Drawn and quarterly (May)

With Art Red Hill done and dusted for another year, I’ve spend the past week doing a lot of drawing, the brief mainly being to go back to basics (pencil and paper) and begin to explore ideas and subjects that have been hovering in the back of my mind. I’m developing a bit of a fixation with texture and how to recreate that with various mediums. My love affair with tone rages on.

Flower delivery … A bit like a child, sometimes I find the brown wrapping paper more interesting than the object inside.

Flower delivery … A bit like a child, sometimes I find the brown wrapping paper more interesting than the object inside.

Although swimming weather is well and truly over here on the peninsula, the figure still keeps me endlessly fascinated. This figure would make a compelling subject for a fairly minimalist figurative painting.

Although swimming weather is well and truly over here on the peninsula, the figure still keeps me endlessly fascinated. This figure would make a compelling subject for a fairly minimalist figurative painting.

This head comes from a statue that lived in our front room, until our cats knocked it over and it broke into pieces. I couldn’t quite bring myself to throw it away, and it makes an interesting and fun drawing subject. Also, two of my boys are doing debating at school, and the 10 year old has been learning about ‘ethos’, ‘pathos’, ‘logos’ and ‘kairos’ - I think this woman might be ‘ethos’.

This head comes from a statue that lived in our front room, until our cats knocked it over and it broke into pieces. I couldn’t quite bring myself to throw it away, and it makes an interesting and fun drawing subject. Also, two of my boys are doing debating at school, and the 10 year old has been learning about ‘ethos’, ‘pathos’, ‘logos’ and ‘kairos’ - I think this woman might be ‘ethos’.

Bower bird

I draw my inspiration from lots of places, but mainly books, art and music. A bit of a bower bird, here is just a small fraction of the crazy wall that blooms above my desk, featuring sketches, posters, postcards, photographs and quotes.

When the images become so familiar to me as to become wallpaper, I take it all down and start over. It’s nice to have somewhere to keep those clippings you just can’t bring yourself to throw away. There might be an idea in there somewhere. I’ll keep the ultramarine blue painting my son made at school though - that colour won’t leave me alone.

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