Nest Shadow study with collage and soft pastel

I had thought that I had finished the watercolour study that I have recently shared on this blog. However, on reflection and having spent quite a while just looking at it ( I often do this) I decided to paint some small pieces of watercolour paper in darker tones and tear them to go on top of my picture. I think I was mentally referring back to the bars on the study of our fire that I have also recently shared on this blog. I also made more marks with fan brushes, ink and soft pastels until I felt I had done. I’m using this to refer to for a large oil painting on canvas that I have started to the same scale as my previous ‘Solitary Figure’ paintings that I am gathering with a view to a collaborative show based on the theme ‘Self and Other’. The current painting will also go into this collection if it works! I made some progress with it yesterday but am not quite ready to share yet. Watch this space! My poet friends from Artipeeps say they don’t understand me sharing process work as it goes along. I think drawings are different though as they can stand alone as individual pieces of artwork. Jason from Neoartists said to share everything! I am being guided by my instinct on this and share when I feel ready. Anyway, here are the collage additions, enough talk! Click to enlarge as usual.nest shadow study with todays work 22nd jan collage smallernest shadow study crop 22nd jan 16 smaller

Nest Shadow, watercolour and ink, A1

I made this loose study one afternoon as I’m trying to get back into the studio and work on a large canvas I have. Am finding it difficult getting back into it though. Getting going is always the hardest part even though it’s what I want to do more than anything! The dark days and cold weather don’t help. I’m making excuses though. I was glad to do this and get back into making marks however faint and ephemeral they might be. Here’s the result. Click to enlarge!study for nest shadow whole piecestudy 4 nest shadow detailstudy 2 for nest shadow

Cigar, large A1 drawing from clay model

I decided to make a drawing from the clay head I sculpted for my puppetry project, that I have discussed previously on this blog for my Arts Health course. I sometimes work backwards as it were, and have done drawings from models I have made before. It can give you insights into your own mind-set. I didn’t want to fall into the trap of reinforcing stereotypes. However, I did find it strangely cathartic drawing the caricature-like features of the Grosz inspired character. I am going to make some paper pulp to go over the head to make a hollow shape that I hope to paint ultimately. I’m also going to make an aspirational type puppet alongside the more sleazy character. I think I’ll use another artwork to inspire me. I like doing that. I’ll put the paper pulp over the modelled heads with cling film to separate it from the clay. Will keep you posted. Here’s the drawing, click to enlarge folks!cigar

You want me to feel safe don’t you? A1 drawing using oilbar and graphite

This is the first large drawing that I’ve made for a while this Wednesday on some large heavy watercolour paper that I bought before Christmas. I knew that I wanted to make a study of our fire. I laid down some colour looking at the coals and diluted some of the marks with turps. I then drew on top with the graphite stick. The title is one that I’ve wanted to use for a while and links to my work on the Arts Health project that I am developing at UCLAN in Preston ( University of Central Lancashire). I want my artistic practice to work alongside my course and see where it takes me. I have some canvas and a stretcher to do another oil-painting relating to this and my work on the theme ‘Self and Other’. So all this work weaves together in a loose way. I’m very excited about the puppetry side of things but am holding it all lightly and seeing where it all takes me. Click images to see marks more clearly folks!you want me to feel safe don't you sketchfireplace dec 16 2015you want me to feel safe don't you 1you want me to feel safe don't you 3you want me to feel safe don't you 2

George Grosz model

I have been playing with clay and plasticine over the Christmas holidays in relation to my Arts-Health project. I know that I would like to do a puppetry concept, specifically string puppets. I borrowed a wonderful book on this from the local library. A drawing that I saw by the German artist Grosz stayed with me that I saw in Edinburgh before Christmas at the Modern Art Museum there. So I decided to sketch a similar piece and translate it into 3D. I wanted to depict a lascivious character that Grosz was so adept at capturing. This links to my intention to provide puppetry making groups for adult abuse survivors. I thought by making one myself I would get inside the project more. See what you think! I may draw from my model too.string puppet bookgroz drawingpuppet8 2ndjan 2016puppet 1 2nd jan 2016puppet 6 2016