Drawing

Drawing whilst listening

I have always have been a big fan of drawing whilst listening. Some of my favourite things to draw have been born out of attending my old University lectures, pen and paper in hand. Notice how I am not calling this ‘doodling’. That word, to me, is a bit lacklustre. It can be defined as:

  1. Scribble absentmindedly.
  2. Engage in idle activity; dawdle: “they could plan another attack while we’re just doodling around”.

I like to think my drawing has more of a purpose, an outpouring of something, a visual description of someone I am interested in, etc.

Sitting with pen in hand can make me listen better, and also can help me from becoming bored. It’s also one of my favourite things: productive. If I’m sat down, watching something, or someone – I feel much more at ease and able to relax if I’m keeping myself busy with something creative… of course I don’t do this all the time as there is a need to just sit and be sometimes, but I do notice myself enjoying it more if I’m creatively stimulated in some way.

This does come with a risk of becoming distracted by the drawing – paying it too much attention. Although that’s not really a problem in my eyes. I welcome that, especially as I am trying to put more value and importance on drawing.

This week I am volunteering as a Host Delegate at the International Conference on Culture Health and Wellbeing in Bristol, an Arts and Health South-West event. I am spending the beginning of this week ushering people around, telling speakers when they have one minute left of their talks, ticking people off lists, handing things out, being a friendly face, being a bit of a Bristol tour-guide and most interestingly, sitting in on lots of talks on a variety of subjects based around Health and Wellbeing, by lots of interesting speakers.

And I have been drawing.

Day 1.

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Day 2:

A workshop on ‘The Cancer Journey’ and ‘Dying Creatively’ very interesting subjects, and I picked up a really interesting titbit: how we humans have so many ways of talking about death and dying, by getting it into conversation: ‘drop dead gorgeous’, ‘dead easy’, ‘dead set’, ‘dead end’, ‘dying to meet him’. A way of making it a softer subject? So that when we have to deal with it, it’s not something wholly new. We’ve been saying the words all along.

Lots of words and sayings in todays drawings: ‘Engaged in a collective endeavour’ (I forgot the U!) ‘Feeling is healing’, a suggestion to say “can we talk about what it’ll be like when you die” to the people around you, to prepare and engage with it. Another suggestion to ‘talk about death in a funny way’ – a coping strategy, and a good way to ‘be’ about it. The ‘What Ever’ is mine – no one said that! Onward to day 3!

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Day 3: Too busy running about to draw. Boo hoo!

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Paint, Text

Pictures Talking

Here’s something new! Sprung from a creative afternoon on the sofa with Angela Chick, and a donation of paints from a much-missed Grandpa, I made these.

That last one there is my favourite, and I’d like to do this on a large scale. All the above were made using wall-paint as the speech bubble – to help get that stark edge, which I want more practice at. The orange text is with watercolour and the thinest brush ever. Slight issue with magazine paper going wrinkly with the paint, may try ironing the paper after painting. Now need to collect more B&W images of people at parties, having a nice time.

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Can’t find my keys

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Double rainbow all the way (Inspired by this incredible Youtube vid: double rainbow)

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Not sure if she is having a great time or not

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Elvis is really enjoying this

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The sexy Cara Delevingne is a pork pie fan. Can she have half of yours?

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She loves her bovril

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Maybe a barber shop quartet, maybe just agreeing with each other.

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Blind Drawing, Drawing

Telephone Drawings take 2

This wonderful old telephone, previously drawn, used as a prop, kicked about in the studio, hidden away on a shelf…. thought it was time to get it out and draw it again, because that’s always been a good starting point for me when I’m trying to get into the creativity zone or want to actually do some drawing (so very overlooked by me most of the time). So here’s the phone, and  the drawings which came out. One is a 5-minute blind drawing. ‘Cos I like that

 

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Art

Top Notch paintings

Yesterday, paints out (wall paint, powdered Indian paint, lacquer, pencils, pins to scrape with and graphic pens) to make one very small painting for a fundraiser for Bristol’s Cruse Berevement Care, to take the form of an anonymous exhibition, each piece A5. More about that here. 

Liking the words ‘Top Notch’ and wanting to write them everywhere.

 

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Art, color, Process

Melting down oil pastels and crayons

 

 

This started as me making a ‘creative tutorial’ for the Light Box blog, but turns out that I didn’t feel very excited nor energised about making a step-by-step tutorial and wanted more of a chance to experiment and have fun with it.

So away I went, not worrying about an end-point, not worried about photographing every little step. There is this thing (all over Pinterest and craft blogs) where you can melt down old ends of oil pastels, combine with crayons to help solidify and bind, then cook for just 10 minutes in the oven at 100 degrees, and you can make a whole new crayon/oil pastels out of whichever colours you like.

