Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Stonehenge drawings.




These are new drawings I completed recently in Japanese calligraphy ink on watercolour paper. They all measure about 9" x 6" on 230gm Clester watercolour CP paper; one of the English made papers that Holbein sell in Japan. I worked from old sketches I made of Stonehenge in 2002 from my own photographs as well as a few old postcards. I was conscious of breaking down the form through loose linework to the point of abstraction; creating a new image of postive/negative space and vigorous line.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

New megalithic drawings.





Here are some new drawings on fresh paper from the Jionji Press in Ogawa Machi, Saitama Prefecture. These are very simple ink and watercolour drawings from memory done early in the morning, while the others are still asleep, before the trucks next door start up and the day gets noisy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Round stone

Painted in 2006 in aqua-oils, this was the first painting I tried on my own handmade paper. It measures about 24cms x 17cms. The inspiration being a boulder I saw on the Coast to Coast walk between Shap and Orton in 1999. A lone boulder, about 10 feet tall, stands on the limestone plateau buffeted by wind. Is it a nargun? Watch out!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Standing Stones - oil painting on handmade paper


I make my own paper from offcuts and failure prints and drawings. If primed and sized well, it makes excellent painting paper. Here I used it for a study of standing stones and the rough texture of the paper and off-square shape works well with the subject.