Can’t See For Looking!

11 Sep



Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. I’ve made a start on a wall drawing onto newspaper, working from a photograph and it’s only now that I’ve put the photos onto the computer that I can see that the legs are too short! I could NOT see that when I was doing it. Leonardo da Vinci recommends checking your work in a mirror regularly because it helps to spot the wrong bits. I’ll have to take his feet down over the skirting board.

I’m working in an old shop in the centre of Swansea; it’s on loan until it gets demolished and I’m there with some other artists; we’re using as a pop-up artist’s studio. I papered the wall with newspaper and blocked some basic figures in white emulsion. I like working onto newspaper, I can incorporate images and headings into the work. I also like the texture of the charcoal on top of the brushstrokes and the wrinkles in the newspaper. I’ll be carrying on for a couple of weeks and when the demolition crew moves in, it’ll all be knocked down to make way for urban regeneration.

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5 Responses to “Can’t See For Looking!”

  1. Leonie Andrews September 11, 2015 at 23:37 #

    I’m liking the newspaper wall. I was watching a renovation show on the tellie this week and the people newspapered the walls prior to putting up the wall paper (period style for the 1850-s). I liked that effect without the wallpaper! But as my partner pointed out they would yellow over time. Speaking of which I had an interesting chat with a paper conservator about using newspaper in my drawings – not a good idea for long term survival

    • Rosie Scribblah September 12, 2015 at 04:34 #

      No, that’s a problem. This work is ephemeral and when I draw on newspaper normally it’s for practice, it loosens me up, artistic stretching before getting on with something on lovely paper. I like the work of the artist Guy Denning who uses newspaper a lot, I don’t know how he overcomes the quality problem. Maybe he doesn’t.

      • Leonie Andrews September 12, 2015 at 08:23 #

        The conservator said that absolutely acid free mounts, perspex instead of glass and fully sealed mounts will limit the damage as much as is possible. Like you I enjoy using it as a substrate for loose sketches. I’ve pondered whether it would be worth copying newsprint onto better paper if I actually wanted to make a more archivally sound work.

      • Rosie Scribblah September 12, 2015 at 09:53 #

        A friend of mine does photographic screenprints from newspaper and draws and prints on top of them, uses them in collage too.

      • Leonie Andrews September 12, 2015 at 10:16 #

        Great idea. I can certainly try that.

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