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drawing photography

experiments, photos

I’ve made a few experiments in finding out what happens when photographic paper and photographic prints are painted with ink

( the answer? it depends on the ink, and to the extent that I had expectations, its not what I expected …)

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light photography

windows, sky

Today I made a new stencil shape based on the kitchen window of the cottage where I grew up, and used it to look up at the evening sky.

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light Uncategorized

on hope

Exploring hope again.

So I am continuing work on my essay, writing about hope in the work of visual artists, but I’m also thinking about hope in my own work. How that might be.

I have started a short writing workshop , and have been introduced to a powerful poem by Denise Levertov, ‘For the New Year, 1981’, starting with the line

‘I have a small grain of hope-‘

The poet also compares hope to a piece from the root of an iris, where she says

‘Please share your fagment
so that yours will grow.

Only so, by division,
will hope increase’

Feeling my way towards the fine-grain texture of things, and the surprise of colour up close, and how that feels like hope.

For example, the flower of gorse in December, how a plant can flare up yellow in the grey-blue dusk light.

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artists books light

a video fragment

A fragment of another book of the dark (video), made on Mynydd Llangyndeyrn.

There is something that I like very much about this one, it may be that what I like about it is that it is so deeply imperfect, to the point of awkward.

A bitter-sharp wind. My hands clumsy, numb fingers sticking out of fingerless gloves, feet stumbling as I was turning.

[To see the best of this video, it helps if you cut down the relflected light in your room].

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artists books light

book of the dark

what is a book of the dark?
having no idea how to answer this, I have made one
it is a test or a draft
a starting point for myself
something to work from

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art artists books

four scrolls

A short video, still working with the watercolour scroll forms.

I heard a palliative care doctor talking once, she said that there are four things that people very often need to say before departing.

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art

a book artist

I do appreciate that you are reading and following my blog!

I’ve updated the page on my website ‘about‘. I wanted to be able to offer clarity – about what I do, what I am offering to you here.

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art painting

scroll forms, watercolour

Making maquettes of scroll forms in watercolour this evening – working from memories of making the short film yesterday.

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art

small joys project

I am happy to announce that I have built new pages here on my website, for my small joys project.

small joys project

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art drawing

harvest art

here is some food work, for havest-festival
a drawing and print, made at our online arts group this morning
painting on vegetables and using them to make block prints
which is so lovely and meditative and frankly also amazingly counter-intuitive
if you have a bit of paint, a few hours to spare and a leaf or the end of a bit of sweetcorn –
I can’t recommend it highly enough