Sunday, 25 June 2017

New drawing and some from my drawing tours.

The day of rest:

Last evening I spent quite a bit of the night watching/listening to Glastonbury whilst drawing. I only finished one whole drawing last night but I did start a second which I have spent quite a bit of time on but should get it finished in my session tonight.

Above is an art drop I did today whilst sorting out a few bits at the workshop and making more space up there.

Below are a few of the drawings I have done whilst conducting our drawing tours this week.

Above one from Wednesday's 'buildings' drawing tour from Barnoon Terrace.

Above a few gestural drawings from Thursdays 'beach life' and below some from Friday's Flora and Fauna. I really do enjoy drawing plants.

I am now off to draw and watch Poldark.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Glastonbury Festival, New Drawings and Sea Pottery.


It is Saturday now but let me bring you up to date with the drawing I managed to complete in the last 24 hours. Above is the first drawing I completed even though I had already made a bit of a start yesterday. As I am accustomed at the moment I slipped into the next idea and started drawing almost immediately

Above is that drawing started and completed whilst watching the Glastonbury Festival coverage, it went from a round up of some of the highlights and onto the entire Radiohead set. I have been quite a fan probably from the second album The Bends although everyone knew Creep before that. I have always been delighted by their stance and the more avant garde side of the band and last night was two hours of strange wonder from them. Safe to say I was totally enthralled.

I started the drawing above last night also and made a good start but didn't finish as we had work tomorrow.

So Saturday started with us opening the workshop up for a drawing workshop that was booked for a group of ladies. We found out quickly that this learning to draw session was booked by one lady as a surprise for the group' I did the first three quarters of an hour with them before my drawing tour which took slightly longer than usual as when we go to look at two of the large paintings housed there as we had finished looking at these painting I realised the council chamber was open so we popped in to take a look at a very special oil painting inside. I have only given it a quick look before at a seminar earlier in the year on online marketing. I had spied it then and so with this opportunity we popped in for a gander. It was quite a bit older than the works in and around the stair well and showed only some visible signs of modern St Ives. Some of the Harbour, the Church and The Terrace above up where the Leisure Centre and The Junior School is was a tin mine. I must get back in there for another look sometime and find out more about it too, it was also a fitting end to our tour and draw.

After the tour we went and manned the workshop where we were intending to do a portrait session however the weather was against us but I had one taker for one of my 'Ostraca Profiles' but quite frankly it was very quiet. A friend and fellow artist Gazelle came and joined us and we spant a happy afternoon chatting and working on some of our own drawings.

Above is the drawing I finished in the gaps this afternoon.

I have also managed to do my next art drop which is below. Five fragments of 'sea pottery with ideas flowing out from my book ideas. These sea pottery fragments I like to collect from the beach and then draw on them it makes quite a change from flat paper. I tend to leave them around for people to find and pick up and sometimes I also give them as little presents. All the most recent ones have been found and that was a bit of the motivation to do a few more so I will probably sign these tomorrow and put them somewhere.

I am off to draw now and probably watch more of the Glastonbury Festival music coverage.

Cheers all!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday, New drawings etc.


Today has been a day of a drawing workshop on the coastal path, good weather but a little windy. Some lovely drawings done of the flora and fauna around Man's Head. I saw a baby adder moving off the coastal path at quite a rate, it was no more than 6 inches long and almost worm thin. Whilst drawing we spotted quite a few Common Blue butterflies, we also had quite a close low level fly-by of RAF Hercules. So all in all a nice session.

This afternoon we worked on improvements to the Workshop.

 Above is the first drawing I did in last evenings drawing session a much lighter treatment to some of the drawings in this book so far and a lighter contrast to more intense works.

And above is the second drawing I did last night and I think it is probably number 82 so far out of 140, so quite a bit over halfway and I have already started the next one which is well on the way and what I will be getting on with soon.

I am now watching the Glastonbury Festival coverage on the BBC. I first went in 1979 and the last time was 1992. One day who knows I may return and I think that every year when I watch it on TV.

I am off now.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

New drawings and drawing.


In the last 24 hours I have done three drawings, The one above is from my whole sketchbook work that seems to have taken over all my drawing hours and to break that up a little I sometimes do smaller drawings on small sea pottery fragments that become my 'art drops'. The two below I left out and about for people to find. These are informed by all these recent drawings I have been doing in a real flow in my recent project. I am now really starting to think about doing some larger drawings inspired by this book project and also trying to work out how to fit in the time to do so.

Thoughts have now started to plan a joint exhibition with my wife's painting and my drawings in early October. We are slowly turning the inside of our workshop into not just a workshop but an exhibition space too. We are starting to think of a title, which may well influence what kind of work we do if we come up with it soon. The title may arrive soon or not who knows.

Today I did a small drawing tour/class down above Porthmeor, drawing beach life and the surrounds, an hour and a half went by pretty fast and since then we have done some very boring stuff.

So I am off to draw as I do a minimum of 360 days a year, it has become so much a part of my life over the last 10 years or more but if you had asked me then that I would be leading some drawing tours and classes in St Ives Cornwall I probably wouldn't have believed you although it was probably a small idea or fantasy but very very unlikely. How life can change.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New work, drawing tour and The Solstice.


Above is the drawing I was doing last night, I hadn't quite completed it so as I awaited my drawing tour this morning I did a bit more but I still hadn't completed it when it came time for my tour.

