Friday, 10 October 2014

Limited approach...

I am about to hit the ground running as Christmas approaches (yes I know....) and my day job takes priority for the next few months. I have been doing some organising and planning in my studio ready for the New Year and one of the things I have been trying to make some decisions about is my digital drawings. I have finally decided how I am going to resolve the whole limited edition/ unlimited question - I shall do small limited editions of those printed at 1:1, anything smaller will be unlimited (but possibly numbered). As a result I needed something to log the limited edition prints and I have found a beautiful old stock register which I think will work perfectly. I got it from ebay and when it arrived it was even better than I had imagined (and a lot bigger!). A bargain at £15 each page has 30 lines (so ideal for editions of 25) and it should take a fountain pen beautifully. As it is so big, I may also use it to log all my work - but haven't quite decided about that yet....

Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Drawing of Nine Parts...

hybrid #2  (pre-pencil & ballpoint)
I am currently working on a drawing of 9 parts - it's strictly speaking 3 sets of triptychs but they are all linked. The first part is the three ballpoint pen on aluminium panels (finished end of 2011), the second the three digital drawings which will also be printed on floating aluminium panels (2012 - ?) and the third is 3 hybrids of digital /ballpoint pen and pencil (2014 - ?). My aim is to finish them in 2015 which may be a little optimistic but I need to concentrate on getting them done before I can move forward. There is often a little voice (sometimes a very loud voice) which urges me to do more, apply for more, work faster etc. but the reality is that I have to work at my own pace in the time I have available - so I will be spending all my studio time with a pencil or pen in my hand for the foreseeable future.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Bundle of Sticks Exhibition

Great opening last night of the exhibition. On until the end of August, Thurs - Sat 12 - 5 in Building 6, Spode Works, Stoke on Trent ST4 1QD

Monday, 28 July 2014

Billboards in Times Square

I participated in a recent event when hundreds of art works from all over the world were shown on billboards in Times Square on July 24th. Photos from the event can be seen here
I have been checking but it could take some time to try to find my work as there are over 700 photos and the images are pretty small - but I think I've spotted one above. It looks like it was a fantastic event and makes me really want to go back to New York. I haven't been since my show at The Drawing Center in 2008 - need to start saving!.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Drawing 'To Do' List..

Finally, after moving 5 months ago I am getting to grips with my new studio. I treated myself to some new bulldog clips today (little things...) so I could make a visual to do list. The above doesn't include the large digital (and the big hybrid drawing is leaning against the opposite wall) but it does help me to clearly see what I need to get on with. The scale of the works also help me to plan time - smaller stuff if I've only got a few hours/ larger if I've got the luxury of all day and this (again) makes me think about how audience encounter can be structured, viewing can have an imposed rhythm. I purposely don't frame most of the time - but some of my smaller ones I've been using black box frames (a kind of staccato effect?)....