Monday, 20 February 2012

 As yet untitled and almost finished but the sanding is taking an age. I usually want a rich texture but this is small - only 12"/30cm so the clarity of the drawing is important.
 This one has been cut and the parts have been splayed out and held in place by sections of metal - I asked  the lovely Andy to make them a couple of weeks ago. This is finished but as yet unnamed. It was a fabulous early spring day so I was able to work outside, a wee bit parky but having fun with both.  

Thursday, 16 February 2012


There are some people out there who seem to be successful with, it seems, every application. Some of us take forever just to get the images and statement together. It seems that every gallery/residency/symposium want just an ever so slightly different format. There isn't a one size fits all statement but it would be nice to be able to modify it rather than rewrite from scratch with each one. Don't get me started on the images !!! Different sizes, labelling, formats.... However, it has to be done and actually saying something about your own work does create a more concrete experience and understanding about it. Now back to the applications....

Sunday, 5 February 2012

lots of cold and bits

Well the snow looks fab but I decided that braving the roads or the tube would be folly. A Sunday at home spent working on a portrait head and a small wax for the foundry would be more worthwhile. The head is coming on well and I am pleased, the profile has improved and I am starting to put in the hair. It does seem slow after the very speedy start, now I am having to make tiny adjustments which in themselves don't appear significant but add up to a better likeness. The wax is good one minute and then all apart the next, I am sure its getting better but I am not over optimistic. Meanwhile I am also painting away at the metal that lovely Andy made and no he didn't laugh at the peculiar shapes I asked him to make. I plan to deliver this sculpture on Tuesday. In the studio I am finally gluing up the clay pieces with acrylic rod, 1 piece at a time so it is slow progress, again, but on its way. Betsy the dog has the studio heaters, with it being this cold I don't think paint has dried but rather just has frozen solid, rather like my feet were when I was there on Friday.