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Eff Ay Bee

1 Jun

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I was invigilalting a group show that my work is in at Fringe Arts Bath, a FAB group of exhibitions scattered across 6 venues in the city. It’s the biggest event my work has been in – so far. But babysitting a show can get pretty boring, especially on a quiet day, so I turned to my trusty sketchbook. I was on the ground floor at FAB3 looking out through large Victorian windows across the small street at the back of the Roman baths and I used the windows to frame sketches of passers-by. I only had a very few seconds to get some lines on the paper and then I had to use my memory for the rest. Very demanding but good practice. I feel strongly that we artists should practice our craft, like singers practice their scales every day.

FAB is on for another week, until June the 9th and the show my work is in, with the Twelve:34 group from Swansea, is on the top floor of FAB3 at 3 York Street, immediately behind the Roman baths. If you’re passing, please pop in 🙂

It’s FAB

30 May

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I’m in Bath, invigilating an exhibition that I have some work in. It’s the 12:34 group show at FAB 3 in York Street, part of Fringe Arts Bath. I took a small easel and drawing materials to draw to pass the time. I don’t like drawing buildings, inside or out, but there wasn’t much else to do. I’ve been looking out of the window onto the Georgian rooftops of the baths, amazing architecture.It’s a good exercise in drawing what you actually see, rather than what you think you see. Common sense suggests that the white gallery walls are lighter than the view outside the window, but squinting my eyes showed that the opposite is true. I used black and white conte crayons, a traditional dip pen with Indian ink and some Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens onto a piece of recycled Bockingford paper, about size A3.

That’s one of my maniere noire drawings on the wall and I’ve included it in the drawing.

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