As my artistic practice has developed a number of different stories has started to be told. These stories influence each other and change but they all look a bit different. Enjoy the journey.
Portrait painting often feels like a complicated balancing act. Its important to capture the sitter and show them as they actually but a portrait is also a painting. The energy of brush strokes and colour adds to the character of the portrait.
Printmaking is a sort of playtime for me. The limitations of the medium means I can enjoy the textures and effects of printmaking without worrying too much about the drawing. One of my favourite types of printing is monoprinting which means you end up with only one print per process. This often turns into a sort of exploration, with many different images based on the same theme.
The truth is that an iPad can go where a sketch book can’t. I love to draw in unexpected places. This drawing was done at an orchestra rehearsal. I can be found drawing in church services and sitting on park benches. Although I will sometimes develop the images they often work as standalone works.
Sketches and drawings.
The idea of a sketch or a drawing is to make it possible to do a more finished and larger work from it. This does sometimes happen but I often like the drawings for themselves. Most of my sketching is done in colour. This is a typical sketch in water soluble crayons and watercolour.