Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Art Tour, Drawing and a social media seminar.


When I wrote yesterdays blog I had two pictures started but not finished so I embarked straight away on them and here they are above and below, more squares added to the first and more circles and dots added  to the second. I think they work as variations for this latest book that I am working on as I have mentioned in this last run of blogs.

Above is the new drawing I started in last evenings session, it was nearly finished when I stopped last night and during the course of today I managed to put the finishing touches to it. It seems to be more translucent than any of the previous works in this book. I am only about a quarter into the making of this new volume of 'Obliterarty' and I do wonder what I will draw in it tonight.

Today I conducted an Art Tour of St Ives, I really enjoy taking people around our fair town and pointing out some of the iconic art spots around the town. It ran over by about ten minutes but I was work showing of the two large paintings in the Guildhall.

I returned home after the tour had lunch and then we went out to get a few more posters around and then on to a social media seminar back at the Guildhall, although we seem to be reasonably upto date with that sort of thing I still found out a bit more about trends and some analytic tools to play with.

As I think a bit more of what I will draw tonight I leave you with this 'bleeding narrative' drawing above.


Monday, 27 March 2017

New drawing, works in progress and Barnoon Workshop.


Above finally is the drawing that has taken some 10 hours or more to complete. Once you start adding dots and circles to the original pattern the hours just melt away, even with taking this amount of time on one drawing I am trying to keep them somehow free and not over ordered, if that is possible.

 Above is the drawing I started directly after finishing the previous one, I am not sure it is finished yet but it might just be. For now I shall continue on with the book and worry about that later. Nice and free so far.

 This is the next drawing I started on and feel it is definitely not finished but how to move on? I didn't let that stop me drawing so today in a little gap I carried on drawing setting another up to be worked on tonight, so above and below unfinished but now tempting.

Above is a pic of something I was drawing this morning as part of DRAW! the Monday morning drawing class at Barnoon Workshop. Whilst I was doing my preliminary sketches had an interesting conversation with a member of the group about Paula Rego and the documentary that was shown on Saturday night. It certainly was a very fascinating hour and made by her son, intense honesty are the first two words that come to mind in summing up the program.

The Stennack

Above and below are a couple of pics from around town (St Ives) this afternoon whilst we were taking posters around for future events.

Tourist View

I am off to draw and think and relax and have a couple of ciders, cheers.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Drawing continues and a bit of beach time.

Sunday: The clocks went forward yesterday.

Above is the drawing I have been working on over several session and in this pic it is nearly finished off, perhaps an hours work left.

Today we went out and about and above is the little art drop I did earlier, I wonder if it has been found yet.

Also today it was so nice and sunny although a bit windy we headed down the beach at Porthmeor to do a little beachcombing and to take some benefit from this beautiful place we live in. It does take your mind off the mad things that seem to be happening in this world.

I grew up with some expectation that the world would be a better and more peaceful place with more hope and love and tolerance in it but hey that does seem to have been a bit of a pipe dream. Having said that it is a pretty good distraction.

It was so nice to spend time with my wife taking in the view and the warmth and just looking out to the horizon does restore your faith somewhat, time to breathe and think.

So I have a drawing to finish and more to get on with so I am off to finish my weeks work and look forward to next week.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Obliterarty Volume 3, first ten and work in progress. Contemporary Abstract Drawing.


Above is the drawing I did in last evenings drawing session and at the time half of me thought it was probably finished but looking at it now here I know it isn't and will carry on with it when this blog is finished. It is the 11th drawing in my latest project, 'Obliterarty Volume 3". This whole altered book will be up for sale or exhibition when it is finished, I am about a 6th in. So quite a lot to do until I reach that objective.

Today has been a lovely sunny if not slightly windy day, after getting a few posters copied we went around the town via The Arts Club and a quick beachcomb on Lambeth Beach, some sea pottery and sea glass was found then we mouched of to The Sloop Market to see Erin Lacy. Then we went home via the shops. Did some Barnoon work and ate a hearty meal with a glass of red, how cultured.

I will leave you with the first 10 pages of my new project.

