Filed under: 2012 made in, drawing | Tags: cockatoo island, drawing, graphite, grey lead
Graphite on paper. 6 x 14 cm
I find that greylead drawings never photograph well but perhaps I am just making excuses for how out of practice I am.
Filed under: drawing, surrounds, travel | Tags: amsterdam, drawing, graphite, snow
The last few days have been spent in the kitchen. There have been braised greens with pasta, cauliflower soup, tomato eggplant pasta sauce, caremalised onion and pumpkin tarts and stewed apples to eat on pancakes and stirred into porridge for breakfast, all homemade. I am surrounded by pubs, cafes and restaurants but I feel no need to eat out when I can cook whatever I desire.
As well as in the kitchen I have been working at my desk filling another tiny piece of paper with thousands of greylead marks to make a picture. Grappling with flat skies, rippling water and complex rigging I think I’m managing alright.
Filed under: book binding, craft, drawing | Tags: artist book, drawing, graphite
I sincerely regret that I never finished this book. It’s pale blue cover bisected by an inky line charms me. Examining the horizon through wahat is above and below, the cover is the only thing that recalls a vista. After drawing the first page I left the others blank seeking inspiration elsewhere. Blank pages remain, traces of guiding lines across their surface, squares drawn up never to be filled. I wish it were complete but my drawing has progressed so far that I would have to begin the first two again should I continue it. They are less than my ability now but I can’t bring myself to replace or dispose of them. So the book remains undone.
Looking down from above, something begins to take form.
Filed under: 2009, made in, drawing, photography | Tags: drawing, graphite, hands, landscape
Thinking about the drawing as an object, a three dimensional piece of paper and lead to be held. Folded and smeared the drawing will change state degrading to destruction. I want to watch drawings move, I may need to use some video.
Filed under: 2005, made in, book binding, drawing | Tags: artist book, drawing, graphite
At the end of 2005 my landscapes turned from the picturesque to the sublime. I became enthralled in the shadows of the suburbs and the forms that populated them. It was the beginning of my exploration of the void as an aesthetic and conceptual device. Initially restrained and crisp my blacks latter swamped the page bleeding out at the edges.
Filed under: 2006, made in, drawing | Tags: graphite, life drawing, male nude
It’s been a long time since my last life drawing session. I’m keen to start again but have had little success in finding a class that suits me, I like long poses (40 min to 3 hrs) and minimal teaching.
The chairs in the room and the directions they faced always fascinated me far more than the models though.
The year of 2007 was a slow one art wise, many drawings begun and forgotten. To counter the painfully drawn out artist block that followed three extremely productive years spent in the VCA print making department I decided a return to simple pleasures was needed and abandoned analysis of subject and process. I walked to hearns hobbies and bought two model airplane kits which fueled an intricate series of illusionistic drawings of which these are the most simple and successful. Slowly I built my practice back up, planes led to clouds, led to horizons led to landscapes where I am now and I predict will be for a long time.
Filed under: book binding, craft, drawing, surrounds | Tags: artist book, drawing, embroidery, graphite
My current work in progress an embroidery covered concertina book drawn with my beloved grey leads.
I have the strong urge to drop everything in my life to focus on my art right now. I love my masters but every morning I’m drawn to skipping class and heading to my studio, I don’t. My studio is currently my only constant with three different homes so far this year I feel in a never ending state of transience. I depend on my studio space for comfort yet am unable to commit to truly embracing it as my future there is uncertain beyond the end of the year. I long for a long term space, to sleep and make art, the two intwined in the same room and no other obligations.
Filed under: 2008, made in, drawing | Tags: drawing, graphite, landscape, preston
my first work to be shown for many a year this work was accepted for the 2009 williamstown festival contemporary art prize. It is graphite on paper and of a very small scale (16 cm x ?). An intricate rubble along the preston train tracks, the sharpness of the trailer drew my eye.