But I like what I made more then that – more of an object (plus it’s crap to use as a crayon!) reminds me of using resin, makes me want to take this further and try to set objects within the melted down waxes. Could I float little objects in grey pastels, so it’s barely visible, like smog? What about just using wax? Those are notes to self!

I did take some pictures. The slicing of the oil pastels was a wonderful experience. An unusual texture – very satisfying.

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Drawing, Process, Thoughts

Never

One word, simple really- I HAD to make SOMETHING and I couldn’t find my motivation, my interest, my inspiration. So I imagined never having any of those three things, and realised that this is a monetary thing and it’ll all whiz back to me, and it’s ok! So I wrote the word ‘NEVER’ to remind me of this, and played around with some little page-tab things I found in a dollar shop in NZ. Taking inspiration from this quote, but exchanging ”dance” for “making shit”

We’re fools whether we dance or not so we might as well dance (Japanese proverb)

 

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Drawing, Thoughts

Three Small Pieces

Three small pieces, made from a commitment to “I will spend 20 minutes making something today”. I didn’t really enjoy it, it felt like more of a ‘have-to’ but I bloody did it! (And I don’t like them much, apart from the one which secretly says ‘Start’.)

slow down

Recycled paper, letraset, ink

squares

Recycled paper again, with ink, and some sticky sponge squares, which were peeled off post-ink

tart

More recycled paper, ink dabbed on with a tiny paintbrush, letraset on the top.

My studio is now here at home and being surrounded by my things is spurring me on.

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Interesting and Inspiring, Thoughts

Advice to Myself

Scan 2 advice

 

1. Do it now

2. Ask yourself – What do I aspire to be?

3. Ask yourself – What do I want to create?

2. Don’t Self Sabotage (something I’m quite good at) it’s what stops you from being the person you want to be (making the things that you want to make) Comes from being scared – “What do I gain from this?” and self sabotage usually leads to short term gain

3. Don’t waste time on guilt. Get on with it and resolve to do better.

 

A few good little things (big things!) I’ve already picked up from reading a great book called ‘The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life’ by  Twyla Tharp

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Collage

New Years Day Collage

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Yep, there is is. The first collage of 2013. I’m not going to overcommit to a ‘one a day’ thingy, but I want to commit to generally ‘doing more’ collaging. The stripy orange bit is an airplane sick bag, the chap+house from a skating mag, a building from a real photo and a bit of orange from a note pad. I signed it and everything!

 

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color, Drawing

Colouring in Hexagons

A beautiful new book, bought in the bookshop attached to the wonderful MACBA – Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s a notebook with HEXAGON PAPER. That’s right, tiny little hexagons just waiting to be coloured in or for a story to be written, a word in each hexagon. It’s made by ‘Paperways’. I’m excited about the book, and I hear that my delightful friend and fellow creative Angela Chick is using hers now too. We had a little hiatus because the books are so beautiful – you know when you put off using them because they’re so nice.

The notebooks can be bought on Amazon here or here on the InkThistle website – you can see the other lovely Paperways products here too.

Here’s what I have done so far. I seriosly need to get better at colouring within the lines. But those hexagons are very small you see. Drawing with my trusty Pilot 0.4, a very sharp pencil and my ‘Zig Kurecolor’ graphic pens which was given to me as the best Christmas present ever. More about those pens right here.

Hexagon

Hexagon 7 Hexagon 6  Hexagon 4

Hexagon 3

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Working out which pens I can use and which I can’t. Some of them bleed too much into the paper you see. I wanted to use light and subtle colours only.

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Text Project

End of Text Project

leftover text project

 

Officially the end of the Text Project. A recent studio clear-out confirmed that I don’t want to pursue the ‘Text Project’ no longer. Let’s chuck the leftover letters I have and make both the headspace and physical space for the new projects. Done! This is the last of it, lovely leftovers, cut out from the O’s. Bye bye!

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Thoughts

Some old things

A comment on my artwork from 2008, which was good to see again

“Very charming! Your work seems so very honest and casual. It gives me feelings of positivity, optimism, light-hearted-ness (and such things) in yourself and others. Your art certainly makes me giggle. Your gallery seems lightly/subtley critic

 

And me, from 2006: “I HAVE NEVER CREATED A SERIOUS PIECE OF ART, AND I DON’T THINK I WANT TO. AND I DON’T THINK THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT.”

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Video

50 FRAMES – A Video Project

Finally, the right music. This is the evolvement of the 1-second movies video I made two years ago. (not here online, but it will be) The project has felt a little bit like ‘You’ve Been Framed’ until I started playing with the music.

But joking aside, and this IS a funny video, but It has weight to it too. I have been creating this for 6 months. The clips within I have been collecting for 7 years. So many have been cut out, but that was a good process within itself. Chuck away the things you don’t need, which don’t make something better.

Music: Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love

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