I'm pleased to say I have another work accepted for this year's RI exhibition at the Mall Galleries. It's the "Boating Lake" I had on display at Mottisfont last year - let's hope it sells this time! You are all very welcome to come to the PV on the 1st April - let me know - I shall be there around 6ish. Invitation to come...
Here's a couple of sketches I did yesterday while taking a welcome break from London's hustle and bustle at a lunchtime concert in St Martin-in-the-Fields
I am always impressed by the quality of the paper I use for my commercial work. It's a 90Ib NOT made by Canson and in this example I had to change the facing brickwork of this new "Georgian" style property from red to buff. At first I thought Photoshop would be best but then realised that the windows had also changed so I just flooded water over the entire surface and soaked all the colour off. Once dried with my trusty hairdrier I used various grades of eraser to bring the surface back to near white ready to take new washes - here's the "before and after".
Spent a morning drawing with students in the Mayflower Theatre Southampton. We were up in the gods and with low lighting everywhere except for these two boxes I sat at the front row and did this sketch in around 30 mins. I may go back next week and draw from the stalls.
Here's a selection of drawings - love the colour jug: it was her first use of watercolour - suggestions of a Mary Fedden don't you think!
Still life drawing is a challenging but satisfying genre which allows the novice to internalise, through practice, many aspects of drawing theory. Understanding the construction of objects is central in the successful representation of different shapes. In geometry the cube, cylinder, cone and sphere relate to most man-made and natural forms and understanding how to draw these shapes can help to make sense of almost anything. Here are some photographs from a one-day drawing workshop I ran for interior design decoration undergraduates at Southampton Solent University yesterday.
The collection of objects are mine and selected to represent a range of shapes, materials and textures. I have designed tailor-made drawing workshops for many different groups and age ranges for both corporate and recreational markets: happy to discuss future sessions with anyone who may be interested. I'm running another watercolour basics workshop at Red Hot Press over 5 weeks in June: see website for details.
This is the poster that Julia Moszowicz and I had designed by two 3rd year graphics students at Solent School of Art, Lilly Marfy and Oliver Russell: thanks both - a great job! It was for a poster presentation at the recent illustration conference "The Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge" at the Pitt Rivers in Oxford. Julia and I intend to pursue the theme of linking topographical illustration with Michel Foucault's Heterotopia and hope to give a paper later in the year. The quote on the poster makes more sense when I tell you that it refers to a view in a mirror. The illustrations are taken from a sketch and painting I did of Stokesay Castle.
I had a strange compulsion to layout some of my sketchbooks today - no reason, so here they are: I counted thirty dating back to 1994. I have older ones from the early 80s stored somewhere in the loft? All shapes and sizes although my favourite size is A5 portrait. On leafing through each it's amazing how every sketch tells a story and I can recall quite intimately the place and circumstances surrounding each drawing. I've always found artists' and designers' sketchbooks fascinating and so much more revealing than later more finished works. One of the best books recently published is called The Art of Urban Sketching (2012) and is an inspiring collection of drawings from around the world - a must for every artist's book shelves.