Bideford Black

14 Nov

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I was with a group of artists working with the 15 Hundred Lives collective at Creative Bubble today. We have the artspace for a couple of days every month to work together and to let the public come in and see how art is created. I’ve been working on a very big drawing in charcoal and chalky pastels, based on an original life drawing, and I’ve been trying out an old traditional pigment, Bideford Black, which is a naturally occurring black clay-like pigment from Devon.

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I found it very interesting to use. It feels like a lump of crumbly clay but when you start to rub it on the paper, it quickly acquires a smooth surface and feels oily as it moves across the paper. I thought it would be hard to overlay it with other media, like carbon and chalky pastels, but they went on beautifully.

DSC08171It made me feel a connection to ancient artists, those who drew on the caves in Paleolithic times, using ochres, chalks and clays they found on and in the earth around them. Primeval. I like it. I’m at Creative Bubble for another day tomorrow so will finish the drawing then.

5 Responses to “Bideford Black”

  1. Lemon November 17, 2014 at 15:43 #

    Wow, I love your giant drawing. Good work, “cave woman” Rosie! 😀

  2. Rosa de los Vientos November 15, 2014 at 10:12 #

    I pretty much like the colours you’ve used in your drawing, and the Bideford Black in that little bag seems so attractive to touch (and.. become a cave woman 😉 )

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