Kate Hughes

February 25, 2010, 2:54 pm
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I completed this drawing some time ago but have had to refrain from posting it till it was in the hands of its new owner. A departure from my usual style a more overt drama was necessary for the subject. Drawing from a painting rather than a photo also transformed my own style and approach to mark making. A little practice at expanding capabilities.

Drawn from A Ship in Need in a Raging Storm by dutch artist Willem van de Velde.


February 23, 2010, 5:36 pm
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My painting is finished, the frictionless medium allowing soft blurs of dust and light, obscuring depth and detail. I was feeling rather satisfied with myself till I visited the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and was dumbstruck by the beauty of a Penleigh Boyd coastline and the boldness of Rick Amor’s solid black sky. I must remind myself that considering the infrequency of my efforts in this medium I’m doing alright.

This year seems to be the year where I force people to look at my work or at least give it a glance. I have a modest solo show on in the even more modest HTC Artspace, my book of horizons has been accepted into the Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize and it looks like I will have work on display in Melbourne University’s Baillieu Library sometime in the next few months.

This morning was spent following the creeping of developers along the Patterson River’s banks.

February 21, 2010, 1:53 pm
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Some may be happy to see that I’m attempting to paint again. The speed with which tones emerge astounds me but for me everything is always slow work. The photos were taken with my new camera though they are not particularly exiting demonstrations of its capabilities.

cloudy afternoons
February 15, 2010, 10:13 pm
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Photography has become much more important to me since my travels. A honing of technique is allowing me to capture the world as I see it. Still not as meaningful a communication as my drawings I find I am moving towards a point where I have some control over the mediums ability to alter atmosphere. These were taken with a borrowed (battled over) nikon d700. My very own nikon d90 arrived today along with a 10-24mm zoom lens and a 35mm prime lens. Expect more photos to appear here and hopefully some drawing too.

inhaling dust
February 12, 2010, 6:57 pm
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Waiting for the train at Murchison East station yesterday. Dark sky, light pouring trough dust thrown up by rumbling trucks, storm brewing behind me about to burst.

Ordered my new camera yesterday, waiting in anticipation for wide angle goodness.

take care
February 4, 2010, 10:09 am
Filed under: book binding, drawing

I recently assembled the cover I was working on in Amsterdam. Gluing together embroidered covers is always a tenuous activity, in this case it was exaggerated by the sheer volume of time and energy devoted to the work. Slapping glue around a dusty studio can lead to heartbreak, fortunately it came out well, near square too. The arrangement with drawings indicates this cover’s final role, to house loose drawings related to my travels, a miniature folio recalling those of long past travelers yet with the composition and detail of photography. More drawings to be done till this will be a complete work but the progress is happy.

Sorry for the infrequent updates, with little joy to be found in my camera I do not feel such an incentive to document my work. Here’s a preview of a super secret drawing though.