Nest Shadow , complete drawing on Bockingford paper

Here is the complete drawing on A2 heavy Bockingford paper using the oilbars, graphite stick and watercolour. I was working from my jar of beads that resembled a nest that was full of lush rich colour. I like to have something to work from that is real even though I do abstract away from it. I’m including a shot of the real jar of beads. The ‘shadow’ aspect came from a dream, or nightmare really, that I had a couple of weeks back invading the nest as it were. I made the first part of the drawing on Friday 13th Nov ’15 and knew the date was somehow significant even as I made the drawing. The oils bars were hard to control, but I like that. This was all before I heard about Paris. I even tweeted the drawing with the date in the tweet which I have never done before. Make of it what you will, I don’t like explaining too much, presient though in some ways… click images to enlarge for marks folks!

  1. using colour lush but difficult to control quite like that tho Friday the 13th November2015

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Bead Nest on Bockingford watercolour paper

I made this piece on the heavy Bockingford paper using some oilbars I have bought recently and watercolour with graphite. I drew first with the oilbars and oilpastels and added the graphite afterwards. I have the jar with beads with me as I draw. The oilbars had a wonderful texture and lush thick colour. I’d never used such large ones before. I’m still exporing the notion of ‘human nests’ that came from Van Gogh linking to my theme ‘Self and Other’.Do click to enlarge.nest shadowbeadnest with oilbar friday 13th novoilbar on windowledge

The Nine Realms Show photo-bucket, Hanse House Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Here is a selection of brilliant photos of the interactive show that I was recently part of. Very exciting and the plan is to do a tour of the UK next year with it to venues near the poets, artists and musicians, inspired thought! So proud to be involved.It has been great fun and so rewarding, and it’s not over yet! 


‘Bead Nest’ experiments

I made these studies in ink and watercolour and pencil and watercolour after having noticed that my collection of beads resembled a ‘nest’. I’m seeing them everywhere as I go through my day.I have an idea for a large oil to the same scale as my ‘Solitary Figure’ pieces but based on the ‘Nest’ theme.So watch this space folks! Don’t forget to click on images to enlarge and see colour and marks in more detail.bead nest 2 pencil and watercolourbead nest ink and watercolour

Experimental pieces after Paula Rego

Here are some small A4 pieces I made recently further exploring the ‘Nest’ theme but from a darker standpoint. It occurred to me that Paula Rego often uses her collection of toy animals and props to help construct her pieces and it might help me to copy one or two of hers to get the feel of the outcomes. I chose two that have obvious connotations of family life albeit highly dysfunctional. I enjoyed making the marks in ink on top of the colour washes in the same palette as the one I copied from Picasso shared  the previous post. I am feeling my way towards an idea for my Arts Health Post-Grad project that I am underway with at Preston University UCLAN. This will all tie in I am hoping. I’m finding the course very hard but in a good way.My head often hurts! I feel important work could come out of all this and have even written to Paula Rego,I hope she replies!Rego red monkey drawing for nestrego drawing for nest series