover and end page with found nurse's notes and heart diagrams
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. I've had these nurse's notes knocking about for years before I even figured out that found scribbles and doodles was something I wanted to work with. I guess they've always just intrigued me.
I've often come across it in my piles of papers and thought about how old these notes are - I think from the 1930's - and that I've had it for at least the past 10 years - with good intentions of working over it only for the past couple. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right time for things to happen, sometimes that time can be a long while coming.
On Friday, as I finally got around to working on it, I was thinking about it's passage through time over the past 80 years or so and where it will go in the event that I sell it in the future. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I spend to much time thinking about the lives and history of inanimate objects and that maybe I should get a life!