Two face baby

Two face baby

Pencil in sketchbook.  This is one of those drawings which ‘went wrong’ but I didn’t erase the lines.  I find this ‘two face’ effect quite interesting – a sort of double-take.  Which is what I did when I realised it was going to be 2009 – I just wasn’t ready for it.  2008 went far too fast.  Happy New Year anyway!

Dad’s hat sketch, and creative cooking

Dad's Hat Drawing

Dad's Hat Drawing

Pencil in sketchbook. 

Drawing these photographs in my sketchbook helps me to think about which ones I might want to paint.  It also helps me get to grips with the forms, which helps me when I do paint them.  This is an image that I am now starting to paint onto canvas.  I may post some works in progress to document how I make decisions in the process of making a painting.

Yesterday, I was cooking tea with bits and bobs, and I realised that I was approaching the process of ‘making tea’ in exactly the same way as I do a painting.  I start with an idea (fry up some onions and chorizo), then make the rest up as I go along (need vegetables – how about courgettes – let’s chop them very small just for fun – now, how about some cannelini beans – oh look, it’s all gone creamy, perhaps I won’t put any tomatoes in – just season it with lots of black pepper and some herby salt and leave it alone.)  Does anyone else find they use their creative skills in their cooking (or anything else?)

‘Kiss’ Drawing

Drawing of girl kissing santa

5b pencil drawing in sketchbook

I’ve been having a bit of a fallow period art-wise, having been busy with other things, and with less going on at college.  I’m having to learn how to pick myself up, and work out what things will get me making art again.  Drawing in my sketchbook seems to work – my sketchbook is like a cosy room where I can go and draw in privacy, and I don’t have to show anyone if I don’t want to.  Another activity which is getting me inspired to start ‘doing’ again is reading about art.  I picked up my copy of Artists’ Newsletter and started to read some articles, and that’s doing the trick nicely.

What kinds of things get you making art again after a fallow period?

Can you tell what it is yet?



Oil on Canvas
I enjoy looking at paintings that are a little bit ambiguous – where everything isn’t spelled out, and your eyes and imagination get to play with the image.  I aim to achieve this in my work, but sometimes it is difficult to know when I’ve given too much information, and when I’ve given too little.  So my question is – what do you see in this image?  Is it blindly obvious, or are you totally confused?

Boy with bike – oil painting

Boy with bike oil painting

Boy with bike oil painting

Oil on canvas.  Much of this was painted by taking the paint back off to expose the canvas underneath – rather like using an eraser on a charcoal drawing.  I like the soft effect that this creates, consistent with an old faded photograph, or a fading memory.

Hebden Bridge Art Auction

‘Charlecote Park’, watercolour, 12 x 16

‘Charlecote Park’, watercolour on Bockingford paper, 12 x 16″

‘Chase’ Acrylic painting 12 x 16

‘Chase’, acrylic on textured paper, 12 x 16″

A rare chance to buy my work!  These paintings will be for sale at the forthcoming art auction at Hebden Bridge Masonic Hall, Hangingroyd Lane on Saturday 28th June 2008.  The auction will showcase work from a number of artists in and around Hebden Bridge.  Viewing is from 11am, and the auction will start at 3pm.  Refreshments will be available.  All money raised will go to Big Shed Arts, a new venture to develop a multi-use arts centre for Hebden Bridge, including arts education workshops for all, a gallery, and studio facilities.  If you are in the area, please drop in!  There should be a real buzz in the town, as it is also the start of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.