Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A search for pattern.

Tuesday: My Birthday.

So I am going to show the drawing I am working on, the 139th in my book and an overview and come back with a more wordy one tomorrow.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Ann Kelley On A Moonlit Night and new drawings.


 Above is yet again a new drawing I did in yesterdays drawing session, I didn't quite finished it off so I finished it off in a couple of bites today, I now have only two pages and inside covers to do. I am quite excited that I have nearly completed this project and that I will be able to start on new projects.

On Monday mornings as I blog every week I attend my wife's drawing class at Barnoon Workshop and thoroughly enjoy it. This weeks project was to produce or start to produce a 'poster' type drawing to promote St Ives. The whole group went up to Barnoon Terrace to take in some views and get inspiration and some preparatory sketches for this work and above is the bare bones of what I hope will become my finished work above. I intend to add colour and wording and a bit more detail to complete it. All the group worked hard and produced varied and interesting images.

Today was also a very auspicious day for Zoe's drawing group as one of our regulars joined the group in order to produce drawings for her latest book and today was the day when Ann Kelley presented us with a copy of her new book completed, see below.

It is a very charming work and one of the even more lovely things about it is that my wife Zoe Eaton gets the top acknowledgment I am also very pleased that I also get one too. Ann signed it for us too which is great. Who knew that when the drawing group started that it would have spin offs such as this. Fantastic.

I am preparing to do a bit of drawing later and hopefully get to finish my book in the next few days too, although mine is not likely to be published as yet or maybe never.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

New Drawing, art drop, Clodgy and Poldark


Above is the drawing I did yesterday evening and it is the 137th page in my book and I hope to get the next one done tonight as I edge ever nearer to the completion of this work that has dominated my drawing life outside of my drawing tours for nearly the last three months. I am now starting to get my plans together for my next works. I think some of them will be A3 sized as I have some quality paper that I collected a while ago with prints on one side that I got from an exhibition a while ago, I got the works out of interest but I don't really want to keep them so I will draw on the reverse. Apparently there is quite a history of this in St Ives as well as with many artist around the world.

Today was my first day off in two weeks and so we spent some quality time as a family out on a walk but I still squeezed in an art drop.

Above is a pic of todays art drop 'in situ' that I squeezed in whilst we on our walk and below is a bit more of a close-up. At this point normally when I do these drops and then include them in my blog I get curious to know if anyone has happened upon them yet....

Above and below are two of the glorious views we had from our walk out to Clodgy today and it is a times like these I realise we are so lucky to live where we do.

I also got rather captivated by these purple flowers I think they are from a plant called ling it is a bit like heather.

Well I am off to watch Poldark and do some drawing. We will be looking out for the 'extras' in the drama as we know a few of them.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

St Ives and new works.


Above is drawing 135 in my whole sketchbook work and I am really getting a sense of achievement as I approach the end of this work and it looks like I will have it completed in under 3 months especially as I have been able to finish drawing 136. I managed to fit it in whilst manning our contemporary portrait studio this afternoon.

Above is a shot out to sea from just above Porthmeor that I took this afternoon which was a stark contrast to this mornings weather. I left home at 10:40 am to get up to the workshop in time for a possible drawing tour that I attempt to deliver five mornings a week, within two minutes of leaving the house the heavens opened and I was wet through by the time I got to our workshop, it probably only takes seven minutes to get there but the deluge won. As I waited to see if anyone turned up it eased off slightly and one lady turned up for it but we both decided it was rather pointless to go on drawing/art tour.

My wife arrived and I spent an hour only half drying out before we went out putting the signs out for the 'Your Face My Art' and we got four people who wanted portraits but today they only wanted my wife's works, so Gazelle and myself got on with our own work and chatted to the families who arrived. Interestingly one German family turned up to get their daughters portrait and whilst chatting we found out that at the moment the were living in Milton Keynes which is where we used to live before we relocated to St Ives and started our previous business an arts cafe, it is now nearly seven years to the day since we opened the doors of our catering and art business. Sometimes time seems to fly by, I find it almost unbelievable that it is that many years. Whilst we were in our cafe business it was hard to establish ourselves down here as artists and actually it still is because work always comes first over our art. Having said that my wife is now working on a series of fourteen paintings and I have my daily drawing routine, up until last October we both had gallery representation but sadly the gallery had to close and we are both looking for new galleries to represent our work. We also have a plan to use the workshop to become a bit more of a gallery space in the future that will include our own shows and also for us to curate some interesting contemporary shows too. When we open our gallery side we will then be the closest gallery to Tate St Ives.

