Drawing is a big part of my portfolio. Some paintings also have a drawing element as part of them such as the scratched surface of the ‘Ships in the Desert’ series (see paintings page and Kazakhstan residencies page).
I’ve also made a lot of artists book just for drawings.
Some of the Feeling Thinking drawings are for sale in the Gallery Shop.
Drawing with Nature
Recent creativity has been making structures and objects in the landscape. (I’ve also written some blogs about it as well.) Observing nature made shapes (like the feathers) and just playing with natural and found materials that have come my way.
Trying to make ‘carbon-free’ artwork carries on the explorations that feature in the Sicily residency. How can we live lightly, and creatively, on the planet?
Additionally this is also about making work that’s part of journeying and walking.
Stone Stream in the Trossachs in Scotland
These recent drawings on postcards are an extension of the feeling / thinking drawings in the notebooks. I’ve been working on them for a few years – doing them from time to time. The video in the feeling/thinking spaces part is a collection of drawings on an A4 sheet. The drawings often get reworked over time.
Feeling / Thinking Spaces
This series of drawings began as a project in an A6 notebook, which then became two notebooks. Each image is loosely drawn, the pencil held lightly, the mind suspended. They should perhaps have been called ‘Feeling / Not Thinking Spaces’, the reality, the thinking goes somewhere else, wandering into vacant spaces that become available by shifting it off course.
Feeling / Thinking Spaces Book 1
A6 book of micro drawing 2015
Thinking / Feeling Space Film
The drawings were done with Beethoven’s 5th symphony in the background.
Wax and Pin Drawings
One of my greatest sources of inspiration (and interest areas) is the Aral Sea. (More pictures about Kazakhstan and the Sea.) Some of the drawings below use a tracing wheel for mark making. These occur on some of the charcoal drawings too. A tracing wheel is most commonly used for pattern making for clothes. The Aral Sea shrank because water was redirected to irrigate cotton fields here they are also make the marks of the landscape. Other marks are made using a sewing machine that again connects the work with the textile industry.