Archive | April, 2014

The Last Drawing.

30 Apr

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This is the very last drawing I did on my Pakistan residency. I drew this elderly lady as she slept on the plane journey on the way back from Kuwait, into my little A6 sketchbook using a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S.

The residency was supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

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The Ghost And The Fishermen

29 Apr

april 29 ghostI produced two new monotypes during my recent residency in Pakistan. The technique also gives a ghost image as well as a full-colour one. Impressionists such as Degas and Monet used to work over their ghost monotypes with pastels and if it’s good enough for them…… Here’s the ghost of ‘Footfall At Taxila’. I applied a little Daler-Rowney soft pastel (artist’s quality) to bring out the lowlights and to slightly enhance the colour on the socks, trainers and kemeez. I also added a light emphasis to the edge of the rocky outcrop to delineate it from the background landscape. It’s not a complete reworking, just a little tweak.

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Just before we left Pakistan, friends took us to Rawal lake and we watched the sun setting, listened to the muezzins calling to prayer and sipped lemongrass tea as these two fishermen quietly went about their business. Idyllic. I’m back home now and missing it.

This residency was supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

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Ethical Photo Use?

28 Apr

A cautionary tale – how safe are the images that artists post?

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Every once in a while I check Google for my name and see what come up. I browse through multiple pages and click links that I’ve not seen posted before. Friday, I ran across a class taught at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center using one of my images for advertising a class. Wow, I have to admit I was shocked to see use of my work in this manner.  Ok, a little background:  this image is being pinned all over Pinterest along with other book creations I’ve made. Bookmaking is not a full time job, but something I like to do every once in a while. I created a tutorial because I had received a nice request from someone in the UK. The end book was photographed in my studio but I FAILED to place a © on the image. My studio name is on the photo along…

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Last Night In Islamabad

27 Apr

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We went to a literary festival in Islamabad on our last evening and as usual, I had a scribble. I used my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 and saved the drawing regularly to show the different stages, using a free Markers app. This lady was sitting in front of us.

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My residency in the Zaira Zaka Print Studio in Rawalpindi is now over and I arrived home last night. It’s cold and wet. Nothing new there, then.

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

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Coming Home……

26 Apr

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So here I am at Kuwait Airport, having a cuppa tea on my way home from my printmaking residency in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. It seems like just a few days ago that I was sitting here on the way over,but it was almost a month. The time I spent there was so intense, so packed that it shot by.

Jet lag, a visit to the ancient monuments at Taxila; working day and night in the Zaira Zaka printmaking studio with my fellow artists Hannah Lawson, Zaira Ahmed Zaka and Atif Khan; the exhibition launch at the fabulous Satrang Gallery in Islamabad; the hectic weekend in Lahore for my birthday; a full schedule of meeting with artists and gallery owners when we came back from Crazy Lahore.

I made a lot of new work; 4 editions of drypoint etchings, 4 Monotypes and 40 drawings so far. I need a holiday!

This is a pastel drawing I did shortly before we left, at sunset at Lake Rawal in the Bani Gala area of Islamabad. I used Daler Rowney soft pastels into my Khadi sketchbook.

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

 

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Even More Lahore

25 Apr

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Lahore is probably the craziest city I’ve ever been in, makes London and New York look provincial. The traffic is relentless but I was up early on Sunday morning and I sat in the hotel foyer, looking out of the window at silence. No traffic, no people, no mayhem. So I had a quick scribble. Like I always do.

Just one more day to go on my printmaking residency in Rawalpindi, flying home tomorrow. It’s gone so fast. It’s been supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

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More From Lahore

23 Apr

elephant 1Here’s a little sketch I did in Lahore at the weekend. We’d gone to visit the old part of the city and ended up at Cooco’s Den, a famous restaurant in the red light district. It’s at the top of an old brothel and is decorated with masses of carvings, old and new, stained glass and artefacts. It’s one of a kind. I sketched just a tiny fragment of the place, a large wooden elephant, carved and standing in amongst the old hammered beams. I’m thinking of turning it into a drypoint. Drawn into my little spotty A6 sketchbook with Faber Castell Pitt pens, sizes S and F.

 

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

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Punjab Sunset

22 Apr

sunset 8The drive back from Crazy Lahore was completely different to the torrential rain, hail and thunder we’d endured on the way down. The calm, sunny afternoon over the plains gave way to a beautiful sunset as we approached the mountains on the final leg of our journey back to Pindi.

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I sketched these quickly, just noting down impressions, using Daler Rowney artist quality soft pastels into my Khadi hand-made paper sketchbook, around 15cms square.

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

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Rain. Hail. Thunder. Picnic.

21 Apr

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Travelling down to Lahore from Rawalpindi on my birthday, we hit a huge storm, so heavy that we had to stop on the motorway verge so we had our picnic of egg sandwiches and crisps in the car while the torrential rain and hail – yes hail in Pakistan – thundered down on the roof of the car.  Just like Spring bank holiday in Britain! I scribbled fleeting impressions of the sky and land; the light changed constantly and it was a real challenge to get something down on paper. When we arrived in Lahore, the city was flooded, but that was quite good for us because it kept the temperature and the dust down.

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I drew into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook, approximately 15cms square, using artist quality Daler Rowney soft pastels……and my finger! Before I came to Pakistan, I cut up lots of squares of acid-free tissue (kite) paper to interleave between the pages as pastels are very messy and I wanted to keep the drawings clean.

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

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Whistlestop tour of Lahore

19 Apr

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I was going to continue the story of the Punjab thunderstorm this evening but we’re exhausted from a whistlestop tour of Lahore today in the heat. So here are the next 2 drawings in the series. We’d just reached the end of the mountain bit of the road and the light started to change, so I scribbled away. There was nothing at that minute to suggest that a storm was on the way.

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Drawn into my small square Khadi sketchbook using Daler Rowney soft pastels.

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