Wednesday, 29 May 2013

I'm going to delete this blog soon...

... so please make sure you aren't sitting on the stuffed alligator when I do. My new blog and website is a much better place anyway. No alligators were harmed in the making of it.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


I have moved my blog to Wordpress. I’ll be leaving this place around for a while, but hope you’ll join me in my swanky (well, swankier) virtual apartment. The view’s a little nicer but it won’t be the same without you.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Life Drawing Friday #5

My drawings were a bit rubbish this week. But I did collect these studies of hands from two 30 minute poses. I don't have much to say about them though.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

‘Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea’

No, this isn’t a stupendously disastrous piece of parking, it’s the summer art installation at the De La Warr Pavillion: a witty and refreshingly populist statement about life on the edge (and other things) by Richard Wilson, inspired by the film, The Italian Job. Hear the artist talk about it here (after an uninteresting advert for something or other). And yes, the bus really does teeter.

I think there are three basic approaches to reacting to art like this: 

 1) You can look at it carefully from all angles, then read the notice and try to respond in the way the artist and/or gallery suggests. 

2) You can stand back and enjoy the fun and spectacle of it all, and take from the experience what you will. Eavesdropping in on the reaction of others is sometimes the best part.

3) You can get sour-faced and grumpy, and give a little speech about how it’s ‘arty-farty’ and ‘a waste of money’. Don’t forget to start off with ‘I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like’, and finish with a borrowed allusion to the Emperor’s New Clothes. For the sake of completeness, you might like to write it up afterwards and send it to your local paper. They’ll love it!

But of course there are others. My son, Max – after staring up at the bus teetering above him – said, ‘Dad, can I throw stones at it?’
I said no, but that would have been fun too, and it's on a shingle beach afterall.
The Bus is there all summer. If you’re in the Bexhill area, it’s worth a detour. But please don't throw stones at it.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Life Drawing Friday #3

An interesting and challenging standing pose. Getting the centre of balance right is the key to capturing a pose like this. Typically, the foot that bears the most weight should be the one that is most directly beneath the base of the neck. It’s never that straightforward though.

20 mins. Graphite stick on cartridge paper. Some rubbings out.