Thursday, 17 August 2017

A New Work and Milton Keynes.


Above is the 'bleeding narrative' of a previous drawing from my very recent mini series, I am happy as ever with the way it looks and it kept me busy in last evenings session.
Whilst I started drawing on this we had the television on and it was a program about 50 years of Milton Keynes the town I lived in and around from my teenage years, it did make me feel a bit nostalgic about that time of the new city gathering and growing. It dealt quite a lot about how do you gain a culture in a new city but I always thought that there was some culture or we all helped that culture whether being creative or just going to stuff. I saw MK's music culture grow first with a boom in Punk and New Wave bands and the forging of a scene of sorts, I still know many of those people from that time although I now live 300 miles away and indeed my friend and great organiser Lee Scriven was involved in the making of the program. He made a film that has had a limited release called 'I Must Adjust' which was a great piece on moving from London to be part of a new city and was named after one of his punk band's songs. Ficticious were the first serious band I supported in my small town punk outfit More Trivia. Over the years Lee was responsible for many small leaps, my first music on vinyl 7", 12" and first album all in the band New Mutants, later I joined his big band The Blues Collective and toured collages and many other venues and ending up on CD for the first time. Lee has always been an inspirational creative in Milton Keynes and it seems he hasn't finished yet.

Anyway less nostalgia except to say also the town of my first group exhibitions and my first solo show. I am now thinking about my next show and who knows where that will be at the moment but I have been working hard as ever on new stuff for whenever I get the chance to do a new show and have plenty of stuff for the right gallery or galleries but I need time to make some approaches and sadly the summer time in St Ives is not quite the right time to be doing that, what with busy workshops and drawing tours and helping in my friends shop from time to time and evenings spent drawing and trying to relax and think up new stuff for Barnoon and my drawing works. Well I am off to do that, cheers all...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Two new drawings etc.


Above is the drawing I worked on last evening, it is drawn on a watercolour experiment my wife did as part of one of her workshops and she donated it to me to draw on and now it is done.

Today has been a mixture of all sorts, I took 7 on a tour and draw of buildings which was blessed by half decent weather and spent sometime on Barnoon Terrace and then took shelter from the wind down in Norway Square. After I picked up lunch and went back upto Barnoon Workshop where Zoe had finished a kids session. We have been contacted about doing a 'tour and draw' tomorrow by a German tour guide for as many as 20 people but it has not been confirmed I guess because of the weather. We will see.

Also while I was up at the workshop I finished this simple drawing before going off to help in my friends grocers so quite a full day again and now I am really tired so a short blog tonight so I am still capable of doing some drawing to show tomorrow.

Cheers all!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New drawing and other things.


Above is the drawing I managed to finish off in last evenings session and below is the bleeding narrative version I started, a bit more to do.

Above and below are two drawings of a teasle I did in yesterdays drawing workshop at Barnoon.

Below is a small art drop I did in the Pedn Ova earlier whilst waiting for the train to Carbis Bay.

After todays Terry Frost workshop at Barnoon we went up to The Carbis Bay Hotel to do their evening kids club which was gentle and nice and above is a painting that they have in the hotel and below is a view out towards Godrevy and the north coast that we had on our walk back.

It has been a long day and I need to rest a little as we have a few full days ahead.

Cheers and see you tomorrow!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Drifting into obliterarty etc.


Above is the new drawing I am doing it is an add on to the current series but with an nod to my 'Obliterarty' variations, plenty about them in previous blogs. The drawing is not finished yet and will be what I crack on with later.

Above and below are a few of the 142 I did for my latest book and to give you and idea of where this latest series of work is coming from.

I am now pondering in the background whilst finishing of this series, only one more to go about what I will do next, mind you I haven't sourced what I will series up yet and I haven't had more than at a glance at the reverses of this current work. Might have to check them out and see if any 'bleeding narratives' need sorting out. So that might be the next thread whilst I work out what I will draw on next, could be paper, could be anything.

Cheers for now.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Another new one in my new series etc.


Today was the first lie in for quite a while, still trying to shake this cold. A little website work was done and then we went out around the town for a while and then back home.

Getting back at a reasonable time helped me find the gap I need to get this drawing above completed, I started it last evening as you can see by the bare bones of the drawing below. I suppose the whole thing took about seven hours or so.

Above is a finished version of a drawing I shared in last evenings blog. I think when I start tonights drawing it will take off on a different tack as the paper I have is a bit dirty so I might have to taken on the printed side of the next sheet. I got them from an exhibition last year at Newlyn Art Gallery, the prints didn't really resonate with me but the blank reverse sides did and invited me to use them. So I guess we will see what happens when I get started dipping in to 'obliterarty' again.

Well that is my task so off I go to get ready for the week and the Barnoon drawing class and my evening drawing session.


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Happy with the new series so far or other adventures in contemporary abstract drawing.


This morning when I arrived at Barnoon Workshop I was greeted by a brief shower and I thought I might not get anyone on my tour but it didn't seem to be the case. So two adults and a child and off we went around the town with me being hopefully informative and also we did a couple of good stops for drawing.

After I returned to the workshop and we decided as we were both full of cold to cancel our 'portrait' session. Since then we have had a slow relaxing afternoon with some work and a little drawing for me.

I have been really enjoying this recent thread of works perhaps are becoming a mini series and last night in my drawing session I managed to start and finish a whole work.

Above is this latest work and somewhat more minimal than any other in this series, there has to be one, well I try. I am really struck by the decorative style of this one I could almost see it in some religious building, well maybe.

Above is the bare bones of the next drawing in the series that I started just before writing this blog. Below are the other four in this series so far and very taken with them I am too.

So with all these drawings in my head at the moment I am going to go off and carry on with this latest one and see how far I can get on with it, I feel really in the flow with these so I am going to strike while the iron is hot and follow where it goes.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Work continues and an art tour.


I took two people out on the coastal path to draw this morning on my art tour, which was nice and the weather held for us and we all got quite a few drawings done. One lady was from High Wycombe and the other from Dusseldorf since then I have done shopping and some drawing. Oh the exciting life of an artist.

 The other side of that is that am am satisfied with the amount of drawing time I have fitted in in the last 24 hours, so above is my drawing that I showed yesterday with a lot more lines and also colour, might even get it finished tonight. I must admit that I am rather pleased with it already and as it is an amalgam of one of my Monochrome Set works with a grid motif thrown in and something that came from my 'obliterarty' series. I am thinking of leaving the grid interiors in their black and white state and just colouring the remain circles, I believe I will be very satisfied by that.
With this kind of satisfaction from the works I do big or small I can hardly play at being that kind of 'tortured artist' because I can get quite a deep joy from finishing a drawing or two.

 Talking of one or two finished drawings I managed to finish two more drawing or more like two sides of the same drawing, so above and below are both sides of this work. So the first one is done with the large dots being drawn on the reverse side with a cheap WB permanent marker, bullet tip. I really like the way the ink bleeds through cartridge paper and the way it spreads and gathers, ah the simple things in life. The smaller dots were done with a uni-pin fine liner 0.8.
The other side of the paper below is those dots as they were drawn and then encircling them with the same 0.8 fine liner and the a 0.5 fine liner to do the lines.

When I did the original drawing I also put a cheap sheet of drawing paper underneath to see what else would print through and above is how I left it.

I will be off to draw and relax soon after all it is Friday and it has been quite a tiring week.