Kate Hughes

transitory domesticity
December 25, 2009, 6:50 am
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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.


December 20, 2009, 6:14 am
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A completed drawing to be tucked inside the blue map cover once it is a cover. The contents of the book are taking shape in my mind. Not all the drawings will have a maritime focus but they will be of places and things that recall dutch colonial history. I believe the ladies at my local art shop think I’m quite strange, recently I bought four different pencil sharpeners at the same time, not all sharpeners are made equal and you never know till you try them so I hedged my bets. Drawing may be slowed down over the next few days as I’ve hurt my back and sitting for long periods is uncomfortable.

I have developed a bit of a fascination for childrens parks while I’m here. There’s something about the geometric shapes and brilliant colours against the gloomy background.

December 18, 2009, 7:29 am
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Walking through the first snow this morning I headed to the docks around the unfortunately closed maritime museum. Enveloped in a curtain of fog were ships appearing straight out of history including a full scale replica of the Dutch East India Company ship The Amsterdam. The Amsterdam was wrecked on its maiden voyage in 1749 after the black plague broke out on board, mutiny occurred and finally the rudder broke off before the ship was hit by a storm.

I’ve begun a drawing of maritime imagery, hopefully with more to come.

back ways
December 17, 2009, 1:25 am
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Another pencil drawing in my book is done, abstracted geometric shapes create a flat plane in the somber background. Walking around the northern canals recently I discovered jetties of tall ships, tiny row boats and the occasional pile of maritime detritus.

I’ve been spending a bit of time in the kitchen lately cooking pasta bakes, roasted vegetables and tiny batches of cookies.

December 13, 2009, 5:58 am
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Stunning winter light illuminates the gaps between bare branches, a perfect day for strolling till your legs ache. More drawing to come and a near complete embroidery.

city link
December 2, 2009, 9:09 pm
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I’m planning on getting back to colour pencils soon, they capture the gloom and warm greys of urban sprawl so aptly. My tin of pencils currently lies prone at the bottom of a half packed suitcase, restrained by rubber bands. This drawing is from early this year. Initially arranged with an accompanying map and cloudscape the whole failed and they were chopped off leaving this panorama of concrete and now disassembled metal.

horizon line
November 27, 2009, 6:13 pm
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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.