I will be off to draw and relax shortly and to get nearer to the completion of my book and to work out exactly what tack I will take with my next series of works.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Always new work and what happens in St Ives.


Above is the drawing I started last night in my drawing time and managed to finish in gaps in work today.

I did a little art drop today near The Barnoon Workshop. I quite regularly do these random art drops of my smaller works around St Ives and other places that I visit from time to time. So if you visit here keep your eyes open and feel free to pick them up if you like them and take them home with you as a little art present from me and St Ives.

My art tour today was a wash-out as it sometimes is.

After work today as a bit of an end of the week treat we ended up down The Wharf and after a rain shower we got this fabulous rainbow beyond the harbour.

Since then we have had a little social in the Western Hotel 'garden' a small reward and some fun after being an artist and a grocer today. A good small crowd of us gathered for our Friday evening drinkies, my wife, son, step daughter fellow Barnooner Erin Lacy from Pick Pretty Paints, The Statue Man Mark and his wife Ruth and Adam and Sally from St Ives Glass shop in Cyril Noall Square and a nice evening full of banter it was.

I am now having thoughts on how I am going to finish off my Monochrome Set whole sketchbook work that has in some ways consumed my drawing over the last couple of mouths or so.

Well I am off to draw and think and relax and also to get ready for my drawing tour tomorrow as long as the weather holds for it, who knows.....

Back tomorrow.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

New Drawings, A drawing tour.


Above and below are the two new drawings that I have done in the last 24 hours. I as usual am pretty happy with them and also I am getting happier and happier as I get nearer the end of this whole sketchbook work. I will hopefully be finished with it in the next week.

When I normally get to the end of a whole sketchbook work I would normally go back through the book to see if all drawings are done to my satisfaction and maybe add a bit more but up to this point I am convinced that only one drawing might be tampered with. I am thinking it is a little unfinished rather than a bit minimal also a few folk who have been with me on the journey of the book seem to point it out I would not normally let this influence me much but as the are my 'inner sanctum' and I am rather unsure this one drawing might get 'tarted up' at the end of proceedings. We will see when I get page 140 and the inside covers done. I also have to resolve what I will do on the front and back covers. I hadn't thought about it too much but the thought that I might turn the monochrome idea on its head, the pages are white with black ink and the covers are black so white pens might work but I had it suggested to me today by friend Jowan that instead of covering both covers in white on black I might not do much to the front so as you open it you have no real expectation of what might be inside. This has led me to think I might just do a very minimal title on the front and then attend to the back cover, we will see when I get there.

This morning I had a nice group turn up for my outdoor drawing class, we went down to Porthmeor, it was a bit windy but the rain held off. Not many were experienced drawers so I was in advice mode.

Above is a quick example I did of 'continuous line' drawing and below is a 'scribble' drawing in pencil showing how you can build up form in that manner.

I am off to draw in a bit and I am also keeping my fingers crossed for good enough weather tomorrow that we will have another outdoor drawing class out on the coastal path. We will see.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Abstract and 'real' and real.


Above is the latest finished drawing in my whole sketchbook work that has been a feature of my blog over the last two and a half months as I have worked my way through this latest project. As I have been reporting I am getting near the end and maybe I will have the whole thing finished in a week or so.

 Above and below are two drawings I did today on my buildings and architecture tour, one as an illustration of continuous line drawing and the other showing a soft pencil technique.

Above is a drawing I did yesterday also as a bit of an example to show a pencil scribble technique, it is showing the rocks and the edge of The Island. I have recently been really enjoying drawing real things instead of doing my abstract work and I am lucky that I get to draw as part of my paid work as well as doing my 'work'.

Above is a rather misty view looking over Porthmeor towards Man's Head and Clodgy, a beautiful and moody scene.

Well as usual I am off to draw in a bit and relax after quite a full day of work.