A favourite page from my Sketchbook
Start date | 3 February 2021
Good art and craft do not just happen. They are part of a process.
Artists research, they experiment, they play, they explore, they reject, they amend, they abandon, they destroy, they manipulate. They ask ‘what if ?’ or ‘how about ?’
They start again.
They use sketchbooks to record, to plan, to propose, to develop, to work out, to design, to illustrate, to think and rethink, to store, to create, to imagine, to capture, to examine ideas, and to sketch just for the pleasure of it.
And at some point each artist says ‘This works’.
This fascinating glimpse into the sketchbooks of our members captures some of this creative journey.
I found this on the back of an envelope. An idea perhaps for a linocut/ collage. I was interested in the window shaped grid allowing for different tree/leaf shapes.
Landscape is the starting point for my cast glass pieces. Here are some initial ideas of how I might move from ‘landscape bars’ to more complex forms.
One of three sculptural ceramics part of my latest collection called “a new Beginning “ and it represents my way to see this situation of self isolation is to "Stop" and come inside ourselves, to reborn, to appreciate our freedom, our life, our mother earth and to realise we are all the same and we need each other. The pieces are all unique and represents all of us as a “unity “
A little girl sitting on the beach. An observation from a small distance behind the figure someone caught unawares. Transcribed onto a porcelain vessel with an inlay technique called Mishima before getting fired in the kiln. 12cm high x 8cm wide
Study for a design created for ‘Small is Beautiful’ a group exhibition. The finished piece ‘Chroma-Tex’ incorporates ceramic blocks with acrylic-colour set within a wall mounted 20x15cm frame. We all had fun creating this group exhibition at the Artsdepot in 2012
Sketchbook references for my paintings and ceramic vessels. At ‘Photography’s Roots’ exhibition, Dulwich Art Gallery. Visited between lockdowns, 9th December 2020.
Medium: water colour
A doodle in my travel diary, January 2020 when life was free. Siem Reap, Cambodia, by our swimming pool.
There are various ideas for silk scarf patterns here, some geometric, some plant/flower motifs, some more abstract.
'When lockdown was less restrictive, I went to my daughter’s apartment in the Isokon Flats to draw; her balcony overlooks the Belsize Wood Nature Reserve. A welcomed change of scenery'!
Chicken-keeping niece ran out of egg boxes. Bought coloured boxes, secretly photographed hens, screen printed colour on sticky labels, overprinted in ‘hen’ designs in black. Great gift - boxes constantly recycled!
Aztec marks were so 1980s with the tantalising possibility of foreign influences to design ( 2020 cultural appropriation) the Italian company Memphis, Adam Ant and Bowowow.
I've gone back to my student days 50 years ago with a film storyboard I made. As someone who was born the day after WW2 finished, my childhood was dominated by the war and its after effects so like other boys I was keen on planes and war machines and spent a lot of time in museums.
I have always been fascinated by the patterns that drips of rain falling into puddles creates causing beautiful circular ripples, adding colour brings these to life.
Plan for dipping beakers into dark blue and white glazes to have a dark blue top, a white band in the middle and a grey-blue overlapping band at the bottom.
Sketch for tree painting. I’ve chosen this image for the sense of energy and growth. I aim for those qualities in my paintings.
Here are some thumbnails done in preparation for paintings all done in the last few months of lockdown. They were done to work out composition. More detailed drawing is done on the canvas itself.
One I did this week after the snow with Oscar, our dog, rushing up and down the garden!! Now the snow has washed away, the grass is just a sea of mud!!!
..…I visualise in colour, it’s always about the colour palette..five colours..opaque white and a hint of pigment….mixing…layering…dimensional depth…chance…innuendo…subtle…mesmeric… timeless…endless play..
One of a series of sketches for an etched bangle design for the EFOA ‘Reflections’ Exhibition in the Ply Gallery, Crouch End. It was inspired by travel into flooded jungle in the Pantanal in Brazil.
Penguins waiting for the telephone to call David Attenborough about the Antarctica Olympics and the Penguins Synchronised Swim team. Inspired by a dream.
I’m a photographer. This is the first thing I’ve sketched for many years - trying out an iPad & pencil on the train journey to Thurso, Scotland for New Year 2020.