Monday, 22 May 2017

Boris Johnson, Grant Curnow, Jeremy Dellar and Barnoon Workshp.

Monday:


 Above is the drawing I completed in last evenings drawing session and I am really very pleased with it. I am not exactly sure why but it just really works for me.



When that drawing was done I launched into the next one but didn't complete it, so it is where I start tonight and lets see where this goes.


Today started as it does every week with attending and helping at the Monday morning open drawing group at Barnoon Workshop. The subject was using oil pastels and we all drew a variety of interesting and different vegetables, I forgot to get pics of mine but right at the end I had a little abstract moment as you can see by the drawing above.

The class this morning was a very jolly and vibrant affair a couple of our regulars couldn't make it this week but we had three extras drop in and by midday we had a huge amount of drawings between us.

Class over and I nipped off down town to pick up lunch items and found that there were quite a few policemen, none of them were our local officer so I started to wonder what was going on, I popped into the building society and on exiting carried on up the road observing more policemen and some rather obvious plains clothes officers too. I went to the co-op bought lunch and when I came out I was passed by a rather sleek and huge Jaguar with blackened windows and a Range Rover also with blackened windows. I just knew it was to do with our General Election and that it wasn't Jeremy Corbyn as he was up north I turned the corner, the cars had stopped and out popped Boris Johnson a little shorty and more rotund than I thought he would be and unfortunately I wasn't  near enough to him to be able to as k him an awkward question, so I headed back up to the workshop to assemble our new table and have lunch.

Lunch was had and the table got put together and we tidied up and headed down into town again picked up a bit of shopping and headed home to do some work.

Before work got started we both logged on to our social media to find a video from Cornwall Live. It showed our friend and ex fellow trader in The Drill Hall Grant having a bit of a loud 'chat' aimed at Boris, however Boris didn't seem to have any answers to Grant's awkward questions and scuttled off to his car to get away. By the time of writing this blog some of the video online has had more than half a million views. It does give an idea of just how unpopular the Tories have become and especially recently since their brutally uncaring manifesto.

I am now feeling hopeful that we will have a change of government when votes are counted the morning of 9th June and that our country will become a fairer place to live in.

I also read a Guardian  Online piece about the posters that have been going up in and around London with 'Strong And Stable, My Arse', proclaimed on them turns out to be an 'art piece' or just plain protest by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Dellar. Top Man! Quite a few years ago I met Jeremy Dellar a few times when I was teaching. My wife's art class at the time had a few visits from him involving her class in an exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery. He seemed like a very interesting well centred fellow an is a very interesting artist in many different areas of the art.

Anyway I am off to draw and see if some of the events today will make the news on the TV.

Cheers!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

'Whole Sketchbook and other things.


Above is a drawing that was completed in last evenings drawing session. It had been started the day before but most of the work was done in one final hit. It is another drawing that I think has come out rather well and fits with my current themes and process in the 'whole sketchbook' that I am working on. I am less than a quarter of the way into this endeavour but I am getting deeply into it and enjoying it as it unfolds.


So with that in mind I then started this drawing above, all this work so far has me thinking about starting to draw a new larger drawing I have an unused A1 size sheet of Fabriano 300gsm left and I was waiting for the right idea to use it. I was spurred onto thinking about it as I only have a few weeks to enter The Exeter Open Exhibition which I entered for the first time last year. I didn't get selected in last years but I feel I must enter again and unlikely as it is you never know.

Today I have done a beginners guitar workshop so that was me 11am until 4pm it was a gentle day of teaching.

I now have had dinner, put the bins out and written this blog and then I am off to draw.

Not the most eventful day but a nice one and looking forward to the week to come.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

New drawings and my day.

Saturday:


Above is one of the two drawings I completed in last nights drawing session. Whilst drawing I saw a rather jaundiced edition of the BBC News. The so totally seem to be spouting a lot of Tory propaganda and I guess we just have to see through that for the moment. I do hope things change for the better come election day.


Above is the second drawing from last night and is the 27th completed drawing in my new book which I think has 140 pages. So I have quite a long way to go to get this project done.

Today started as most do now with me heading up to the workshop at Barnoon to see if anyone was on my art tour, I wasn't really expecting anyone as the weather was a bit against it and indeed I was right.

So I spent a short while drawing before meeting her at the library, I also met with Rob and Rex on the Labour Party stall near the library. It seems their election campaign is going well, supporting their new candidate Chris Drew.

We then went of to have a lunch in The Queens Hotel and have discussions on an exhibition project that we had an idea for a while ago now but it was put on the back-burner over the winter because we had other stuff to worry about.......
Still it was back on the agenda today and now we have managed to get over winter what with the Porthmeor/Barnoon  footpath being open again so people are actually picking up leaflets and dropping in to various workshops. I cannot reveal what the exhibition idea is yet but, well I can't

Since then we have been shopping and had a lovely dinner and I am writing this blog earlier than I normally would. I have a couple of things to do now so I will sign off until tomorrow and then get ready to finish that drawing above off.

