This is a portfolio of work I have done since I started the part time MA Drawing course at WCA in Oct 2012 with the most recent work at the top.
July 2014 An idea for the show poster.
May 2014 Gareth’s peer workshop ‘Drawing a Response’. Create a drawing in response to something in the news. In my view this is really demanding, creating to order and communicating ideas in a non ambiguous way. The opposite of a lot of contemporary art where ambiguity is often considered desirable.
April 2014 Got opportunity to use the display cabinet in the Library for 10 days. Did display called ‘Five Random Ideas’ All were ideas I have had since starting the course in Oct 2012. but have not really had an opportunity to exhibit.They were:
Angela the Goldfish.
T Shirt Slogan Interpreter.
Have asked for comments from my fellow MA drawing students…… sort of email crit. I also had a comments box on the outside of the cabinet complete with paper and pen…so no excuse.
April 2014. Easter sketches using a Pentel brush pen. Bit obsessed with the brush pen at present. Easy to carry, convenient also forces fast drawings that can be ‘corrected’ by over painting – doubles density of colour.
April 2014. Did ‘Framed’ for the NG Project (work in response to the National Gallery Collection). I have responded to the frames by framing a frame in a frame. I didn’t use it for the NG exhibition, I felt is was a bit boring visually but then had the idea of distressing the outer frame to create contrast….seems to work better!
March 2014 Had this idea … adapting The Campaign for Plain English to the Campaign for Plain Art also adopting the traffic light symbols on food packaging to show sugar and salt content etc. for conceptual art. Red = incomprehensible, yellow = difficult, green = obvious. Developed it to this!
March 2014 Drawing at the Nat Gallery. Thinking about the Nat Gallery Project. Did more drawing but not really getting anywhere. ‘Create work Influence by the collection’ does not need to be literal, as demonstrated so well, my Ana’s (Santos Meneses) poster designs, cleverly taking and adapting the distinctive mark making of Van Gogh and Seurat.
Todays drawing from Michelangelo’s Entombment. (I was pleased with St John the Baptist’s right leg)
March 2014 Drawing Lab with Anne-Marie. Using drawings already done on the group visit to the RA ‘Sensing Spaces’ Exhibition. We, all nineteen of us, were put into three groups. The Wall Group,the Floor Group and the Performance Group. Using the the CfD space, The wall group created a radical, visually exciting vertical presentation. The Floor Group did a challenging installation involving physical endeavour. My group, The performance group…..danced it.
My RA ‘Sensing Spaces’ drawing, minimalist sculpture by architect, Alvero Siza
Jan 2014 Drawing making – Making drawing. Drawing Room
Jan 2014 Bikes again, more difficult than I thought.
Jan 2014 Life drawing workshop in Hammersmith (no teacher) Shadows ‘creating clothes’.
Jan 2014 Did drawing at Nat Gallery as start of the NG Project with Colin Wiggins. Did sketch of an artist doing a copy of The Hay Wain. The visiting children much more interested in her actually painting, than Constable.
Also saw ‘Table of Contents’ at ICA. Siobian Davis’s archive of dance. Did a bit of drawing.
Jan 2014 ‘Drawing the Bike’ project. I think I might use this as my new topic for CP3 and my practice until the end of the course. I like bikes and they are ‘sketchagenic’. There is also great potential for abstraction. There is a great history of visual images relating to bikes and very importantly mobility in the early part of the 20th Century.
Dec. 2013 Christmas sketchbook
Did this, ‘Christmas Cox’s’ for silent auction at the church local to us. Didn’t get a single bid.. a bit embarrassing. I cut it out of a bigger painting and it looks a bit like a detail. A bit over cropped maybe! + Christmas card idea.
Dec. 2013 I’m sticking with my shoes drawings but they need something else, they still seem to be just drawings of shoes. Maybe lots of drawings of the same shoes on the same sheet of paper, The end of a lot of journeys. Not sure what to do. I was thinking……. homage to Van Gogh.
Dec 2013 Group Crit.
This was a group crit. of the exhibition in the CfD (first and second year). I got a bit of a rough ride, quite rightly, my shoes were out of context, they had not come from any form of thinking or intellectual process, they were just drawings of shoes. There was something missing. They look better here, heavily cropped. I was not proud of them. I think I’ve learnt something.
Below earlier drawings of shoes from my sketchbook. Tania’s comments, ‘a bit generic why don’t you draw them properly’.
