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Scribbling USA

12 May


I came to Boise to collaborate with a group of artists to produce a body of monotypes and drawings, which we did, but I can’t resist the urge to scribble;it’s like scratching an itch. This is one I did of a grain elevator in Oregon. I’d never seen one before. It was huge. This is scribbled into my tiny bound leather steampunky sketchbook using a new Sharpie superfine pen. I’m not too keen on it as it bleeds through the page, but it might be better on a thicker paper, it gives a good line and flows well.


Yesterday I was at a steamroller print session in a local school. It was very hot so I spent some time sitting in the shade, scribbling. It’s great to be able to draw so many kids because they’re so completely different to adults. Skinny little Bambi legs and heads that look too big for their bodies. Scribbling in public means you have to be very quick and sometimes you get good sketches, sometimes not. This is a mixed bag but that’s what being an artist is about, you have to practice all the time.

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



10 May


Along the Oregon Trail from Boise, Idaho to Pendleton where we visited Crow’s Shadow Press and I experienced pulled pork in a Wild West Saloon bar. Here’s a little sketch of it. On the way here I saw amazing changes of vast landscapes and went into a casino. I came back out again pretty quickly, one of the most depressing places I’ve ever seen.

It’s incredible that people managed to get here in wagons and on horseback, the landscape is so dramatic and harsh. It was so overpowering that I couldn’t really focus enough to stop and sketch but now I’ve had a chance to take it in, I’ll be scribbling on our way back to Boise tomorrow with my traveling companion, Amy Nack of Wingtip Press.

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


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