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Mood And Mosquitos

4 May

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I’ve been sorting through the stuff I brought home from my recent residency in Pakistan. I left some of my prints behind in an exhibition at the Satrang Gallery in Islamabad but I also did a lot of drawings and I’ve been photographing and cataloguing them.

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I did around half a dozen quick impressionistic sketches at the Rawal Lake in Bani Gala in Islamabad. The sun was setting over the mountains in the distance and the colours were extraordinary. I sat with friends and sipped lemongrass tea as the dusk descended. Then the mosquitos started biting and ruined it all!

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I scribbled these with artist quality Daler Rowney soft pastels into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook. Each sketch took around 4 or 5 minutes, maybe less.

 

My printmaking residency in Rawalpindi was supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

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Up The Mountains

2 May

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Here are some more quick impressionistic landscape sketches that I did during my recent printmaking residency in Rawalpindi. We were travelling through the mountains outside Islamabad. I averaged about 6 minutes a sketch, using Daler Rowney soft pastels into my Khadi sketchbook.

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

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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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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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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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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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Late And Manky.

14 Apr

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Pulling another late one at the Pindi Printshop, we’re about a third of the way through a mass editioning stint. The three of us are editioning 12 tiny drypoints. They have to go to the framers in the morning but they dry quickly in this atmosphere. Don’t have time to write anymore. Back to getting manky.

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

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