Colin Wiggins (art historian) spoke to the group for three hours about 6 paintings. They were Raphael (Catherine of Alexandra) and several other Raphaels. Tintoretto (Christ Washing the Feet of the Deciples) Seurat (Bathers at Asniere) Canalleto (Stonemasons Yard) and Rubens (Minerva protects Pax from Mais). During the day we did a project looking at, and drawing works with a view of the NG/Wimbledon exhibition. I drew Seurat (The Bathers) and Manet (Execution of Maximillion). I was thinking of doing an abstraction of the Manet. It already has strong elements of abstraction.
There is something very powerful about the composition of both paintings. I think I may use them as inspiration for the Nat. Gallery exhibition in Feb 2014
Oct 2013 Three random ideas.
T- Shirt slogan interpreter. Made one for my brothers birthday Oct 31st, not sure if he liked it!
Mobile Art Gallery Installation. Rent articulated truck with translucent fibreglass roof, so plenty of natural light, stick logo on the side and park it early one morning on three parking meters in Cork St. Have steps from the pavement to attract Cork St customers into the truck which would contain art which would be given away free. A comment on the art establishment’s control of artists and the art market.
Sept 2013 Should be getting on with my Research Folio but decided to spend a few hours drawing at the Science Museum. I loved the uncompromising design and organic quality of these farm machines and implements. Its also one of the few relatively quiet parts of the museum, historical farm implements, no match for space hardware.
August 2013 Broke my right arm (I’m right handed) on 10th August so have been drawing with my left. The restriction meant I had to avoid detail…. just had to concentrate on producing the impression….. the results seem a bit insipid (difficult to get pressure on pencil) but are quite lively. May do more with my left hand.
_______________________________________________________________________ I’m interested in exploring the idea of drawing from life without at any time looking at the paper. In other words removing a sense generally considered essential for creating a 2D image. By removing this sense the brain cannot ‘interfere’ with the drawing in the way that can so often inhibit the artist. With practice the ‘letting go’ will maybe allow an intuitive skill to emerge that can be subservient to the normal visual checking that is generally considered essential. Watercolour landscapes below done in ‘No Look Hood’ see sketch below, devised to ensure that paper is not looked at during the process. ______________________________________________________________________
June 2013 Sketchbook…holiday in Spain
________________________________________________________________________May 2013 Just been to see the new hanging of late 20th century contemporary art at Tate Britain.. really good to see Hockney, Riley, Hodgson, Chapman Bros. Hirst, Whiteread all together.For light relief I drew a Stubbs circa 1785. _______________________________________________________________________
May 2013 Just been to Natural History Museum and drawn a whale skeleton. I’ve only just realised that all skeletons are essentially the same they have just been adapted by the species. So a humming bird skeleton is the same fundamental design as a blue whale.
April 2013 Did these about a year ago (pre Wimbledon). Called River Shadows based on water in the Thames…..maybe have another look and develop. Spurred on by having just sold two of them.
April 2013 I did these drawings in the National Theatre/British Museum, War Horse puppet and Roman equestrian statue circa 200 BC. Thinking about Sharon Shivlands challenge to draw a horse. It was interesting drawing the puppet horse minus legs. I believe the legs are attached to the puppeteers
March 2013 I was thinking that a construction something like this could quite interesting, based on venetian blinds…the image changes according to your viewpoint. Could be made from card or balsa wood
March 2013 I modified these safety signs. Thought I might paint one of these accurately on canvas make it into a piece of art. ”Art is anything you can get away with” Andy Warhol. _____________________________________________________________
March 2013 ’Conveniart’ My ironic comment on consumer products challenging elitism in art. Pack flat Ikea style, to be produced in 4 colourways (marketing jargon) Lightweight easy to carry. Visually simple accessible to art trained specialists and non specialists alike. _____________________________________________________________
March 2013 I took this photo of Stella’s school apple. I love the combination of textures. The smooth green apple and the jagged texture of the foil and the dark void of the background. _________________________________________________________________________March 2013 The road outside our house just been resurfaced over a three day period. Photo of carless road and drawing of the machine that did it. It was done with real panache and the smell was incredible. It could be interesting to do some research on surfaces and road marking. Hard to think of a bigger man made mark maker.
My drawing of the tarmac layer.
Road markings… might use these as inspiration for some work……difficult to beat these though!