Continuing thoughts on unfinished, or in this case, barely started projects: part of my collection of postcards showing Guernsey coastal views. This image taken in Guernsey some few years ago. Current interest for me resides mainly in the images of docks and martello towers. No answers to this as yet - it probably needs another few years of sporadic pondering.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Thursday, 7 November 2013
The Starting of Finishing Things
Step one of finishing projects that refuse to die after several years: have ordered a print of one of the lightbox images to check out size and proportions of image and border. I've used the proportions of the transparency that is at the root of this, but have an idea that maybe the lightboxes need to be small and jewel-like, contrast of colour and darkness.
Next I need to research lightbox manufacturers.
AND is it meaningful that the barometer in my studio always points to fair weather?
Saturday, 12 October 2013
A rare few moments in the studio since my return from Africa and this china deer stamped 'Foreign' seeming poignant on my desk.
Before I forge ahead wanting to 'make stuff', my task will be to take stock of the studio and the new amount of space by the back window, cleared just recently. How will I make best use of it? I also need to update some of my web presences and tackle the problem of updating my own website.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
The overgrown 18th Century pleasure garden that is Hackfall. A wooded paradise of cascades, overhung pool, moss and fern - originally a contained and artfully contrived sylvan idyll. And when I stayed there - snow, hail and ice. I became transfixed by the aspect of the overhung pool, both looking down from above, as in these images, and in the reflections close up. When the thaw set in the fountain began to play again.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
The bunker at the back of the Queen of Hungary Studios, now behind the Nissen Hut, has undergone a transformation. The ivy has received a haircut and an impromptu playground has appeared. Here is a before and after comparison. What a surprise when I went to empty the cafetiere. Perhaps this is an inventive type of camouflage?
Thursday, 14 February 2013
I rediscovered this old photograph from our Guernsey family side. I think it may be of my Grandfather's beehives - I certainly remember him keeping bees. I like the accretions of the storeys of this wooden tower and imagine it gradually increasing in height until, under the final weight of the blanket, it topples over. It looks like a tower on the edge somehow and not long to reaching that critical point.
Thursday, 7 February 2013
A visit to The Hepworth Gallery to view some of Hepworth's plaster maquettes and other model workings. They were a joy to see, but highlighted my own woeful lack of 'finished' maquettes for sculptures. My studio is littered with half-baked working models abandoned and interest and focus lost. Hepworth's maquettes have inspired me to do better and to value them more for their own, intrinsic value and character, as well as useful steps in the creative process. Whilst at the gallery I took these images of boat shapes to help with maquettes for a work that currently is either too boat-like or not enough.
Friday, 18 January 2013
I went to the London Art Fair last night, managing to get there and back in a weather window gap in Norfolk's week of snow and ice. The presentations from the newer and fresher galleries usually provide more stimulus and visual excitement - although they probably don't make as much money from sales.
The visit strengthened my resolve to try and push my collage work further in terms of materials, format and colour and taking them more into the sculptural. I've been teetering on this edge for a couple of years now at least and blaming lack of time for not being braver in the work.
At a slight tangent, a delivery of A1 (not A0 this time) flyposter Iran stamp collage images was waiting for me on my return from London. They were not scanned on a black background this time, so the perforated pattern edging the stamp blends in to the background - not sure whether I like that.