Saturday, 18 November 2017

New work in progress, The Scrub Yard and Paw Prints.


Above is the drawing I did yesterday, I am yet to 'max it out' but it is going in the right direction. It has taken about four or five hours to get this far.

Today started with a walk up to the workshop to get things together to take down to The Salty Dog - Scrub Yard for an afternoon of casting paw prints as part of a promotional event help by the Salty Dog Boutique and there grooming service just down Fore Street in Cyril Noall Square. Our friend Erin Lacy was doing dog portraits and Zoe and myself were casting the doggy footprints.

 It was pretty busy lots of dogs and lots of owners and we did more than a dozen paw prints. I think a lot of people who turned up were new ones.

Above is the smallest paw print we did this afternoon, not even an inch in length.

Since then I have celebrated my football team winning again and remaining at the top of the league.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Beautiful November Day In St Ives Cornwall.


Today started with a very warm but chilled  green tea start up at our workshop. The weather was beautiful for this time of year. We did quite a few maintenance things and then had a few things to do in town and below is the view across the bay at about midday, it warms the soul.

About half an hour later we spent a bit of time on one of the benches near the Fisherman's Mission and who wouldn't want to linger on this spot for a while in the warm sunshine.

As you travel around our adopted town you find things like this above. It is a sign outside the utterly wonderful 'Sir Richard Burton Museum, it is a 'pocket' set up by Shanty Baba, our local Story Teller and his wife.

In last evenings drawing session I did a bit of drawing but I didn't get too far so haven't recorded it yet. I have also started working on an entry to the Christmas open at The Mariners that I have to hand in next Wednesday.

Above is a large grid drawing and looking at the drawings below they represent only part of the range of my work. I also think that they do give you a bit of an idea of what I do. All of these have been done within the last two years and I have traveled many other different paths with my drawing over that period too.

I am off to draw now so I have something to show you tomorrow.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

New finished work and an episode of 'How I ended Up Here'.


 Above is the drawing I have been doing all week and last night I finally got it finished and I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I start afresh tonight with a black page.

Today I had to go up to the sorting office to pick up a parcel and on the way back down to a this pic looking over towards St Johns In The Field.

It is funny what catches my eye, I find things that have influenced my drawing and these holly berries are certainly akin to some of my dot drawings.

Back down on the Higher Stennack on my journey home I went past the world famous Leach Pottery. I remember my Dad driving us passed this pottery many times when I was on holiday as a kid during the 60's and 70's. I also remember visiting and have a vague memory of my parents meeting and talking with Bernard Leach. My Mum loved the glazes but little did I know then that I would end up living down the road and I would know some of the current potters too. How life turns out.

A while ago I remember seeing a BBC documentary called The Art Of Cornwall and one scene really came to mind as I passed 'The Leach' was a black and white shot of this building with a Morris Minor driving passed and it looked like it was in the country, it certainly isn't now. If you have never viewed this documentary it is a worthy insight into Cornwall and mainly St Ives and it's art history and a subject I have been very fascinated with for such a part of my life.

When my parents first brought me to Cornwall in 1965 it was the first proper holiday I had been on. Going to Cornwall then traveling from Manchester felt like it must have for others like going abroad, it had its own words and St Piran's Flag and the place was so lush, there were lots of wild life and plants I had never seen before. Many things I discovered in the first hours and first day of arrival, there were lizards, grasshoppers, crickets, slow worms and adders and so many strange plants that I have got so used to seeing in the, last seven or so years from palm trees to gunnera to thrift. I loved the ruggedness, the archeology and it rawness and wonderful beaches. I remember the feeling creeping up on me even as a nearly 6 year old I didn't want the holiday to finish I wanted to be here and I have such a strong memory of having such a wonderful time and never wanting to leave. Coming back many times over the years when my parents could afford it I got introduced to ceramics from Leach to Leaper and then I got exposed to art in galleries from Michael Praed to more abstract work in The Penwith Gallery, which I now guess I saw work by Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and many others. I sucked it all in and slowly over the years and decades of growing up and the becoming an artist rather than a seeker of my own creativity.

Since then I have been in to see Carl at the BID office and then shopping then home and some website work, written this blog.