Today's drawing tour was on buildings, so we went off first to Barnoon Terrace and then off to the back of Norway Square and above is what I did in my sketchbook. When I say sketchbook I now have several on the go, my abstract sketchbook project and several that I am using on my drawing tours.
I was watching a documentary on Turner last night and it gave a bit of an insight into his sketchbooks and how simple some of those drawing were and how they fed into his larger work. I am sure mine have fed into my bigger works I just wish I had time to do more big works but I have all the ideas for them piling up in my books and hopefully they will be unleashed at a future date, I have so many plans.......

This afternoon after our packed lunch salad at the workshop Zoe did some painting. My wife is making her way back into her work and is starting to make progress again and I am looking forward to the results.

Whilst Zoe was painting I went outside for some sun and to draw and above is what I have done, I nearly finished it off a we caught an hour or so on Porth Gwidden and then finished it off between then and now.

I had a five minute moment and also drew on this Shell.

Well after the hottest Solstice day I can remember I am off to draw.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

New drawing and a drawing tour.


Here is my latest finished drawing above, I completed last night and another in the series The Monochrome Set in my latest book. I am continuing on the book later when I have finished this blog.

 This morning I we up to the workshop as Zoe had a private drawing class and I left them at 11am to do a drawing tour for 5 which nice. One of the gathering is an electronic musician so we swapped details and keep up with what we are doing musically.

After the tour finished I bought a couple of cold drinks to take back up to the workshop it has been nearly 30 degrees today at least. We had a late lunch after the class finished and then went for a relaxing coffee at The Rum & Crab Shack.

 Above and below ia a little art drop I did there. I kind of left them as a bit of fun if anyone finds them or as a little tip. Both were signed.

I was looking through some recent-ish non abstract drawings and thought I would share this one I did of someone on the beach before the weather has hotted up.

Above a little view out of our bedroom window just to show how green it all is. Perhaps I should draw it sometime.

I am now off to draw and relax.

Monday, 19 June 2017

New drawings and more.


 Above and below are 75 and 76 in my current book project, two very different drawings that seem to fit in a nice random way into the book as a whole, which is my intention for this work.

I also did this small pottery fragment drawing in last nights session and I am sure it will be used in a future art drop.

Man's Head

Monday starts as Monday does at Barnoon Workshop with my wife's weekly drawing class, it was good group today and we went out and about West Beach Bakery to draw and figure out perspective.
Something I think the whole group finds hard and above is my most successful drawing from this morning.

The weather was very hot today so we shared a spot of lunch on Porthmeor and even had a sighting of a pod of six or so dolphins, it always lifts your spirit.

Above is a pic in the blazing sunshine of our workshop.

This afternoon after doing a bit of planning went down town to get some fruit to draw in tomorrows private drawing lesson.

Whilst down town I bumped into Steve Jones who has been working on I should Coco's new workshop place. Steve is a well known local singer songwriter and we have played together a few times. Once in the Kettle and Wink where I play some guitar with him and Simon Guthrie and he also was the lead singer for a few Bobby Wotnot gigs that we did a few years ago and you never know we may again in the future.

I am off to draw and it is going to be a really warm night.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

74 done and 75 on the way.


Above is the 74th drawing in my latest book, I feel I am really exploring in such a rewarding way at the moment, long dots and hollow dots.....

Today has been not drawing and doing other things, like enjoying fathers day with some website work and a few other things. I did manage to sneak in a little bit and that is what I will carry on with later, number 75.

Below I am showing a selection of drawings that Jordan Jackson photographed for me a few months ago. Normally when Jordan comes round we end up making a day of it or an afternoon and an evening. Photography, food and a nice informal drink and chat. A damn good fellow and a helpful soul, the artists friend.

Above is one I sold a couple of weeks ago.

From a sketchbook


Post card and future album cover

Watercolour, ink and gel pen.

Poldark is on the television a must watch if you live in Cornwall, we know a few of the extras and always fun spotting them.

I am off to finish number 75 cheers.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Terry Frost - The Book Of Ideas and new drawings.


Above is a drawing I did two sessions ago and forgot to share it.

 Above is the the first drawing I completed yesterday in my now habitual evening drawing session that follows after my daily blog post. I sometimes think that I am losing drawing time by blogging daily but I rationalise this as an aid to thinking about what I do and putting those thoughts out there from time to time.

Today started for me with an art tour of the town, we have been running these art/drawing tours from Barnoon Workshop 5 days a week for just under 3 weeks and some of the time the weather has been a little against us but this is the first Saturday it has run and I only got one person but it is still a joy to do. So we went on the the tour as I explained about the towns art history we nipped around with me filling in art facts and we ended up on Smeatons Pier for a spot of drawing. Whilst drawing I found out that the lady on the tour had actually been an Irish dancer and had performed with a friend of mine Harry Webley aka Mosschops, small world.

After the tour Zoe and I spent the afternoon at the workshop doing various things and planning future events.

Above and below are two drawings I managed to do this afternoon whilst sitting in the idylic unbroken sunshine of this beautiful day. These drawings just seem to be pouring out of me at the moment, I feel I am in a rich vein of creativity but truly one never knows fully whether that is the case. Time will tell.

Above and the two below are a few drawings I did in my coastal flora and fauna drawing tour on Friday.

As always happens some work better than others but always a joy to do.

Also this afternoon I did an 'Ostraca' profile boxed and drawn on sea pottery.

After leaving the workshop we went for a quick pint in The Pilchard Press before going of to a private view at The Belgrave Gallery. The show is based around a large scale Terry Frost  sketchbook. As someone who does a lot of sketchbook work it was a joy to seen the whole book exhibited and with such a good exhibition title too 'The Book Of Ideas'.

Above is a quick pic at the exhibition featuring Bob Deveraux, Anthony Frost and Paul Vibert.

I am now off to draw.