Friday, June 25, 2010

24th june: the herald
gouache and burning on book page with found markings and notes

Thursday, June 24, 2010

23rd june: a precursory moment
pencil on book page
22nd june: something to be believed in
ink on coloring book page

Monday, June 21, 2010


if anyone is into collage in any way you may be interested to know i've just added a supplies section to the Restless Things shop. I have tons of paper ephemera in my studio, a lot of which is of no good to me. i got rid of a load of it to some art students at a recent car boot we did but i still have loads. prices are very reasonable as i just want to see things move on to a new home as opposed to being sent to the recycling bin! i'll be adding some bits and bobs on an ongoing basis. as i buy so many old books in poor condition i will be removing any bookplates or illustrations that might be of interest to people.


i will be adding a new print to the shop each week for the next few weeks. here's this weeks addition to the shop: all that remains.

thanks to all for your recent comments on my currently waning creativity. let's hope this week is a little more productive!

Friday, June 18, 2010

19th 18th june: nothingness
pencil on book page

notes: here is only the second (completed) drawing of the month! aptly titled as i think this is how i'm feeling right now in the drawing department, but it is a small breakthrough nonetheless. it took two glasses of vino to get me started and to stop a) over thinking about how it might look b) thinking that there's no point in trying in the first place. all i could think about whilst drawing this piece is 'this will be another nothing', hence title.


been making some pinhole pieces in clay. they sparkle and cast lovely shadows when you hang them in a sunny window. not really sure where these are going but it's nice to be doing something at least.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

bowl & spoon

yep, i made a spoon to go with my bowl. i crack myself up sometimes! i was thinking of making a homemade kiln from an incinerator which i've read about but the clay would still be porous after firing :(

now back to making what i bought this clay for...

high time

this morning, a new print in the shop: a modest construction. it's been such a people's favorite and it's also been a while since i've regularly introduced some new prints to the shop.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

crow story

here's a bit of a story for you. for the past few weeks - during my whole 'period of no creativity' - i've been having some sleepless nights. not because of any particular worrying factors but because this year a bunch of crows have decided to live on our street. at 5am every morning they get up and fly up and down and up and down and up and down our street squawking their damn heads off! about 2 nights ago we decided to give up and close the window at night and i have since had the most beautiful peaceful sleep, undisturbed by crows or anything.

yesterday i purchased a pack of modeling clay - i had been thinking about trying to do something 3-d - what i have NO idea! - it was cheap and i thought well, let's give it a go and get the ol' brain thinking about something other than the fact that i'm not drawing at the mo'.

last night during my blissful sleep i had the most creative and inspiring dream. in it i located my dream studio, overcame evil forces responsible for stealing my creative spirit and started making strange little bowls from clay. i woke up completely refreshed (can't remember the last time this happened) and really looking forward to a day in the studio.

alas, the desire to draw has not yet returned but i did make some little bowls from my modeling clay and they look like they did in my dream - just imagine what you made at school when you were 5 and you're there. bliss.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

white noise

Clock Opera 'White Noise' directed by Aoife McArdle/Andy West from Clock Opera on Vimeo.


things are pretty slow around here on the drawing front as you may well have noticed if you stop in regularly. i'm in a rut. i feel uninspired, it's been going on for some time now (weeks not days) and i'm trying not to let it phase me.

i'm trying to enjoy the little things this week. coffee, pizza and cake al fresco; Toast brogues bought at a car boot this morning for £3 (in my size and barely worn!!?!). just fyi - we don't entirely exist on pizza. i also completed my tax return so you know things are bad!

it will come though...

Monday, June 14, 2010

grey day moments

so many goodies i had to bring them home in a box (and then some)

a lovely piece of wood (i guess this is a chopping board) but i think i may draw on it.

i'm slowly accumulating some very rustic frames that i'm thinking of framing some drawings in - this one has a great patina and doesn't stand up straight - love!

secret codes...


...and remnants.

Monday, June 07, 2010


egg cup bought for 20p, incoming paper supplies purchased for about £2, pizza night and some thinkings.

we managed to get to 2 carboot sales and a local village which was hosting 40 yard sales this weekend despite the threat of storms! i had to stop myself from buying the most amazing old fashioned drawing board made from lovely bare wood. it was way too big for my needs sadly.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

NEW print

there's a new print in the shop today, exemplary simulacrum! i just love the way the stain in the corner mingles with the ink, turning from brown to blue - perfection!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


1st june: like something you've always known
gouache on book page

notes: lots of thinking about levitation, out of body experiences and ghosts, particularly poltergeists and how they like to target teenagers and pick them up and throw them around a bit (or something).

it's late but i've finally got my head around finishing this piece so thought i would just put it out there. my usual way of working is to aim to complete one drawing per day in my studio. there might be a bit of a doodle to warm up, some terrible false starts and some pretty good starts. some days it just happens without anything else needing to be done. but this piece has taken many days and left me feeling quite anxious that it should achieve something.

with many of my drawings i aim to create a sense of weightlessness and i have this thing in my mind that the shape i'm drawing cannot touch the edges of the paper in order to achieve this. in this piece i wanted to prove to myself that i could work right up to the edges and still have a floaty feeling.

question: when does a drawing made in paint become a painting? hmm.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

can't draw. too. busy. dancin'.

majestic anthem

summer majestic by his clancyness

i'm not sure what this video is all about (in a good way) but one thing is for sure: this is a great summer anthem! if only summer would hurry along - it's june 1st and i have just put the heating on!?

work in progress

so how was your long weekend? mine was full of rain, drizzle and howling winds and looking out of the window. boo.

it did however help me get along with this quite in-depth (for me, anyway) drawing. above is the first layer of a potential three. i'm not sure how it's all going to come together and even if i will like it when it's finished (isn't that always the case?). it seems a little bit 'busy' at the moment but i've had this vision in the back of my mind for the past couple of weeks and told myself to just get on with it! today, layer two...