Back from Liverpool and back to work.
Great news is that selected pieces of my work are now in Gloss Gallery in Exeter, including an original. http://www.glossgallery.co.uk/
Plus, Horace the hare is making his way to the Mayflower gallery in Tavistock.
Today, after visiting the post office to send some art work off as a donation to Cancer research at Christies in Manchester ( Lovely Karen Frost is holding a fundraising event this fri) , I will be teaching art at Art for All in the studios at art frame solutions .
Hoping to be back in my studio and working on my hares again tomorrow.
So there I was mooching about in the London graphics centre in Covent garden, my arms laden with lovely art materials, when I heard a squeal of horror from the shop assistant. I turned to see what the problem was and what shocked him so: it was my furry brown hat that I had accidentally dropped ; he thought it was a rat!
I found lots of great new nibs, brushes and inks that I can’t wait to try out.
Plus I found lots of interesting trees in st James park.
Got great news today too, my work is now in
Higher Street Gallery, 1 Higher Street, Dartmouth, Devon. TQ6 9RB
t: 01803 839538
Also some lovely red tones in this tree in my garden too.
Lovely walk on a sunny Dartmoor this morning looking at the ponies.
Didn’t see any hares. So back into the studio to work on the ‘Kissing Hares’. The character of the first hare is beginning to emerge now but I think it’ll need both hares to be completed before you can see the true characters through their interaction.
I had lots of measuring to do: just like a human face an animal’s face has certain mathematical rules (I hate maths!) so I draw freehand first and then measure to check I have it right. Generally speaking I get it right but there are times when I can see something is wrong but can’t work out what it is, as soon as I measure, the problem reveals itself and I can see it instantly. Measuring and maths are important in art no matter how much you hate it! I only roughly measure with my pencil though, never with a ruler.
The hare’s ears are generally speaking the same length as his or her face and the width of the neck about the same size as the width of the face at the widest point. These are just two examples; I do hundreds of measurements and comparisons on an image to double-check my eye is right. These basics I do try to stay true to but other aspects I exaggerate or minimise depending on what I’m trying to achieve.
The ratios I take from a variety of pictures of hares and at different angles. I won’t bore you with them all.
As well as looking at pictures for measurements, I also look at textures of the fur as it varies from whereabouts the fur is and it’s function on the hare. I always make sure I’m using the same breed if possible so there’s no discrepancies.
Here’s today’s work anyway.
Hi, it’s been a long while since I last posted, but I’m now back in my studio and sketching away. My last piece ‘Horace’ found a new home the very next day after he was framed,
He will be appearing on my website as a print for sale very soon. (only 50 prints and several have sold already!) He was a popular chap, a bit scruffy, but a lovely character to work on. I’ll let you know when he’s up and then you can look at the detail and say hello to him.
So to keep me company in Horace’s absence, I’m creating two more hares: I don’t know their names yet, as I get to know them better I’ll find out their names .
I’ve done some preparatory sketches and started on the ink work. The sketches are just a warm up exercise in pencil, they are very rough and I use them to get to know the angles and what the challenging parts of the piece might be, plus I work on the positioning on the page and the composition.