Cheers

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday in the life of an artist......

Friday:



Above is the drawing I started two evenings ago, I thought it would take less time than it actually did, not an uncommon thing.


Above is a drawing I started and finished in my drawing session it also took a little long than I thought it would. I do wonder but not for long how I will start tonights new drawing. I am sure I won't think for too long I have so many ideas so I don't really get that blank sheet of paper feeling that some get embarking on a new drawing.


Today started with us going up to Barnoon Workshop, I had a taker for my coastal drawing tour, a lady from Chicago and above is one of the drawings I did whilst on the coast path towards Man's Head. We spent nearly an hour and a half up on the coast path drawing and also having a bit of a cultural exchange as we drew.


Above is the final view from the last place we stopped to draw and what a beautiful place to be. It can be hard to make a living as an artist here but it does have it's compensations.


There were some great clouds from our vantage point at The Porthmeor Beach Cafe in the photos my wife took above and below.



We went onto the beach and I got a bit fascinated by how grainy some parts of the strand line were this week.


I also did a small random bit of environmental art.


Us and our workshop hit the press this week in The St Ives Times & Echo.

Well I am off to draw.

Cheers!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Art drop, drawing and gubbins.

Thursday:


Above is the drawing I worked on last night but didn't finish so not that much to say about it so far except I will probably complete it in a while.

Today started with me ending up at the place below, I was doing a drawing class with the umbrella title of Beach Life but with this as a view and plenty of people there was a lot to draw. An hour and half flew by.



Above and below are two pages of quick drawings that I did in this drawing session.


I then returned home for lunch and then we went out to have a meeting at The Sloop Arts and Craft Market. and below is part of the evidence. Erin's newly printed bags.



Above is another bit of the evidence of that meeting, we had this little threat between the three of us and damn lovely it was too.


Also whilst out and about this afternoon I did this little art drop, I wonder if it has been found yet?

Well I am off to draw and get ready for tomorrow.

Cheers.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

New Drawing, New Tour and Draw and stuff.

Wednesday:


 A standard start to my blog today, above is a drawing I completed in my drawing session yesterday evening. some of the last drawings have been covering the whole page and just for a change I did something a little more minimal I am sure that might change. This is another page in my whole sketchbook work that I have been working on for just over 2 weeks and I think good progress is being made.

I did start another drawing but it quite a basic start so far so not worth recording.

Today I went up to the workshop for one of our new drawing tours and the weather isn't that great again so I was wondering if anyone would turn up and also because these are new activities so the publicity hasn't been around long.


 On my way I saw this random sight beside the Stennack River and then below is the approach to the workshop and at last after over two years one of the cranes is being dismantled to be taken away.


On arrival at the workshop I then found a hardy drawer ready to go out and draw some of the buildings around town.


 First of all we went half way down Barnoon Hill and this was the drawing I did in light rain of the top end of The Palais De Dance, Barbara Hepworth's other studio and where a lot of her larger work was done.


 We then nipped round to Barnoon Terrace and I did this drawing looking out to Godrevy Lighthouse.
The very lighhouse that is the focus of Viginia Wolf's book 'To The Lighthouse' that she wrote in St Ives.


Above is a slightly blurred pic of my third drawing on this tour and is a view of the back end of The Sloop Inn from the elevated position behind Norway Square above the sailing club. Below is what it really looks like.




At the end of the tour I had 5 minutes to make a last quick sketch of The Mount Zion coffee shop just behind the back end of The Wharf.


Above is another little view I had today and shows the kind of sea pottery I pick up on the beach and use a lot of them for my art drops. Below gives you the idea.



I am off to draw. Cheers.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New Drawings, Abstract Drawing Workshop and SID.

Tuesday:


Above is a drawing I finished in last evening session, each work in this book is a progression of previous threads of ideas with a new twist added or taken away for each one.


Above is the second I worked on yesterday and completed I am reminded of a crazy Newton's Cradle, well sort of....

Today started with wet weather so I doubted my 'Tour and Draw' would be running but I went up to Barnoon Workshop to see if anyone turned up. I was correct it was just too damp. I did some drawing and then went into town to get a few things from The Times and Echo office, we have more posters to laminate. Oh the life of an artist isn't just about doing your own work, I do wish it was I could take on some larger projects, one day I hope that will be the case but who knows.

