So my nice walk into town concluded with an impromptu visit to a gem of an exhibition about female illustrators: Ocultas e Ilustradas. The title of the exhibitions translates roughly as ‘Hidden and Illustrated’. It tells the story of women in the Valencian printing industry.
In medieval times, women, to my surprise, did work in the printing industry, but unsurprisingly were rarely credited. Continue reading “Hidden and Illustrated.”
So after my nice walk into town I eventually made it to the art shop and bought some new acrylics. Just three colours to start with: red, blue, yellow.
And when I got back to the studio, the first thing I did was set about testing them out … making a nice colour rectangle. Continue reading “New paint”
A couple of weeks ago I took a walk up into the old town of Valencia. I was mostly heading to the art shop to buy some acrylics, but on my way, I happened upon all manner of lovely sights and distractions.
Some thoughts which sprung to mind below and pictures … Continue reading “Happening upon things.”
It might sound strange, but right now I’m really focused on volume. I just want to spend time drawing and painting, putting in the hours and seeing where it takes me.
The A4 sketchbook I brought with to me to Valencia was about a third full. Continue reading “Work rate. 4mm per week.”
One of my favourite words is splodge. I think splodging about is a highly under-rated activity. I’ve been doing lots of trying to focus on drawing in a ‘realistic’ manner lately – trying to master drawing well. (I sense this is going to be a lifelong pursuit! ) … But there comes a time when one has to splodge about, or at least I do!
I recently collected various cardboard boxes from the street and thought I’d paint them white to create some bigger surfaces to work on. Continue reading “The value of splodging about”
I’ve been back on the John Steinbeck after a recent trip to California. First up on my Steinbeck ‘to-read’ list was ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ , a very readable tale of a man in a small town, with a wind of change in the air and some moral dilemmas to face.
I thought the passage below was fascinating. Continue reading “‘The Place’”
In my first couple of weeks in the studio, I’ve tried to go back to first principles and just focus on drawing. I have been reacquainting myself with properly looking at things – observing, seeing space and shape and form. To help with this, I’ve been following the exercises in Betty Edwards’ book, ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’, a well known book in art education.
The leftside of our brain tends to be dominant, responsible for language, analysis, numbers and logic. Continue reading “New lines”
The blank page is well known for evoking feelings of fear as well as possibility. I’ve recently moved to a new city, with the aim of dedicating more of my time to making art, as a result I’ve experienced a lot of blank pages and spaces in the last two weeks! I thought I’d share a little of that experience.
‘Blanks’ I’ve recently encountered include this blog, various sketchbooks (for me there’s something significant about the first drawing in a new place) and a new studio space. Continue reading “The blank page.”
Like many people, I have a smartphone, which can be very useful. However there are also times when I think they are incredibly distracting and invade our attention and colonise our time. There are some quite scary studies which show simply the presence of your smartphone (even switched off), can reduce your cognitive ability!
With this in mind I set about making what I shall christen the ‘undistractor’! Continue reading “Making an undistractor!”