Puppetry experiments

These are two of the fired puppet heads I made last year painted and developed into glove puppets as experiments for my Artshealth MA. I just let them develop as they wanted to. The canvas I used is from the roll I found at my father’s house when clearing. I have been studying my book on Francis Bacon for colours and remembering the show from Tate Liverpool which I went to last year. The baby face of one of the puppet heads reminded me of Bacon. I enjoyed sewing the canvas flaps on and painting them. Am stopping sooner than I normally would as with my 2D work. Also, I think it reflects Bacon’s way of drawing. It’s been difficult tuning in to him because his work is so challenging and works on so many levels. He certainly wasn’t afraid to go towards the darker aspects of human experience. Click images to enlarge as usual.

Sprouting Tree, Burtrees

Here are some shots and a sketch of the apple tree at my dad’s house. I am mightily chuffed that it is coming back to life as you can see! I don’t know if it will make big branches but the sprout are hopeful don’t you think. I had extra fun sitting in the drive to draw it and here is the result. Click to enlarge for marks and colour.

The Dolls

Made this little sketch yesterday so thought I’d share it. Have been told by some not to bother and that no-ones interested, but I just decided to go ahead anyway! This is more like a kind of visual diary. Am gently trying to get back into practical work and major piece I am planning so see drawing as kind of limbering up. These are my dolls from my childhood found recently in a tea-chest at my dad’s when clearing. It felt like meeting old friends again. So many hugs and kisses wasted on these! But that’s a kind of rehersal for something real too. I have had my research proposal signed off finally for my Artshealth MA so can hunker down now and make stuff in-between family commitments. Click to enlarge as usual folks!

Shoreham Rooves: Ascension Road

Here is a little oil I’ve been working on recently. It’s based on a sketch I made looking towards a hill near Shoreham. Samuel Palmer must have looked at this view. He saw it as Paradise. Click to enlarge to see marks and colour folks:-)

No Spikes

Here is a little sketch I made of a cactus I bought in Fontainebleau market on a recent visit to France for my son. I missed the one I originally intended for him as a lady picked it up and bought it whilst I dithered. This was the nearest one to it on the stall. I love these little cacti that are so individual just like us really. I decided to draw it before I gave it to him and this is the result. Still a bit blocked with my art as have been writing for my artshealth MA, this part nearly done so looking forward to getting back into some major painting. Watch this space folks 🙂

Wedding Flowers

A little study of a flower arrangement that was on our table at a friends wedding from the other week in the sweltering heat. Lovely idea to give them to guests as they leave. I decided to make this little study back at home before they wilted too much. Loved the lace round the jars. The groom’s sister did a fashion degree at Nottingham Trent so lovely connection to that, the home of some beautiful lace.

Photographs from short break to France Veneux-les-Sablons

Thought I’d share some shots of our holiday in France which was much needed and very enjoyable. We camped near the small town of Veneux-les-Sablons and were able to get the train easily from there into Paris to see the Monet’s at the Orangerie so we had the best of all possible worlds! We stayed near to a spot where we camped in 1978 when we did a tour of Europe hitch-hiking starting with 2 weeks in Oslo Norway studying Munch-bliss!

Squashed rose

I made this little study the other day of a rose I found on the ground on my way back from the park. I have been struggling to find the wherewithal to draw let alone paint recently but am trying not to be too hard on myself and am doing little bits to get back into it. My memory card on my camera is also broken but I now have a new one and have found a different way in any case of uploading photos onto my computer. Flexibility is the name of the game as in so many things! I am busy trying to write my research proposal for my Artshealth MA which is also taking a lot of thinking time. I will get there though! I just keep chipping away and try to be critical. I hope to get back into painting once that is handed in. So will keep you all posted. Don’t forget to click image to enlarge folks to see marks and colour. I used pencil and watercolour for this.

Crystal and Shroud on A1 Waterford paper

I made this large drawing before we went away on a short break to France including 2 visits to Paris. It is based on a roll of canvas I found at my dad’s that I am going to use for my next series of paintings so watch this space! The roll looks a bit like a shrouded  body as you can see from the photo. I went with this and included a response to one of my quartz crystals as well. I thought I hadn’t finished it but on reflection I now think I have. I often find work has to sit with me a while before I decide. Do click on images to enlarge. I used watercolour and coloured crayon together with a water-pen that I bought when visiting the Hockney at Tate Britain. Everything comes in. I am gradually approaching a major piece that will take on the big themes suffice to say! This will be for the collaborative show that I am co-curating with Jasmine Renold at Neoartists in Bolton for summer 2018 based on the theme ‘Self and Other’.

Love in a Mist

Here is my latest drawing, in oil-bar and pencil, and watercolour on Winsor and Newton heavy watercolour paper. I wanted to capture the flowers my son Patrick and his girlfriend Sarah gave me for my birthday before they were finished. They seemed to glow in our dark little sitting room. I do believe things emit an energy that can be positive or negative and all the shades in-between. These gave me a great lift, and I even like when they are dying. They still arrange themselves into wonderful shapes. I’m sharing the stages too as usual, though I often get so involved in the drawing that I forget to take photographs not sure what the solution is! Maybe to film myself as I work?