Wednesday, October 27, 2010
27th october: slow on the uptake
pencil on book page
notes: i'm starting to get to like the pencil and how these shapes are looking more and more like etchings than drawings. trying to find where to go with shape has been hard going this week. i've spent a long time making quick, almost automatic, pencil sketches in order to find the right shapes to make into finished pieces.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
25th october: valiant
pencil on book page
(click on the image for a detailed view)
notes: i've never paid too much attention to the humble pencil but i'm familiarizing myself with them and all of their shades. it's a refreshing change.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
i've decided to introduce a new and occasional feature dedicated to those items i come across where i just don't really know what they are. i can sometimes hazard a vague guess at what something could be but i thought it might be a good idea to pool our knowledge in this space and see what we can come up with.
part one: the wooden clampy mold thing
i've had this one laying around for a while - have you seen one before? i haven't. the white bit is ceramic. when closed up the whole thing measures about 8 x 4". does it make half of a golf ball or weird shaped biscuits? i'm at a loss so please leave any thoughts you might have!
how did get to be thursday already? it's been such a busy week. i haven't had too much stock to sort out for the general store as i've had a few slow weeks at the auction but i do have an almighty amount of stuff coming in at the weekend. it's swings and roundabouts.
one of the by products of buying random lots of stuff at auction is what i like to call 'chaff' - the stuff that just isn't suitable for the general store. i like to keep a finely honed selection in the shop. so roughly twice a month i have a massive clear out of the leftovers and select some oddments to go on ebay. i am not a fan of ebay in any way but it is a means to an end and that is what this week has been all about. it never ceases to amaze me what people will buy!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
11th october: transpire
gouache and typewriter on old mottled book page
notes: it occurred to me when i was making this piece this afternoon that i don't think i've ever said too much about these oval shapes. in my mind they're portals, to where and to what i don't really know but it's interesting to think about.
yesterday, i spent the whole day in the workshop sorting and cleaning up goodies for the general store. today begins a new week, a week of drawing and i'm a little apprehensive! i think i'll just throw myself into it and see what happens...
Saturday, October 09, 2010
we went out for a little walk on the heath this afternoon for a breath of fresh air, a change of scenery and to gather some twigs. i pretty much forgot about gathering twigs and got a bit obsessed with photographing all of the mushrooms - so many shapes and colors!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
i thought over the next couple of days i'd share some of my favorite props which i use when styling the photos for RGS. there is a wide range of bits and bobs, some i've picked up recently and others are things that have been with me for years.
the chalkware girl statue in the top photo is one of my recent favorites and to think that i very nearly threw her out! her features have completely worn away, she has no feet and a spiders nest between her knees but i love the strangely mysterious quality she brings to photos.
the natural mat in the bottom photo is my current item of choice, it works so nicely against the bare wood of the table. i have a hard time not using it in every photo.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
(bah! this whole new blogger image uploader thing is terrible - it's taken me half an hour and six attempts just to get these two pic on here!!)
this week is the first in my new routine and is dubbed a 'vintage' week. i've collected my loot from a local auction house and spent some time going through it separating the chaff out. there's plenty of it (chaff that is) but amongst it the beautiful things that make it worth the purchase - hand carved sculptures, apothecary bottles and tooled leather bags.
i really enjoy the detritus that comes in these boxes of stuff too. broken or worn out bits and pieces that give you hints about the previous owners life make me wonder what will happen to my own stuff when i'm gone. what will happen to my notebooks and paintbrushes, maybe they will be gold dust to someone one day. little scraps of paper, buttons and nubs of old pencils fill me with wonder and joy - what small wonders make your day?
Saturday, October 02, 2010
blogger has been evil to me and wouldn't let me upload any pics this week hence the silence! i've been getting into the groove of drawing from home and working in my new space for the General Store. i've even gone so far as to draw up a four week rota so i can evenly divide up my time and not debate what to do at the beginning of each day!
i managed to do a bit of both this week including mounting up some drawings for the newly opened Itch Gallery but next week my fixed rota starts in earnest: a week of vintage then a week of drawing and so on.