Saturday, 17 February 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 5

Week 5 - 1698.

William of Orange was on the throne in England. He had a rather excellent nose (I may have exaggerated it a bit in my drawing...).

Bit late with this one due to Stuff. Week 6 due on Monday.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

North and South


Several projects on the go at the moment, one of which is a collaborative box set of prints between Cowprint members and a group of printmakers in the Falkland Islands. My image is in progress.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 4

Week 4 - an excess.

What does Cerberus have if not an excess of heads?

Black biro on a piece of discarded monoprint.

From Life - Royal Academy

Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin,Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy,
(Somerset House), 1 January 1808

There were some good things in this exhibition but overall, a bit disappointing. Not enough variety of work, not enough history etc. The film of Chinese students drawing a huge head of David was good, as were some of the 19th Century paintings of life classes at the RA. Amusing in a Giles cartoon sort of way; some of the students didn't seem to be paying attention or looked decidedly bored. Also wearing hats indoors. You have to feel for the models who must have been pretty cold.

Exhibition continues until 11 March.


Unidentified artist, A Life Class, Early 19th century?
Oil on canvas, 987 X 1347 X 25 mm
Formerly attributed to William Hogarth.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Tuesday life drawing

Worked on an etching plate (soft ground) last week, this time graphite stick on newsprint, but for some reason, it didn't etch very well. Hmm. I have theories. Back to the drawing board.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Weekly drawing challenge

A friend of mine decided I needed a drawing challenge so every Monday she gives me a new topic. We're only on week 3 so far; here are weeks 1 and 2.

Week 1 - a clock.
Week 2 - more than one musical instrument.

I'm keeping them small and trying to do them fairly quickly as a way of being more disciplined.

This week's theme, week 3, is something that has been repaired. Why not join me and play along?

Friday, 12 January 2018

A new year of life drawing

Had a day of life drawing on Saturday and our Tuesday evening sessions started up again this week so drawing for 2018 is off to a good start. A friend has decided to set me a weekly drawing challenge too so news of that coming soon.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

New stuff

Started a couple of new activities this year. I joined a book club to try and get myself reading again and yoga classes to help deal with the aches and pains of middle age. The latter may well appear in prints at some point.

Here are the book club books we've read this year with most recent first.


Ailing press

I have been really rubbish about posting this year. Didn't get round to building a crate for my press and shipping it North until October so finally got it back mid-December. Goes without saying that I'm very pleased to have it back. Five months with no press meant pretty much five months without any printmaking - or creative stuff at all in fact. Dreadful!

I need to make up for lost time. So, here's what I've done in the last couple of weeks. This is a small etching for a forthcoming print exchange / box set. Watch out for more about Wolus and Nile University for Esoterica and Woo.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A day of exprimenting

It's been a slow summer creatively for a whole raft of reasons. Did get some monoprinting done whilst covering the workshop one day last month though. Unusually, I had no plan before I went, other than monoprinting with stencils. This is what happened. 

Inking up some lace, feathers and string reminded me of dancing figures. I then started thinking about a book I'd read recently, Georgina Harding's Painter of Silence, in which one of the characters makes rather abstract faceless characters from cardboard and winds cloth and string around them. Add PBs estate agents into the mix with a side order of Drownies from Fallen London and this is what came out. A fun and productive day working very freely and spontaneously.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Soft ground etching day

Taught a one-day soft ground etching workshop last weekend. Here are some of the fabulous prints produced (apologies for he rubbish photographs - they really don't do the prints justice!).

Monday, 31 July 2017

Still alive...

Well, that's a bit rubbish isn't it. No posts since February. The last few months have just been so ridiculously busy, with All The Things happening, that there just hasn't been time for any non essentials. 

Some creative stuff has been happening; I was going along quite nicely with the above soft ground etching and looking forward to things easing off a bit, only to have my press break a couple of weeks ago. Aargh! Feel like my right arm has been cut off. Haven't had time yet to do anything about getting it fixed - that's top of the agenda this week (after all the chores, work, Aged P appointments of course...).

Life drawing has finished for the summer, as has the Beginners / Improvers course I was co-teaching (maybe I'll post some images from that) but I'm preparing to teach a soft ground workshop next month which should be fun. I'm enjoying the research for that. 

Hopefully the dust has settled a bit and I'll get some time to do my own work over the next month or so. My main focus is going to be on drawing. Am reading an interesting book - Experimental Drawing by Robert Kaupelis. Planning to try some of the exercises to push my drawing forward - more on that in the coming months hopefully.