Sunday, 24 September 2017

New finished drawing, work in progress and non abstract drawings.


Above is the drawing I finished off last evening and I am very pleased with it indeed. It has a certain delicacy that some of my drawings don't.

After I spent a few minutes taking in my last finished drawing I then set about going on to the next one. I chose two pens to do three things and then I will later chose a third pen after I have finished with the second one.

Today had a bit of a slow morning and a bit of a lay in and after we went up to Barnoon to tidy up and get ready for the drawing group and then watercolour tomorrow.

On the way down town after leaving the workshop to get some supplies for tonight and to get lemons for our soap workshops at The Lost Gardens of Heligan this coming week on Wednesday and Friday. It was really sunny on top of Barnoon Hill but looking over to The Island and towards Godrevy the sea mist had really closed in and obscured them.

 Over the last couple of years and through the course of writing these blogs for over 550 daily missives I have focused in on what I am doing as an artist. Mainly I now know that most of my work seems to fit the description of 'Contemporary Abstract Drawing'. I am happy with that as a definition but I am sure others might argue otherwise. Whilst this has come into focus I have also been developing a more minimal way of drawing non abstract works. I am going to maybe do some larger ones over the winter period, I want to explore it more. Above and the three below are examples of two strands I want to explore more.

I am off to do more to my work in progress......

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Art Drops and new work.


Above is the work in progress I continued with last evening but I cannot make my mind up if it is finished yet. Hmmm.

Today we had a quiet days portrait session and so it became a bit of a social and I got on with my other drawing that I showed yesterday that I have now finished, see below.

After we all left the workshop we all decided a fitting ending to The September Festival was to have a quick one in The Castle Inn on Fore Street and for our entertainment The Bamaluz Bootleggers were performing and brought a fun informal attitude to the proceedings. A good ending to the last 15 days.

Today I did a little art drop in the same place that I did one the other day and I found out they had been taken so two new ones placed. Above is a selection of previous art drop pieces. I normally do these on small shards of 'sea pottery' and it is nice to leave them around for people to find.

Off to draw more.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Your Face My Art, new works in a progress, The Rum & Crab Shack.


Above is the drawing I started in last evenings session an I am probably going to add to it tonight.

Today started at Barnoon Workshop with a Shibori Tie Dye session our final workshop of The St Ives September Festival although we still have a portraits session 11:00 - 16:00 tomorrow.

After the morning session we had a light lunch treat at The Rum & Crab Shack, see above. Whilst there I bumped into Chris the twin from the shack that has now opened the Exeter R&CS only a brief chat but lovely to see him again.

We then had a bit of time to mooch around town which we don't get very often and prepare ourselves for this evenings portrait studio. I also dropped off a couple of my whole sketchbook works to Trim's for Andrew to show his Sister and later Zoe and I were joined by Gazelle ready for Your Face My Art.

Considering the weather this evening we had quite a few visitors and I also got chosen to do a portrait in my 'ostraca' style and above is the drawing I produced on a pottery shard beach find in a wotnot box. Zoe and Gazelle also did portraits and friends Audrey and Nick came up to say goodbye until next time the head down here. So a lovely little evening event with a nice vibe too. 

In the gaps today I have also started this drawing and it is my new work in progress 'up at the workshop' and we will see if I have anytime to add to it in tomorrows Barnoon event. We will see.

Above is a drawing I did in The Penwith Gallery a couple of days ago and I had a look at it again today and I really like it now. It represents a nice little drawing session with Sandy who had first come to the drawing group on Monday and joined me on a art/drawing tour on Tuesday and then turned up for 'buildings and architecture' on Wednesday. So today as the Shibori class her and husband John turned up and to give us a present, a carrier bag of home grown veg and to say goodbye and when they make it down to St Ives again she has vowed to come to drawing again.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

New finished drawings and bit of Today.


Above is a drawing I finished last evening that has taken a few sittings and a bit of thinking time in between.

Also whilst drawing last evening I added to the cover of one of my tour sketchbooks.

Today started with me sorting out some stuff at the workshop for today's sculpture session. I was also there just in case we had takers for the drawing tour but it had been cold and looked a bit rainy early on so I guessed that there wouldn't be one. For a while I was able to get on with another work in progress and above is how far I got whilst having my coffee, getting near the finish.

I have been trying to remember to document my day more and so here is a picture of the back of the Tate.

Above is a quick shot of the sculpture workshop in action.

Just before and over lunch I managed to actually finish this new drawing and very pleased with it I am too and it seems to have the wow factor to the couple of people I have showed it too.

This afternoon and evening just flew by and now I am about to get on with some drawing, how unusual......


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Work in progress and The Penwith Gallery.


Above is the work in progress that has been on the go for a few days now with me doing the odd half hour to get it moved on and completed. I also did a bit of drawing last evening but forgot to take a pic.

Today has been a busy day all in all. We had a slightly over sold sculpture workshop today that my wife was leading, I helped set up and help organise a few things for it and the had a tour for one. Sandy who had been to monday mornings drawing group and then was on my tour yesterday again arrived for buildings and architecture. The weather was rubbish so we went off to draw and headed to The Penwith Gallery to seek some shelter. It was a lovely little session lots of drawing and lots of chat. It was also nice to show someone a gallery that they hadn't been to before, The Penwith Gallery is very important to me and even part of what set me off on the road to being and artist.

