‘What Do Artists Do All Day? IV’

15 Nov

15 cb memory 1

I’m a member of an art collective called 15 Hundred Lives and we have a regular event at the Creative Bubble Artspace in Swansea. We open the door to the public for two days a month and invite people to see what it is that artists do all day. Many people only experience art once it’s on a gallery wall and have no idea what goes into producing it. We’re trying to break down those barriers and give people a chance to pop in at any stage of the genesis of a new artwork. This month we are working to the theme of memory and inviting people to bring a memory in to share with us. We had lots today – some did drawings, one brought a pinhole photograph and we even had poetry and a piece of performance art to inspire us.

memory 1

I haven’t worked like this before. I normally draw obsessively from life or, at a pinch, from research and photographs. I made a start using a sketch I made of my little nephew a few months ago and then worked back from him into my past. This is it at the end of Day 1 – I have a full day of work on it tomorrow. It’s on 2 pieces of heavyweight cotton rag paper, each A0, stretched onto the wall – it’s pretty big. I gave the whole lot a coat of gesso yesterday and rubbed it with yellow ochre acrylic paint and then drew today with carbon, charcoal, oil bars, white conte crayon and a reed pen with Indian ink.

More tomorrow……..

6 Responses to “‘What Do Artists Do All Day? IV’”

  1. Rufus Girard March 16, 2014 at 23:52 #

    What a great opportunity! And, a great way to step outside of our own spaces.

  2. allesistgut November 18, 2013 at 09:15 #

    What a great opportuniy for the public to see how you work. Love the idea and your drawing, too. Happy day! πŸ˜‰

  3. kestrelart November 16, 2013 at 00:42 #

    Always inventive!

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