Yesterday I spent all day making the biggest drawing of my life – what an amazing opportunity and thanks to my fellow artists for being so accommodating to my persistent spreading across every floor, beam and wall available
I seem to have lost track of what day it is – like when you’re on holiday and the second week takes you beyond the baggage tying you down and holding you back. Having gotten over my Bad Monday I got down to moving things around again…
but here I’m going to show you a video of me making my one of my first in-line drawings – a moment of risk, excitement and exhilaration despite it looking quite calm.
day 6 a torturous day
the studio was unbelievably hot… try action drawing in airless heat! more like floppy drawing…however I reached a bit of a plateau today and struggled on through just ‘doing’ stuff not really know what I was doing or where I was going with any particular piece – I do have a real tendency to make a plan and then by the short time it’s taken to reach the paper from the sketch book at the side of the studio (est distance…3 ft) I have changed my mind plus I keep changing my mind during what I’m doing. Which is all fine in terms of keeping creativity open and in the moment but as I mentioned previously it can be a struggle internally between the left and right brain which equals a confused state of mind…and here I am now trying to rationalize it all…time to stop and show you the progress today.
This is a shot of the reflection of the work on the floor in a computer monitor the sun was so intense..i loved the black screen and this square of light.
vermilion red pigment has made an appearance
and this turned into this
I tried crushing the ash/pigment mix under two pieces of paper and roller blading over them with some lightly dangerous results as I hit the lumps (note to self try sieving it next time).
brushing the ash pigment mix off and brushing pigment back on again – work in progress…
Five days in and it seems like I’ve been at the Blue Monkey shared space residency for ever but also wierdly only just for a few minutes…work today was surprising and satisfying. There was a buzz in the studios as we all seemed to have a strong idea to work on.
..having run out of paper and gesso in 4 days yesterday I scoured the flat and found one last piece of a big roll of fabriano and an ash circle. So I taped them down… procrastinated for a bit and then brushed them with ash, swept it off, lay on them drew along my body lines, painted gesso over the top, brushed with more ash and then added a mix of pigment and varnish and another layer of gesso. They are work in progress building on the abstract figurative and layering legacy of my landscape drawing. I love the way that ash and charcoal still show through the gesso veiling the lines.
I decided on an impulse to create a brushed black square over a previous in-line drawing that I had painted gesso over
Whilst waiting quite literally for paint to dry I went back to the in-line drawings from yesterday there are 4 of them which make a nice group – on two of them I tried selecting particular lines and darkening them with charcoal.
I’m focussing on my interest in working with the surface and what marks appear as and when they appear a completely free way of making work not inhibited by external influences. The influence is from me and following the marks in the moment.
Looking at Fran O’Neil’s work has helped me today because she stays in the moment with confidence and actively pursues it. Gestural marks with no apparent references made and explored on the surface for their own sake. Staying in the present moment is a life skill that our society drags us away from with all it’s hype and promise for what we can have or become. I like to use my practise to underpin my philosophy on life which is to be present in the now and not blocked or inhibited by what ‘has’ happened or what ‘might’ happen – it’s not easy but it is the only way to be more myself.
10/07/2014. BITS AND PIECES accidental – leaving the phone on the radiator… intervention – cuts into ash trace drawings on pigment ash mixed with white spirit floor marks from ash/pigment in-line drawing ash/pigment line 10/07/2014. OFF THE EDGE The ideas I have been working through so far have shown loads of interesting marks, most of them off the page… yesterdays late afternoon sunlight in the studio reflected the lines I have been drawing with roller blades through ash and pigment. ..capturing the accidental marks off the paper – meanwhile I have a few other ideas in progress In this piece I have brushed pigment across the floor, this is a series I want to explore with abstracted landscape and figurative images made from intuitive gestural marks whilst close to the floor so that I can’t see the whole form as I draw. The shingle circle made an appearance for the first time today …I had previously though it might not be possible to do it on paper but as a temporary work it was very successful. 09/07/2014. OCCUPYING SPACE I’m loving having so much space to occupy at Blue Monkey Shared Space residency in the Casson Art School studios, Eastbourne. I find myself moving around all 3 studios and setting up work in one which feeds into the next – there is space to do something and then stop – go do something else and then stop. I have Roni Horn’s work in the back of my mind both whilst working in adjacent spaces http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/roni-horn-2402 and with experimentation with cutting into ash trace drawings as direct intervention. I love her pigment drawings. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/horn-were-12-t12602/text-summary Moving from one physical space to another enables work to stay fresh and experimental. Initially I am working through a list of things I have always wanted to do in a bigger space – today I taped several large pieces of paper to the floor (and it still feels like they should be bigger). I took my socks off and used my feet to draw in the ash, practiced rollerblading again (much to the amusement of my fellow artists) and drew whilst blading across the paper videoing it at the same time. You can’t do that in an 8x8ft shed!