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Friday, 28 November 2014

Sketching with Life

For me sketching from life means more than just drawing from a real pineapple or life drawing (memories of A-Level and GSCE Art!). It means getting out in situ and drawing, along with working from memory of the life I live, on a daily basis sometimes. As a creative I find beauty in pretty much anything. A dank day outside the studio can offer a window to a beautiful hazy light, with details of Autumn and illuminating weather systems. Along with windy woodland days when walking the dog.

The view from my studio
From memory
Sketching from memory

On the river estuary

I took myself off to sketch by the docks. Looking down on them from the road. I'm not sure I want to commit to getting permission to going right in there just yet, so I'm just getting a feel for different environments and get a range of marks and structures etc into my sketchbook folio. I hope you enjoy them as much as I loved making them. I'm even thinking of making books of them. Maybe make a Falmouth book? when I go to Paris do the same and also a Plymouth book? I love it and think this may be the way forward for me within illustration. Authenticity as it's purest. We are going to Paris with college and I will be hopping over to Italy to the Bologna book fair, to finally see my books in situ there and also to see the exhibitions and other publishers etc. A goal to get a bit of new work together maybe too, I cannot wait! So I will take my gear to sketch with and come back hopefully with a European infused sketchbook or two. 


Newlyn Gallery show.

The show in Newlyn is down. For those who missed the show, I have added a link to the video and have loaded up some photos. The private view was predominantly about the Midas Awards, of course and to be expected and was such a big deal for the Falmouth students and lecturers. The response I got from the people I saw on that evening, and the other times I was in and around, on twitter and from those who saw it in my absence, was incredibly positive and uplifting, some of the best comments I've had about my work, which is just lovely. It did look great and I loved that it was the work speaking for itself in its nice clean space. 

Here is a link to a video of the show, to get an idea of how it was hung. (I hope you don't get motion sickness). The clarity is better on the HD version here, but less close ups.