31 May 2021
This is a bit of a whimsy and proves I don't always get it right with regard to placement on paper when using ink.
7 May 2021
I could not resist the challenge of this dancer in such a beautiful shape! 20x20cm, archival, pencil.
5 May 2021
I have just delivered a framed monoprint for exhibition with the National Centre for Craft and Design this morning. It is quite exciting as it will be the first physical exhibition I am in for a long time, and because there have been refurbishments at the centre during lockdown. The NCCD will re-open on 17 May and the exhibition(s) will start. I feel a good trip out coming in a few weeks' time. In the meantime I carry on. I felt the latest ink portrait was apt: determination!
19 April 2021
Archival, pencil on 20x20cm paper. Well, today was the nearest I got to a live sitter for a long time. A fellow artist posted a 'Bad Hair Day' selfie which I could not resist! I asked if I could draw from the reference and this is the result. It has been approved.
12 April 2021
By the Pond 2020. Archival, oil on canvas, 60x80cm. The delight in sitting by the pond we built last year and being able to mull over things in general drinking in the view!
9 April 2021
Archival ink and pencil, A5. My response to yet more Harry Potter. I have also got a new colour of pencil lead to play with. There is another film to experience tonight! I like to explore ....
4 April 2021
I just can't keep away from my inks and what better excuse than a new pad! Archival ink, A5. I think I shall have some chocolate now, and perhaps a coffee.
24 March 2021
A drawing to keep my eye sharp. A5, archival pencil portrait. I am hoping to get to my printing tomorrow.
15 March 2021
Betty, 100. 30x40cm oil on canvas. This portrait is a result of some very interesting sessions. I do not normally go on about what inspires me or why I do things the way I do because I want people to look at my work with their own eyes and respond to the work uninfluenced by me. That is not to say that I will not answer questions, but for me art is how you respond to it.
I had a strange, small reference of Betty, sitting in her wheelchair behind a Perspex screen with a loudspeaker to her ear – which is good as she is very deaf. I suspect many would have replicated this perhaps sad image of isolation and confusion. However, it is perhaps because I know Betty this replication did not happen. Somehow Betty would not let me. She was, and still is, a strong and a very beautiful woman even in her confusion in dementia. She grew up in an era where you had to be strong and get on with things regardless of the difficulties.
For me the resulting portrait raised again the question of what a portrait is and what it is `supposed to be’. Many strive for `likeness’, and photographic replication. But is a portrait purely a very accurate replication of what you see? Is it not a result of the artist’s response to the sitter? Is it a response to the sitter at any given time perhaps influenced by what the artist feels in that moment, what music is playing, what external factors are at play in the immediate environs or world events, or even the commissioner of the portrait if there is one? All I can definitely say is that when I felt a little bit emotional looking at it I thought the portrait must be finished!
13 March 2021
I have had time to be in the studio this week so have experimented with paint and lino. All works are in progress, but I did this drawing as I love my inks and dancers. Archival ink A5.
28 February 2021
Here we are again, quite some time from the last update. The reason is the same as before, home-schooling! That is not to say I have not been doing art, but it has been sketches and some experiments. On Friday I did a portrait drawing in ink just to make sure my eyes are sharp for getting back into painting. Speaking of pens, I had a stash of ink pens and I put them in a safe place ....
25 January 2021
Well, it has been a while! Christmas Holidays came and went. Then home-schooling came and is still here. I am fortunate not to mind and can do this, but it does mean there is not so much time for art. However, I dip in and out to make sure my eye is sharp. My addition today, well, it sums up what we all have to do at the moment, contort ourselves. Archival, A4, pencil
24 December 2020
I, like many others, have been inspired by Portrait Artist of the Week. Here is a piece inspired by Portrait Artist of the Year and Carlos Acosta. A4 Archival as always. Again, winter light hampers a good photograph!!
7 December 2020
During this time of not being able to plan exhibitions I have been taking the opportunity to take part in the weekly portrait sessions with Sky Arts Portrait of the Week on Sundays. It is always enjoyable and it does make you think about portraiture and art in general. I have included two different versions of a portrait. Is one 'more of a portrait' than the other? What makes a portrait? Number 1 is Jon Snow, oil on canvas and Number 2 is Lesley Garrett, pencil on paper.
27 November 2020
The light might be low and useless for taking good photographs of work,especially pencil drawings, but inspiration strikes with a reference that has produced this drawing and a mediocre photograph! I am continuing to be inspired by ballet dancers. This work is archival, pencil, 20x20cm.
18 November 2020
I could not resist doing this drawing of Fatima Pantoja. She was the artist who painted Baroness Floella Benjamin on Portrait Artist of the Week on Sunday 15 November. Wonderful artist. Pencil on 20x20cm paper. Archival as always. Light rubbish for photograph as always!
1 November 2020
FRAGMENTS IN TIME forms a part of a series of monoprints. each slightly different at each hand pressing as I do not use a press, nor strive for replication. I am in the process of developing more ideas for further pieces.
16 October 2020
Sometimes you just have to challenge yourself. Archival as always, ink on 23x30cm grey paper. The hands were what caught my attention. It has been bad light for a photograph ....
13 October 2020
I do like to vary my subjects and references. This one is of a dancer and I thought it was a good contrast to my ink drawing on 10 October. Again this is an archival work using ink on 23x30cm grey paper.
10 October 2020
I came across another excellent reference from Lisa Dales Photography. This time it's all about exuberance and enjoyment. How could I resist the challenge of another ink?
2 October 2020
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Archival work on 23x30cm grey paper.
23 September 2020
The portrait in watercolour is an interesting piece. As you know I love figurative work and am inspired by images that enable me to convey something beyond a copy. I feel I want to push further and get something other than replication of an image within my work. In this instance I felt there was an overlay of uncertainty and perhaps being out of her depth; not just a pretty picture. Image has today's date on it for your reference.
20 September 2020
This image of a Japanese figure just beckoned me to draw it. I thought I would experiment with a different colour and composition just to see what would happen. A quiet walk ....
I have added today's date to the image to which I am referring.
13 September 2020
I am delighted to be part of The National Centre for Crafts & Design Art Club online Exhibition (See Exhibitions Section for more details.) The place itself is well worth a visit. It’s a fantastic space and has thought-provoking and inspiring exhibitions.
The work that I chose to do for this exhibition was to encompass the theme Creative Healing. It is from this work that I share with you my inspiration from having done this work and thought about why I so enjoyed creating it. It was the quiet feeling of partnership that drew me into this image by Lisa Dales Photography. As I love to challenge myself I started straight in with the ink which is unforgiving if you make a mistake! See the result in Inspiration. I have put today's date on the image for reference.
5 September 2020
My website has changed format and I hope I shall be able to present me and my work in an informative way so I shall start with the following to set the scene!
I love generating movement in all my work be it literal or internal to the composition, and I am particularly enthralled by dancers. I love the challenge of creating thoughtful, thought-provoking and even beautiful work. Leonardo da Vinci’s work, particularly his drawings, has made a huge impression on me.