Staring up at me…!

Some eyes popped out of my journal last night! I love the way that working like this leads to such unexpected delights. I definitely prefer putting down some random acrylic paint and ink first as a starter to work on. Very relaxing & therapeutic for winter nights!

Listen to the silence…..

I have long had an interest in mindfulness and drawing but today was a first when I took part in an online Zoom meditation drawing session guided by artist Katie Solohub. Whilst I have a daily meditation practice, I have not ever tied my art and my meditation together before. However, it makes sense thatContinue reading “Listen to the silence…..”

Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?

This week I have been thinking about drawing – specifically the need to recreate a visual scene accurately or at least semi accurately. For the past few weeks I have been going to the same spot most days and drawing. But nothing I have drawn would be recognisable as the physical place. However for meContinue reading “Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?”

Hand-drawn map of Gosport

I was just reminded that it was two years ago that I drew this map of Gosport when a new art gallery (Yellow Edge) was opening in the town. There was a perception from visitors from Portsmouth that Gosport was “too far”, so I decided to show them that the gallery was a simple walkContinue reading “Hand-drawn map of Gosport”

Sketchbook work and lots of juicy courses!

I’ve been busy this year, I spent last year messing about and just seeing where I wanted my work to go and whilst I have some firm ideas about what I want to do now, I am not yet happy with my level of skills to get me there. You can never learn enough orContinue reading “Sketchbook work and lots of juicy courses!”

Mark Anstee – living in the moment

Yesterday we had a visit from Mark Anstee who makes huge temporary artworks – often (always?) with a historical and emotional aspect, using wonderful creative ideas and incredible drawing skills.It was a huge pleasure to discuss our forthcoming MA work with Mark before his talk, he had something pertinent to say about all our plans andContinue reading “Mark Anstee – living in the moment”