As a youngster my parents brought me to Penwith for many holidays mainly staying in Sennen Cove but we always went to St Ives for some beach and culture. I remember a visit to The Leach Pottery but more regularly over the years we would end up in the Penwith Gallery and I have no idea of the who the artist were on the wall, the potters but I think a sense of abstract came into view. I remember thinking that what I was seeing was far more exciting than what I had seen in Galleries in Manchester. I already had a vague notion that for some reason it seemed more interesting and free thinking than the wonderfully executed classics from art history, not that there is much if anything wrong with old paintings but these seemed new and exciting and to be looked at with the same reverence even if you didn't like some of them. I had no idea that this regular holiday experience would have set something off in my head like a very slow time bomb that would softly explode as I became more of a visual artist.

Above is a small bit of a sign on a car park that just shows the modern world off in less than a good light. Neat bit of design though.

After an afternoon in the grocers I went back up to the workshop and then finally back into town down Barnoon Hill with the Palais De Danse on the left. I should do another few drawings of this view in the future.

I am now off to draw, see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Book Launch, new drawing and malarky.


 Above is the drawing I did last night started and completed in one whole session and although it is not the best pic of it I am happy with this, another experiment in drawing done.

Today was another day of us running our arts workshop, we had an upcycled jewellery session on all day and I had a drawing tour now the weather has got better.

Whilst out on the drawing tour today I showed off a small wall of  'Leach' tiles near Porth Gwidden. I love these tiles and above is the snail one I know almost nothing about how these tiles got here and I must try and find out more. Perhaps a visit to The St Ives Archive would be a good source of information on this subject.

At the end of workshops today I did a 'docu' shot from outside Barnoon.

After workshops were over we went into town for a quick bite and then on to a book launch.

Above is a quick blog pic of Ann Kelley doing her talk at her book launch for 'On Moonlit Night'. Ann has been attending our Monday morning drawing class for well over a year now and what we didn't realise then was Ann was about to decide that she was going to illustrate her next book. I am thrilled and honoured that my wife Zoe Eaton is the first name in the acknowledgements and I am second on the list. We arrived slightly late and got instantly named as Ann's drawing teachers. It was a lovely event with a hint or two of Prosecco. It was also really nice to see many of Ann's framed originals of the drawings from the book.

We then went on to join our friends Nick and Audrey in The Kettle. We first met them when they started to use our Arts Cafe, and indeed Audrey first got pointed to our little establishment by meeting my wife's daughter at a creative writing workshop in the library. By the time the next festival happened as this happened in our first September Festival Zoe started an event at the cafe called 'Free Speech' which became a bit of an institution in the Lit and Sept fests. Audrey would always attend and deliver her latest poems and writings.

It is part of what happens when events are put on friendships are made and since we have moved on to being the Barnoon Workshop 'people' they have continued to support what we do. Tonight it was lovely to pass some time chatting and finding out more about each other, in all the years we have known each other that we have had a social.

All in all a good day, I am off to start a drawing that I am only contemplating as I write this. I wonder what I will do....


Monday, 18 September 2017

New drawing and larger time consuming works. David Bowie commemorative drawing.


Above is the drawing I might have finished in last evenings drawing session, so far I think it is done but I do have a slight nagging feeling I should add some colour. However that that could be just for another drawing in the future.

Above is a quick pic I took on my way to work this morning, not a bad commute!

Having arrived at Barnoon Workshop the Monday morning drawing group arrived and today we were drawing ..... me.....

Above is one of the drawings from this mornings session of the artist as model. After the session we had a quick lunch and then had a coffee and a top up at The Rum and Crab Shack then back up to the workshop to get some things ready for tomorrows upcycled jewellery class.

Above is the drawing that I managed to get a bit more work done on, it is A2 in size and I haven't organised anything to transport it home yet safely but it is a good little project to dip in and out of whilst manning the workshop. I am starting to really like the way this drawing is going and looking forward to just admiring the completed version for a bit. I do seem to like doing these drawings that are a minimal concept to start out with. Three different pens, one for lines and two for dots.. Yellow Red Black. Having decided that in my head I am now a good few hours into the making of this work.

I must enjoy these acts of repetition otherwise I wouldn't do them would I? And I do actually enjoy the experience especially when a drawing builds at a reasonably pace one or two drawings I have done in the past you would be hardly able to tell what an hours work had done but with those it is the closing sessions that are the fun ones. Knowing you are near the finishing line and realising what an epic journey it has been. I will show a few labour intensive works below.

Above and below is a line drawing that took a while, probably done over a two month period.

This drawing above also took quite a lot of time and although the inside section grew quite quickly it being with the larger dots but the outside fine liner dots seemed to go on forever and the rest of the drawing slowly evolved into the completed work.
I was overjoyed when I sat back and had a good look at it and I am still very pleased with it especially as it is my only commemorative work done after the death of David Bowie.

Above is another of my larger scale drawings that took many many hours and many many sessions to complete.

Above is another detail from another larger drawing just to show you some detail from one of my time consuming works. Below the full picture.

Above is a final one in this kind of works.

Now my thoughts turn to what I might draw when I start in a little while.

See you tomorrow.