Saturday, November 27, 2010

Continuing the PG / ink

Love gesso but wasn't working for me, used something else. Created many small works from which I'll be working forward.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Playing with material 17.11.10

Continuing to play with PG, sumi ink & gesso. Is portable & I took the materials with me to a day @ Alison Gordon’s studio for a regular monthly gathering. I’m also uploading some sections o previous work photographed with a viewer and want to find some good quality paper to create more simplified works, something that won’t stretch & buckle. I am using a good gsm weight of paper for these but need even heavier.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Top - gesso and sumi ink on cardboard - one thick brushful of ink.

Gesso on canvas.

Sumi ink on wet gesso.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Mixed Media Collage

A3 size, collage, sumi ink, gesso, paint on 180gsm paper.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mixed media Collage

Gesso, Paynes Gray acrylic paint, Sumi ink on card.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Write up on Dr Sketchy in NZ

A writeup on a drawing event I try to go to in Auckland, Wellington & now Hamilton. Much fun.Dr Sketchy!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Collage with limited materials

Brief was to create collages that undermine the conventions or logic of representation, using only black and white paper & newspaper, flattening any illusionary depth that occurred in the making.

Today's work

Mixed media collage, on black building paper, approx 1.5 x 1m, paint, white charcoal, found objects, string, magazine & other papers.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


More work with Paynes Gray... now I've lost the support and am deconstructing my surface.

This work is almost finished. Thinking about how much further to take the broken edge...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Life drawing

I've not been to life drawing for the last 3 weeks being so immersed in my current work which is totally unrelated. I swiped these photos from the organiser/tutor (apologies/thanks John!). Reminded me I've not uploaded my last drawings so there is one that John took of one of mine, & a very atmospheric shot from another evening.

Payne's Gray

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Control over the material

has become my interest currently. Or rather, not having control. Over the last couple of weeks I've been exploring Paynes Gray paint in a variety of ways. It is a colour I did not like but have become more interested in, and my painting "Submission" was in Paynes Gray. This week I started working with sumi ink and really enjoyed the nature of the material compared to paint, and it got me thinking about chance in artmaking. Its not that I have huge control over my materials, I don't. But applying them can feel 'forced' at times, like a battle to win control, and it might be very nice to use a material in a way where I know I cannot control the outcome so much. That's my quest at the moment. I will post a couple of photos but they won't make sense most likely. Top photo sumi ink, the others playing with PG.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mixed Media drawing

A3 cream 180gsm, compressed charcoals/pastels, acrylic Payne's Grey wash, drawn from life.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Is something that happens all over the world. Google it. Well I've discovered it even happens in New Zealand. I happened to be in Wellington for the last session of Dr Sketchy, at the Mighty Mighty bar in Cuba Street, big crowd, the models dressed in fluro leotards, animal prints, glitter & sequins, hair teased up big. Fabulous music, nice drinks, great atmosphere. Some rough sketches attached. Then I found there was one in Auckland & I went to the Cassette Number Nine bar in Vulcan Lane. Theme was early sixties, dresses, shoes, hair & makeup in theme. Last pose was one man in a suit & overcoat holding a paperbag, with two girls standing behind him, one about to choke him with something. I drew more of a cartoon style, won a "Buddy Christ" from the movie Dogma for that one, & gave the sketch to the main model. The person running it was fantastic, talked up a scene, even gave us a title for each drawing. Now I discover there is a Dr Sketchy in Hamilton, another nearby town.