Thursday, March 26, 2009

Approach - watercolour of the Nine Standards

This is a small watercolour (15 cms x 10 cms) based on my experience of hiking towards the Nine Standards Rigg in Cumbria UK. It was a very windy day. The monoliths would appear and disappear as I walked along the path up the hills. From a distance it was difficult to make out both size and surface texture of these tall cairns. Walking in the strong wind is slow and hard. The sense of time and approach was the focus of the series Early on the Morning we arrived, which is based on the same site.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wax resist drawing - Hill Figure

This was a preliminary drawing to the Antiquarian Walk. It's very simple with wax applied directly to the washi and using only two colours, with a small amount of white for opacity. It is very small, only 136mm x 121 mm. 2008

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Standing Stones - oil on canvas

Evening meeting. Oil on linen 12" x 9" 2002/2008.

I found this canvas last year when going through a box of old paintings. At that time it was BW monochrome and rather unfinished. I worked over it in a very simple complimentary pallette of violet/yellow, which lifted the whole image and gave it much more punch.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Antiquarian walk - ink and watercolour


This is a small postcard size drawing made with pencil, watercolour and ink on washi. I based it on memory, reading and imagination; drawing inspiration from 18thC antiquarian prints.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A stone henge. Wax resist and watercolour on washi


A Stone Henge. wax, pencil, watercolour on washi, 18cms x 11cms 2008

I like using wax resist in drawing very much. If the paper is strong enough, I sometimes use a beeswax candle and draw directly. In this case, the washi was far too soft and fibrous so I had to apply softened beeswax with a stump. This was applied over the pencil drawing and before the watercolour wash. The image is imaginary, a formal exercise using the shapes of Stonehenge.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Early on the morning we arrived - conte on paper 2002


These are drawings I made in 2002 for a studio project and exegisis exploring the reception of megaliths sites in art. These drawings were made from memory after visiting the Nine Standards, near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, in 1999. There are 10 drawings in total which form a small series without narrative but focussing on time and anticipation. You can see all of them here.