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In Someone Else’s Zone

1 Apr

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Husb and I went to a performance drawing event at the excellent local artspace, Creative Bubble, this evening to see artist Glan Jenkins working on a new drawing. I draw all the time so I’m used to being completely in the zone, cut off from the rest of the world as I get immersed in the emotional and physical experience of drawing. But this was the first time I have become immersed in someone else’s drawing experience. I was in the zone as Glan worked on his giant drawing and it was great to feel like that and yet have clean hands at the end. Result!

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I scribbled as Glan drew, into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook with graphite sticks in three colours – black, grey and gold. It’s always a challenge to draw figures in movement, I find that I end up working on a composite as it’s impossible to draw quickly enough to capture a fleeting movement.

In The Zone

8 Nov

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I’m working flat out to make 20 new small drawings for a group exhibition at The Brunswick in December. I’m making transfer prints from digital photos I’ve taken and then drawing on top of them in Indian ink. I print out a digital photo in standard inkjet inks (good quality ones don’t work) on cheap paper and put the image face down onto good quality art paper on an etching press. I quickly rub cheap nail-varnish remover (good quality ones don’t work) onto the back of the printed photo and put several sheets of tissue on top and put it through the etching press on a tight etching setting. This transfers the image to the artpaper but it the process the colours change considerably and also randomly so you don’t know what you’ve got until you peel back the tissue. Oh – and open the windows because the fumes are smelly.

Here’s a detail of one of the drawings. I’m using dip pens and Indian ink and I’m getting into the mark-making; it’s very repetitive and meditative once I’m in the zone.

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