I am off to draw and stuff!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Another day in my art world and stuff


Above is a drawing that has taken me some time to finish off and somewhat different to any previous 'obliterarty' drawing that I have previously done and as I completed it and looked for a couple of minutes I chose a pen and went straight onto the next drawing feeling free and I embarked on the drawing below. It felt quite joyous as I didn't seem to need the same intense concentration I had put in to the last drawing. I have no real idea why this one was so much fun doing it just was. I didn't quite finish it in last nights drawing session but I had a few moments I finished the few empty boxes to make it complete.

Today has been a running around doing a bit of this and a bit of that day even a quick visit to the Arts Club to meet Dee and Dave Brotherton.

Back home now and thinking about what I will draw tonight whilst trying to avoid bad tele. We have one disc left of a David Hockney triple set to watch is entertainment runs out. The other two were quite fascinating, it still quite amazes me how much work and in his different styles most of which I get and enjoy, even the ones I am left drawn to still seem interesting and part of the whole pantheon of his work.

This Saturday night on BBC 2 there is going to be a documentary on Paula Rego, an artist that my wife first brought to my gaze and I find her work interesting and am thoroughly looking forward to it, it will be an education. We were given the heads up on this documentary because it was brought up in Barnoon Workshop drawing group on Monday morning by one of the drawers in the group. Over the last two years the group has seen many people join us once or many times more. They are a good friendly interesting bunch of people and a great way to start the weeks 'art' with.

Just before I go off and draw I will leave you and this blog with some close ups of some of the work I have done over the last year or so. I find them interesting and I hope you do too.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

'Obliterarty' continues and thoughts and stuff.

Thursday: Today I am starting to feel better, at last I feel like myself again.

Above is the drawing I started the day before yesterday and carried on with last night, as I was still feeling a bit under the weather I didn't manage to finish it off but I did get quite a long way further into it and now feel confident I will get it finished and maybe more in this evenings session. I am yet .gain reminded that these large pages take quite a bit of filling and as soon as you start doing finer detail the prospect of a quick finish diminishes.

Today has been an interesting day with some marketing and Zoe met a new artist that may well do some courses for us in the future at Barnoon Workshop. After that I met Zoe in town to do a little shopping and arrange a few things. We had a quick coffee in Cafe Art and I also visited the Farmers Market at the Guildhall and bumped into Kaz who masterminds the market and also into gallery owner Paul Vibert. The market is need of more buskers and Kaz asked me if I would be interested but I haven't busked in this century, I may never again but it could be a bit of a challenge to get a small buskers set together and would be fun. I have seldom appeared as a solo artist except when DJing but I do remember my very first solo spot at Olney Wine Bar back in the very early eighties. I was still thinking of myself as a punk, whatever that means and had my very first band called More Trivia, we built a nice little local following from youth club gigs to pubs in and around Milton Keynes regularly pulling 100 to 150, although not always. It was great fun and enabled me to play solo as I had written and sung all the tunes for the band. So a very nervous 21 year old took on a late evening session of a few of my chirpy punky ditties on my not great acoustic guitar. To my surprise it all went very smoothly, polite to enthusiastic applause, a couple of beers from the management when I had finished and even a beer from someone in the audience. Whether I could do that now is down to time and the will to build a little set. If I had more time I would probably try but hey who knows I might give it a go in future, I do miss gigging.

So below is a cover and three drawings from my last 'obliterarty' book. I like them very much and I hope other people get them, well in the end you do what you do and see what happens.

So tonight I am off to drawing and to assimilate all the bad and sad news coming out of this country and the world. Peace to all.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New work, guitar lessons and stuff.

Wednesday: Has been an ok day.

 In last nights drawing session it took me quite a time to finish this drawing above, however lots of fine liner lines did the job and I really quite like and it goes well in the book. After that I started to tackle the next drawing but I was still feeling unwell so I made slow progress. I am now thinking what goes next, we will see when I start drawing later.

Today started a bit slowly as still feeling a bit unwell, not like me but we went up to Barnoon Workshop to get Zoe ready for her acrylic painting course (week two). Whilst I went off to get water I did this little art drop above. Two contrasting small drawings I wonder if anyone has found them yet.

After the end of Zoe's course I went back to Barnoon to help her clear up and get ready for one of two guitar classes I have now given today and now I am back home and getting a few updates from my son on the football, a friendly international between England and Germany.

I now have a few things to do and then get on with drawing and relaxing and making sure I feel better tomorrow.