Thursday, 25 May 2017

New drawing and a very tiring day.


Above and below are the drawings I worked on last night one completed which I am very happy with it's slightly more minimal approach and the other the skeleton/framework of what needs to be filled in.

Above is a little sand drawing I did today whilst we were teaching our school party on the beach it was done as an example.

Today after our workshop on the beach I was running around town getting ready for this afternoon. It was perfect weather and about 22 degrees without a cloud in the sky, here is a pic of the harbour and below are two pics from Barnoon Terrace just to show you how mediterranean it looks today, plenty of sun block and now aftersun.

It has been such a busy day today and I am pretty tired now but I have some drawing to get on with so not my most chatty post.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Beach art, new drawing etc.


Above is the drawing I did last night and yet another work in my new whole sketchbook work and yet another one I really like. I am getting quite happy with the flow of the drawings through the book so far. I will be working on it later.

Today I did a drawing tour of the buildings around town between 11 - 12:30. After I went down to Porthmeor to find Zoe, my wife and Erin working on some 'land art'. We broke for lunch on the beach and then went back to finish a few ideas off for tomorrow's  workshop on the beach.

 Above and below are my quick contributions a sand 'hollow dot' taken from the ideas that are feeding into my sketchbook work and a pebble line.

Above is the seaweed ring from today.

After the beach we got ready for tomorrow and took some things down to the Island Centre, nipped home had dinner and then I went back out to do a guitar lesson.

Blog written and drawing to do.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Art Tour, New Drawing, life and stuff.


Above is the drawing I did in last evenings drawing session and tonight I have a new one to get on with.

Today I did an Art Tour and draw around town and when that had finished went back up to the workshop to start getting things ready for the big event of the week. We have 38 primary school children and their four teachers for the day to do a 'sculpture day'. The morning will be on the beach and the afternoon will be relief carving in plaster. Should be fun.

Since then we have been into town to pick up our extra plaster that had been left at Osbourne's and on the way we passed this view on the way down Barnoon Hill. We then went home to work on the website and get teching materials together for Thursday.

I had such a happy day yesterday but catching up with the news of the Manchester attack last night and then finding out that an old friend I had been back in touch with for a few months but hadn't heard from for a few weeks died of a heart attack last Friday so RIP George.

Well I am off to draw and cheers myself up and reflect on the events of the last couple of days.


Monday, 22 May 2017

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


 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.


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.


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.


Friday, 19 May 2017

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


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.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Art drop, drawing and gubbins.


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.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

New Drawing, New Tour and Draw and stuff.


 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.


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.....