Friday, April 30, 2010

organic

28th april: fugitive eclipse
gouache on book page with found scribble

notes: there's nothing better than finding a lovely aged piece of paper covered in childish scribble, it's so naive and perfect in its own way.

thanks for your comments this week. thinking about yesterday's post on trying to find suitable words to describe my drawings and alternatives to the word 'simple' - i think that when i say simple i sometimes mean organic. i'm really liking that word today!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

perfect


CALLmeKAT - Glass Wall from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

the meaning of simple





...new anglepoise lamp (£5 at a car boot sale!!!)...veggies...warm light and shapes...new shoes...

it has occurred to me today whilst looking through the thesaurus that there are not enough words for 'simple'. i'm in the midst of writing gallery proposals and at every other word i want to write 'simple' but all other words under this heading don't seem to have the meaning i'm looking for. generally, this is adding to a pretty fuggy week! if you can think of a good alternative for 'simple' or another good word to describe my drawings do leave a comment.
27th april: combined aperture
burning on book page with found scribble

notes: trying something different for a change...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

dedication

april 26th: love
gouache on book page
(click on image to get a better view)

notes: this is a slightly different take on what i was trying to achieve with this drawing here but with a softer, more organic feel to it. it's been a long time since i've used any paper with printed text on it but found this particular dedication quite fitting.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

three & four

film four



film three

notes: similar but not quite the same as each other...

Monday, April 26, 2010

two


film two

notes: a moment of magic! i found this poor plastic bag, partly thrashing around like a wounded animal, partly doing a majestic dance and sat down to watch it for a while...

i'm back in the studio this week so you can expect a bit more action on the drawing front and i'll be finally getting around to uploading all of my short films that i didn't have time to post last week.

Saturday, April 24, 2010



finally, i'm getting around to posting my mix for march and it's practically time for april's. with tracks from holly miranda, local natives, beach house, paul white, cults, taken by trees, twin sister, mountain man, ariel pink's haunted graffiti, midnight juggernauts and fredrik.

enjoy!

me again


bored and stuck indoors on this beautiful sunny saturday? surely not? you could always head over to artists who blog to find out more about how this blog started out! i know, it's interviews a-go-go at the mo'.

thanks to the lovely stephanie levy for asking me to take part.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010



well, my brain practically melted when I watched this only moments ago...can't imagine why...effi briest.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

the working proof

my secret self/at rest

as of today I have a limited edition print available through The Working Proof of my drawing my secret self/at rest. There are 50 copies only so get this while you can! 15% from the sale of each print will be donated to Transportation Alternatives 'your advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit'.

you can find out more about this print and read a little interview with me here.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

film one


film one

notes: here's part one from my films made over the past week whilst on holiday. we've been exploring the vast open beaches of the north norfolk coast. i'm always drawn to examining the simple details of a thing or place or moment in time and found myself literally getting down in amongst the plants and detritus and trying to capture the miniscule details and understated movements of objects belonging to these open plains.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

moment of minutiae



notes: this is the first in a series of simple, silent, short kinetic films. i actually shot this over a year ago and have only just sussed out how to edit it! i've been wanting to explore naturally occurring/found movements created by light or air for a while and have shot a number of films over the past week which i will soon be uploading. this is nothing fancy, just a moment of minutiae...

again, again...






today we went to thornham and it was every bit as expansive as the previous days visits. would be great to live really close to these kind of places, i could get used to the isolation. how about you - big city, small town or the wilderness?





yesterday, we walked from blakeney to cley and then grabbed the car and drove over to salthouse beach for a walk and to make more short, simple films! it's been fun and my poor legs are so tired today! enjoy your weekend whatever you're up to...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

nothing, nothing and nothing









from today and for the next few days i'm taking a little break, we have a birthday to celebrate (not mine!) and have decided to spend a few days exploring the parts of the north norfolk coast that we are still unfamiliar with. here some snaps from today. a gorgeous expanse of nothingness along brancaster beach. the tide was miles out. we spent several hours walking, enjoying the nothingness of it all and i've made a little foray into filmmaking which i may get around to posting next week!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

