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Scribbling USA

12 May

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I came to Boise to collaborate with a group of artists to produce a body of monotypes and drawings, which we did, but I can’t resist the urge to scribble;it’s like scratching an itch. This is one I did of a grain elevator in Oregon. I’d never seen one before. It was huge. This is scribbled into my tiny bound leather steampunky sketchbook using a new Sharpie superfine pen. I’m not too keen on it as it bleeds through the page, but it might be better on a thicker paper, it gives a good line and flows well.

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Yesterday I was at a steamroller print session in a local school. It was very hot so I spent some time sitting in the shade, scribbling. It’s great to be able to draw so many kids because they’re so completely different to adults. Skinny little Bambi legs and heads that look too big for their bodies. Scribbling in public means you have to be very quick and sometimes you get good sketches, sometimes not. This is a mixed bag but that’s what being an artist is about, you have to practice all the time.

This residency has been supported by The Arts Council Of Wales and Wales Arts International.

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That Caravaggio Gets Right Up My Nose!

12 May

Hilarious blog about arty spoofs, mash-up of famous paintings. Very funny and clever.

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As Marat might have said! While looking up info about Van Gogh’s portrait of his mother (Zoe Keenan’s third drawing was of this portrait) when I came across a delightful site of Photoshopped artworks.

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This was entitled “Blind man fooled to poke a dead dude up the nose” and it was claimed to be a co-work-of-art between Caravaggio and Jacques-Louis David. In fact it was an entry in a Photoshop competition run by FreakingNews.com. This particular contest invited people to submit combined paintings. I’m only showing a few of the entries. Check out the site for others.

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This incorporates elements from Dali and Munch into a work by Escher, while here Whistler’s mother plays cards with Frederick Goodall’s little girl.

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Finally a collaboration between Degas and Monet!

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There are several other Photoshop competitions based on art and artists. One speculates on what Vincent van Gogh might be…

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Steamrollers, Blocks and Chili

12 May

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It’s my last day in Boise, Idaho and I spent the morning with Amy Nack, the Wingtip Press Director, at a steamroller printing session at a local school then the afternoon back at the studio to knock out a final couple of block prints. The first is a composite of a number of petroglyphs that I drew during my visit to Snake River.

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When we were out on our road trip, I sat in the mountains and cut a small block. It’s the first time I’ve done any block cutting al fresco and it was fun. I used a soft, easy-cut block, the sort they use in schools. I haven’t used it before. Here are the results.

And here are some photos of the steamroller printing this morning. It was well over 90F and I had some fresh fruit salad Mexican style – mango, melon and pineapple sprinkled with salt and chili. Delicious.

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This residency has been supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

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