Below are a few of my contributions to the 'Your Face My Art'  contemporary portrait studio events, we are putting a few on over the festive holiday and I have to find some more pieces of suitable sea pottery shards so I have enough ready to go.

I am now ready to get on with some drawing and to get some deep thinking done on how I am going to get 2 works ready handing in for the Christmas exhibition at The Mariners Gallery with The Society Of St Ives Artists.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Contemporary Abstract Drawing and other gubbins.


If you read yesterday's blog and the day before you would have seen the first two evenings work on this drawing and now above is the drawing after three evening sessions and it is what I am getting on with later. I am quite pleased with the progress so far.

Today we went up to the workshop to sort a few things out and then went off around town delivering leaflets. It was a very still morning and above and below are a couple of pics above looking out over the bay and below is the plaque giving you a little slice of art history and some of the artists that kick started what was to become the St Ives 'art colony' with their visit. Of course this is now used to promote a holiday business and why not.

This afternoon website work was done and we also followed up some leads for some school visits to our arts workshop next year.

Above is a drawing I did a couple of months ago or so and is in the series of 'Grid' drawings. The genesis of this work and many others is because I lived on the outskirts of Milton Keynes the grid city. I always seem to come back to this theme in many different ways from time to time.

I am off to draw.....

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Whole sketch book work and progress.


Above is the my new drawing and the 12th in my new whole sketchbook work, I have a lot more to do to this one so after doing this blog I will be getting on with it.

Today has been a busy day getting on with new events and website work for Barnoon Workshop in St Ives just behind The Tate....

I really have to start thinking about finishing off some work for the next open exhibition at The Society of St Ives Artist and have just over a week to get my work in. I have been fortunate to have been accepted for the last four exhibitions there. Last time the curator was Anthony Frost, son of Sir Terry Frost both abstract artists that I have a lot of time for.both.

So amid all the others things we have to do for our business I seriously need to get some other work done than in my new book work but for tonight that is what I am doing.

Below are some of the other drawing I have done recently in my whole sketch book work. When the book is complete it will have 70 drawings so quite a way to go.

I think this 'book' is coming together well.


Monday, 13 November 2017

New work on the go, Line and ink wash and Barnoon Workshop.


Above is the drawing I started working on in last evenings drawing session, obviously it is not completed yet but I will be getting on with it later.

Today being a Monday started with our drawing class at Barnoon Workshop, this morning it was led by my wife Zoe Eaton and the general idea was to draw and then add a signature colour or in my case three different ink washes. As we had had a sculpture workshop yesterday Zoe decided that we should draw some of the tools. I don't think I have ever drawn a hammer so my completed work after a couple of formative drawings was this below.
It was a fun session with plenty of banter and chat as we all took on the task and two hours just flew past.

Since then we have been around town distributing leaflets for future workshop and I also popped in to see Carl from BID to discuss a few future plans and projects and also to give him our future workshops so he may place a journalist or more with a future workshop to get the town some good press to show we are more of a town over beach, shopping and The Tate. We didn't get any placements last year but hopefully we will this coming winter. He is trying to show off the town is not just for summer.

Well I am off to draw not and watch Andrew Graham Dixon on Scandinavian art... He always does a good art doc.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sculpture Workshop, new drawing etc.


Above is the drawing I managed to complete in last evenings drawing session and so I have a new drawing to get on with after I finish this blog.

Today we have been at the workshop doing a 'breeze block' sculpture workshop, I seemed to have made to complicated a design to complete it in one session but I really enjoyed doing and will finish it off a soon as I can. It is based on one of my drawing styles.

 Above and below two other sculptures from the workshop today.

Above and below are just a couple of pics to give you an idea of the weather today. The wind was pretty fierce at  times and whipping up the sea so today I didn't see one surfer and I really don't blame them either.

On the way back we did a bit of leaflet distribution, first to The Tate and nice to see our friend Jordan manning the front desk. We then went around the town a bit more sometimes finding shelter and sometimes finding it hard to walk.

It is now time to watch Blue Planet II another wonderful David Attenborough series, the first two have showed some amazing sights. I will start to draw.....