13th april: quiet striae
gouache on book page

notes: today i started to read a book on the science of seeing. i picked it up as i was having a massive clear out of my books and the first chapter started to discuss not only how man and animals see things differently but how we can never know how the next person sees the world. this is endlessly fascinating to me.

i was sitting with my eyes closed and the warm sun on my face in my studio with all of the shapes and colors beneath my eyelids and was thinking about a nursery rhymes book i had as a kid that had an illustration i loved and looked at over and over of a little girl jumping (looked like she was floating) in a dusty shaft of light.

also, thinking about out of body experiences.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

divine sound

David Thomas Broughton - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.


it's been a long time since i've checked out the work of david thomas broughton but i caught this today and absolutely loved it!

Friday, April 09, 2010

9th april: everything changes
gouache on paperback book cover
8th april: just about the sum of its parts
gouache on paperback book cover

new way


doing all of this detailed work of late has brought with it a lot of back/shoulder/hip/neck discomfort. so i've had to dig out an old tabletop easel to work on. trying to find the best way of working with it is not as easy as it would seem...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

april 6th: absolute
gouache on book page

notes: something simple to calm my brain after a hectic day...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

what genius is this?



i can't remember where i came across this piece by artist and composer CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot but it seems like genius to me. the little guy with the twig stuck in there is the next big thing!

forever

2nd april: a mute revelation
gouache on book page

notes: i've been particularly getting in the groove with drawing these endless white lines of late. this piece was a joy to make as sometimes i don't want a drawing to end. i love the repetitive mark making so much i sometimes wish i could work on the same piece forever...

Sunday, April 04, 2010

zola jesus

Zola Jesus Stridulum from Imaginary Animal on Vimeo.

found: homework & hymns



windfall






it's been a tough weekend weather wise for those of us excited by spring's arrival and the potential of spending weekend car booting. friday's antiquing sadly didn't yield any paper goods whatsoever, however today's car boot gave me a windfall of 23 books plus various goodies hidden between the pages. my paper stash was starting to get a bit thin on the ground and this was way more than I could have hoped for. if you're local and can get out to myhill's carboot/fleamarket (it's in a big greenhouse so you can go even if it's raining!) opposite fritton lake i highly recommend it.

hands up: who had chocolate for breakfast?

Friday, April 02, 2010

transience

april 1st: come to light
gouache on book page

notes: this was not the book page intended to use for this piece. i cut the one i wanted with a lovely stain along the edge in half by mistake because i wasn't paying attention. thinking about transience.

if you're kept indoors over the weekend by the rain you could always head over to the Etsy blog to read a little interview with me...thanks to Etsy's new uk blogger Amity Roach for asking me to take part in this series!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

fredrik

Fredrik - Milo from The Kora Records on Vimeo.

we have a lot of music in our house. a LOT. wall to wall, floor to ceiling and then some more on top of that. sometimes when something new arrives in the house i can be far to caught up with playing some song over and over again to take a break a give a newbie a chance. especially if it's all lovely and screen-printed in a soft gatefold sleeve. i always think i will be too disappointed by albums with pretty sleeves to pay them much attention. i'd rather let them creep up on me when i least expect it, when i catch a waft of sweet tunes drifting from another room or the such. this is what happened with fredrik and now i loves them.

this film was made 'with a malfunctioning Leica M1 photo camera on outdated processing chemicals found in an abandoned house'.

so good.

fingers crossed

march 30th: unforeseen shift
gouache on mottled book page

notes: in many of my drawings, well, all of them really, i try to achieve a sense of weightlessness about it's focus. twice this week i've had dreams about flying in the virgin space shuttle and getting to that point at the edge of the earth's atmosphere where you start floating cos there's no gravity. so i've been thinking a lot about floating around in space whilst making these drawings.

what have you got planned for the easter weekend? i'm hopefully off out for some antiquing (well, hunting for old paper goods really, i have no budget for actual antiques!) and a car boot sale - weather permitting of course! it's pretty much been chucking it down with rain all week and sadly the forecast isn't great. i have my fingers crossed though!