Monthly Archives: September 2012

from a lake, seen [in a sketchbook]

Thursday 27 September 2012

from watching the surface of the water on one fine afternoon in late august, two pencil drawings in a very small pocket sketchbook…

sketchbook studies drawings, lake water surfaces
sketchbook drawings, first two are drawn from observation, the rest are drawn from memory and imagination, doodling the pattern of water…

sketchbook drawing lake water ripples
[two pages of a small sketchbook, pencil drawing, 195mm x 141mm]

sketchbook drawings, water, lake, surface, patterns
[small sketchbook pages, drawings in pencil and ink pen]

sketchbook biro drawing water moving
[sketchbook drawing, in biro, 195mm x 141mm]

sketchbook drawings water pattern surfaces
[sketchbook drawings – pen, biro and indian ink pen]

sketchbook drawings water surfaces
[more sketches and drawings from imagination – pen and ink]

it’s a shame there are no mountains nearby…

did i mention that i have some new work in an art exhibition at the moment..? read more about artworks and two (out of twelve) small paintings here. the artworks exhibition finishes this weekend…

artworks 13th annual art exhibition
8th to 30th september 2012
blackthorpe barn
(SatNav IP30 9HZ)

the artworks exhibition is open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

artworks is a professional art group of thirty east anglian artists who organise a showcase exhibition each year at blackthorpe barn.

buy none, get another one free!

Friday 21 September 2012

introducing another very small drawing on a postcard art giveaway – it’s free art for a friday, or #FAFAF..!

art drawing postcard prize draw
[untitled drawing on a postcard, 10.3cm x 14.5cm]

this small drawing on a postcard is closely related to the previous small drawing on a postcard art giveaway. there are/were three postcard drawings; i think i will be keeping one.

read about the previous art giveaway here…

free art drawing postcard

to be in with a chance to acquire this very small (untitled) drawing on a postcard, all you have to do is leave your name & a short message in the comments section below.

art drawing on a postcard

this very small drawing on a postcard art giveaway closes at midnight on sunday 30th september 2012. the draw will take place on monday 1st october 2012.

as previous postcard art winners will testify, i will send the postcard free in the UK. however, if you live abroad (ie, outside the UK) then a small monetary donation will be required to cover airmail postage, should you decide to enter this art giveaway and subsequently win!

i asked google: how much would it cost to send Airmail a postcard (carefully wrapped inside an envelope) weighing around 20-30g? Europe: £1.28 or 1.60 EURO; USA: £1.90 or  $3.09 USD; Australia $2.95 AUD. surface mail (by land and sea) is cheaper (and perhaps slightly greener?) at £1.31 or $2.12 USD. surface mail is “an economical service for items that don’t need to reach their destination quickly.”

thank you for reading, and good luck…

would you buy this painting?

Monday 17 September 2012

water surface abstract painting, the constant flow of water, currents, tides, waves, crashing, drowning

[untitled water painting, acrylic on linen, 20cm x 20cm]

dear reader, would you buy this painting? it’s never been in a gallery or an exhibition (it has no picture frame) and it’s very unlikely to be. i seem to have a lot of paintings (or works) like this – many things started, but never really finished. if i add up the work i haven’t really finished to the other work which i think is done, then the work soon mounts up…

river water painting, intriguing surface patterns, depth, flow and force of water

so what is it with this imagined water surface? i always tell myself not to use philosophy to express a thought which i would never have entertained myself, so to paraphrase Nietzsche, the higher you fly the smaller you will look to those on the ground, is an idle thought which seems relevant to this feeling of uncertainty, a conflict or contradiction, between what you want and what you get by doing something…

fast water flowing, painting, thinly layered washes and moving pools of colour, painted from memory

within the perceived depths of water (rather than the sky) perhaps it is the counterpoint to thinking that, being above and yet below, in the ebb and the flow, but what do i know..?..

the element of water, the high seas, the oceans, ships and shorelines, rivers and ports, a significant part of family history, and then making a small connection…

it is not the river that influenced this small painting; it could be the weather, the rain, the floods, the seashore and the waves. perhaps it is an ocean (in the shade of blue), and where there is an ocean there is also the air and the big blue sky, but sometimes clouds, or storms, forming and dispersing, influencing, mirroring, moving, from one element into another…

anyhow, it’s just a thought…

[see also: on the surface, water paintings]