This afternoon I held and Abstract Drawing workshop for two. I took them on a drawing journey to explore their inner abstract artist. It went really well with both students seemingly throwing themselves right in at the deep end. I took them through warming up exercise using various drawing media and finishing up with a larger scale drawing project. Both students were familiar with my work which was nice and there were periods of solid talk and debate over what to do and followed by periods of quiet concentration. In the early versions of this workshop I used to draw with them but I realised that that might put too much of an influence on the students so I only started drawing whilst they were on their final larger work. The results at the end were one has a large drawing plotted out but needs much more work and the other finished a A3 piece. He did that with sharpies and had already looked at my books in the spring open exhibition at The Mariners Gallery that he was really happy with the way sharpies bled through 140g paper, so he was even happier with the reverse side of his work. I call that the 'bleeding narrative' and has been a feature of many works over the last few years.



Whilst the concluding part of my Abstract Drawing workshop took place I took the time to finish this drawing above. I really enjoy doing this workshop and really enjoy the people I get ready to explore and I am going to continue doing it from time to time although I never get large numbers the folk I do get really seem to get into it.

Since then I have been home, had dinner and then had to run out to a SID (St Ives In December) meeting representing The St Ives Lantern Parade which has been based at Barnoon Workshop since it started 2 winters ago. Meetings always go on too long but it was a good meeting and I set out what we needed to do a good show this year. I hope we get the funding, we have been a considerably underfunded so far but that we think have seeded the event and people seem to want it again which is really nice so fingers crossed for enough funding to make this work and fun.

Cheers I am off to draw.....


Monday, 15 May 2017

Barnoon Workshop, Contemporary Abstract Drawing.

Monday:



Above is another drawing that I have completed in my latest whole sketchbook work, I am about 2 weeks into it and have done some 20 pages of it so far. I am getting immersed in this project and I am really enjoying the exploration of these ideas and processes.

Below is the drawing I started last night and need to get on with later.




 Well today started as most Mondays do with my wifes drawing class at Barnoon workshop and above gives you a bit of an idea what the group produced whilst drawing fruit with charcoal and then ink and charcoal. A most enjoyable session with great banter.


Above is my final drawing from the workshop this morning my drawing and ink wash kiwi fruit. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have believed I would take such enjoyment out of drawing a kiwi fruit on a Monday morning but drawing 'real stuff' is a perfect antidote to doing all the abstract work that I do. I now believe that both types of drawing are I feel really starting to inform each other.

I love drawing.

Cheers.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

New works of Contemporary Abstract Drawing

Sunday:


 Above is the drawing I finished off that I started in the day yesterday, I am liking it a lot. It seems to be an ever expanding play and deconstruction of dots and lines. All my current drawings seem to come from the wide 'brief' of, 1. Draw the main structure of the drawing. 2. Add to it.


Above is another drawing that I did and completed last night built on the said same principles of points 1 and 2. There seems to be endless things I can do with that as my starting block. It is good for my imagination to keep thinking creatively, as I often say I get more than one idea out of doing one drawing whilst in the act of doing it. I seem to have got to the stage where I am an endless ideas factory which I suppose is better than having to dredge up a new idea, mine are flowing as I explore.



Today has been a day of updating our website, getting the workshop ready for this coming week. Then we had a quick walk around town and above is a view down The Digey at about 5 this afternoon.

Since then a few home chores and now off to draw soon.

Cheers

Saturday, 13 May 2017

New work

Saturday:


Above is the drawing that I did last night, I am averaging just over one drawing a day in this new sketchbook.



Today was spent by being at The Library on the Barnoon Workshop stall at the Education Hub it wasn't that busy but we still managed to give out leaflets and talk to quite a few people. Zoe was with me for some of the time but had to then go up to the workshop to host a Hen Party making candles. I continued until I started packing up and made it up for the second half of the candle making.

Above is a drawing I managed to strt in moments at the Library.


Above is a view into the back garden.....

Not much else to report so I am off to finish that drawing.

Cheers.

Friday, 12 May 2017

New Drawings, St Ives Library and stuff.

Friday:


Last night I managed to the drawing above and started the one below. I think the whole sketchbook work that embarked on just over a week ago is going rather well so far.



So today I have been running around getting ready for tomorrow and also sorting many different things, finished this drawing off and ended up representing Barnoon Workshop with my wife at the Education Hub at St Ives Library. The Library is being taken over by the Town Council in the autumn and is going to provide lots of educational and creative opportunities.

While we were there handing out leaflets about future courses at Barnoon I managed to start another drawing as it wasn't that busy after the first 45 minutes and the event shut about half an hour early.

Whilst I have been writing this I have also been watching Have I Got News For You, which is a program that has always been close to my heart as the theme music was recorded by an old and sadly now deceased friend Big George Webley, who in the past also produced the first recording of one of my old bands New Mutants, the first time I appeared on record and also my old friend Tim Searle who was the head of Triffic Films who did the titles until this new series. I am biased but they seem a little sterile now also I played many gigs with as we were both members of The Blues Collective for many years. Another strange tangent was also on this program my facebook friend and former Factory recording artist Kevin Hewick appeared on the show next to Jeremy Corbyn when they feature footage from his rally in Leicester earlier in the week......

Well I am off to draw.

Cheers!