Monday, December 29, 2008

Knowledge which is acquired...

It's that time of year again when I need to get busy and create the thirteen works for the 2009 International Collage Exhibition and Exchange. It'll be the fourth time I've participated and yet again I've left it to the last minute! But this time I have an idea! Previously, I've rummaged through looking for inspiration to come from a piece of text or an image, or a drawing or photo, but this time I know what I want to do for the whole series. I wonder if it will make the process any easier!

The image is from the 2006 exhibition. It was exhibited in the 8th International Collage Exchange exhibition at Turchin Center at the Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I started with the drawing of the baboon (white pencil on black paper) and added the bars (like teeth). Quotations printed on computer, magazine collage, and some text from my own teaching materials. It's a probably obscure comment on compulsory eduction. The title of this post is the title of the work.

To see previous exchanges look:

here for 2006
here for 2007
here for 2008

there's a link on the sidebar for how to participate but you can click here

The exchange and exhibition is organised and run by Dale Copeland...and she does an amazing job. There's an online exhibition of pieces for sale, one from every artist. One work from every artist is exhibited overseas somewhere. And the rest...well, Dale sorts through them and every artist receives a package of 11 (or 12 if the sale pieces doesn't sell) collages back.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Artist, Friend and Wild Horses

I'm kind of cheating this week ... haven't got anything new to post so I'm posting some links to the blogs of a friend, artist John Mulvay, who writes rather interesting posts. He's got three blogs so take a look around all of them. He's very active in the local arts community...mural artist and life drawing tutor, has exhibited, won an art award (probably more that I don't know about) and been a guest exhibitor. I added the Sundays' version of Wild Horses to my music playlist here in reference to a print he has just put on one of his blogs. So, in the absence of artwork from me, have a look at John's recently mounted mural, his own life drawings and his very pregnant looking goldfish.

Oh, and that's a very quick and rough sketch I did of John listening to music at Chambers one Friday night.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mixed Media Life Drawing 10 December 2008

Our group met for the last time this year and again I made some took some collaged printmaking paper along, A2 size. I spend so long picking out particular pieces of paper that I want to put on these, forgetting that much of it will be obscured with paint and then dry media.

I used compressed charcoal and conte mainly.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mixed Media Life Drawing

Again I prepared some collaged printmaking paper. I used a French Grey Conte pencil for much of these. The sheet with two figures on it is smaller, A4 size, and I used a black Artline pen which, amazingly, did not seem to mind being used upside down. I was using an easel.