Friday, December 30, 2011


a boxing day walk after lunch at a pub - a big plate of fish and chips with the best mushy peas in front of a roaring fire...followed by glorious sunshine.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


a xmas morning walk, bright sunshine, not a soul to be seen, perfect.

Friday, December 23, 2011


signing off for christmas - have a good one everyone - eat, drink and be merry! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

11th july: palindrome
burning on an old book page

an older piece which i never listed in the shop - now available! and whilst we're on the subject i thought i'd mention that many original drawings are now priced $45-55. i'm envisioning a big creative year next year so thought it best to do a little spring cleaning early.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

13th december: free will
gouache and burning on book page with found notes

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: no notes today. it's late and i'm tired. sweet dreams.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

different dimensions

12th december: on this earth
gouache and burning on salvaged book page

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: i've been getting back into burning things this week. it adds a whole different dimension to some drawings. i have two different tools for the job, one makes holes with quite distinct edges which i used in this piece; the other makes ragged edged holes and is rather more unpredictable in its burn.

this is another older piece which has been many months in the making. i relish the moment when i can suddenly see what a piece needs to bring it all together.

i'm enjoying this more mindful approach to my drawings and looking forward to a new year of work as this one has been just so sporadic.

Monday, December 12, 2011

one good day

8th december: surface tension
pencil and gouache on salvaged book cover with found stains

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: there was one good day last week where the inside of my mouth felt good. i could eat. i could draw.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

30th november: to fall
gouache and burning on an old book page

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: here's a piece i finished before last weeks illness. if you don't already know it i can tell you that an infection in your jaw is no fun. soup and yogurt all the way. woop.

i've been finding that over the past twelve months or so the way i work has started to change. i have a very short attention span and usually find that i prefer a drawing to be finished either in one sitting or in the same day or else i tire of it. instead of working more spontaneously i've been seeing pieces come together over a period of months and have enjoyed spending time reflecting on how a piece could evolve.

whilst this is still a small drawing the three layers were added at different times over the past 18 months and creating it has helped me understand how these times of reflection could help move my work forwards. it's been refreshing for my brain not to intensely focus on one piece but to have many pieces on the go and work on the particular one which was calling to me on a given day.

Friday, December 02, 2011

out of steam

i've been blurgh for a few days now, think i'm going to stay curled up on the sofa by the fire until next week sometime...

have a good weekend :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

always with the happy thoughts

25th november: abacus
gouache on salvaged cardboard panel with tape and rusted staples

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: finally, here's one of those larger pieces i was talking about. i can just about squeeze it on the scanner but took some snaps too to show the lovely soft worn edges.

many of my thoughts when making this piece revolved around the passing of time, long overdue end of the world catastrophes and archaic numbering systems. as we were on flood alert yesterday i was loathe to post anything about these thoughts lest it become a jinx and we would be swept away with the entire rest of the east coast of the uk. so you might say there is a smattering of paranoia in this piece also.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


don't think that because i haven't posted any new pieces that i'm not working :)

i'm working on two bigger pieces and they're taking me a while to get through.

also the light in this room is completely different to my old space that i'm struggling to find a good time of day to photograph what i'm up to. this is north facing as opposed to my old sunny south facing spot so there tends to be a very dull grey light for most of the day. alternatively, there is the garish glow of my crazy branch lamp at night! i don't really like either :(