'The place where inspiration hits the page running... A sketchbook to fail and reflect on my work and my process'

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Bloody Chamber

ok so it's Sunday, Everyone else is out having roasts and long walks and beach experiences on a warm Sept afternoon and I'm in the studio working on my own work because I want to! what better reason! I'm working on a competition and here are some sketches. I say sketches because I have to scan all the bits in at a higher res at some point. anyway here it is so far... all inspired by Angela Carter and the Bloody Chamber. I finally think I've cracked this one, so I've added the text, as if it would be a cover.

Monday, 19 September 2011

This is great!...it's my paint palette.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

false starts, happy endings

It's Sunday and I'm in the studio, I'd love a Drifty roast but low on pennies and really needed to crack some work out for Scattered Art next week. So, after a false start and some rubbish bits of painting I finally concentrated on the images I really felt connected to, reference pics that is, and worked from there. Ones I didn't know would work, or why they would, but started from there and the first one had no legs but I liked the way I painted it, and saw that he looked like a conductor. I liked it, framed it and voila! it's all come together! Everything I was trying to achieve with my unit 3 at college had come to it's conclusion! a hint of some interaction rather than a description which is where mine for bordering on before. So a prop is used. I have painted three and I like them but I can make them better for the next ones, less contrived and considered as these still are a bit but they are definitely closer to what is in my mind now which is great. Very exciting. Anyway here they are, cheers for dropping in...x

Thursday, 15 September 2011

I have created a new blog called Number44. It is somewhere where you can find links and artists and eventually advice, but mainly those little bits and pieces that spice being a creative! Would be great for you to drop in and have a look and although it looks a little bare now I will be uploading new and exciting bits very soon. In the meantime go to it's sister blog on Facebook.

The name came from my childhood home and has always been a number that I have felt connected to, and was where all my influences were born.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

letting go and spewing out!

Just having some fun and making marks... Cy twombly influence on this one I think...not sure he'd be too pleased though.

It's nice just making and not considering! I now have the confidence to work without consideration and purely excreting the inside, out. I now know that this has to happen for me to focus, crop, analyse and make sense of it all. Before, this process of throwing up all the marks in my head through my fingers, was something I did only when I really had to, and felt I had the time to do. But now I realise this is part of my process. By posting them I make sense of them, discard or embellish them. they'd be great really large but these are from my sketchbook so maybe my next new project will be large! for now I will continue with the MA project and see where it ends...if at all.


I've made a new Facebook page. It's easier on Facebook as I know so many people on there that can, and do, access it and the majority being arty friends, so can pass 'stuff' on easily! so here's the link to Number 44. Go see and 'like' if you can.
So what is it I hear you ask? Well, it's a meeting place for driving creativity in the community and basically sharing good creative links, events, artists etc! I want it to be a vessel for all the things I can't help but pass on. I have really enjoyed passing links on through the college email list and as I have finished, seems unfair to burden people still, so therefore the Facebook page where people can dip in and out when they want to.

I have also today rehung the MA work in the Museum cafe in Truro, with Truro Arts, and it looks great. Lovely cafe if you are passing, and Donna and Lucy have great plans for the shop and events etc that surround the cafe and shop, which opens in November with a big party, can't wait! so watch this space.

I am exhibiting with Alan Clarke, Rose Forshall and Amy Adele Seymour.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

some new sketches!

Here are some sketches I did really quickly at End of the Road festival at the weekend. I had such a great time and travelled up with the very funny and talented Shayne House and his two kids. They were ace and we all had lots of fun and not much sleep! I loved sketching and was teaching the kids how to draw by not looking and the sketches they did were ace! It was lovely too as some people we got chatting to recognised me because of my drawing in the crowd on a few occasions! ...we also met up with the Squire family too ( who are all very talented bunch!)
so anyway here are some!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


If you fancy coming along, it's on til Sat 5pm I think? and here's a link to more info....cheers all x