The Red Brick House

This post is about staying open to possibility. This work began with drawing shapes and I had no idea where it would lead. I was quite happy drawing shapes interested in the different ways they could relate to each other on the page but then…….. something happened and they started to become active and animate…

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Mistakes and Misfits

Its all about difference and how we pass judgement. I have started to draw creatures which are not so popular and have things that are different in some way and we do not immediately understand so we get afraid and dismiss them. They are masters in there own universe, weaving, climbing, singing, dancing, building, swimming,…

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Kill your Work with a Rubber!

You can kill your work with a rubber. Initially when I wrote this statement I was thinking about how it is often the unexpected marks and ‘mistakes’ which add interest to the work. It helps us see an artists process, not just a perfected final piece of work. Then I realized the rubber actually does…

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Drawing is enough

I used to think that my drawings were preparation for something else- something more meaningful, better quality, ‘real art’. Now when I look back at past work the drawings are the things I value the most. I dont need to change or improve them. The simple act of drawing is enough.

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Why draw?

Drawing helps me to make sense of my thoughts. It might not mean the same to anyone else but it makes sense to me. Other people can make there own interpretation. I love that about art. We can all look at the same image or read the same novel and everyone takes away their own…

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Strange Worlds

Imagination is a wonderful thing. It allows me to remove the boundaries of how things should be. In fact one of reasons for art and stories is to nudge us into new perspectives. Things dont have to be this way. Experimenting with scale and colour allows me to create new images and uncover different narratives.

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Imagine

Imagination Definition- (Merriam Webster Dictionary) The ability to imagine things that are not real: the ability to form a picture in your mind of something you have not seen or experienced.   Using your imagination is a really good way to solve creative problems. For some reason all the work I do has some kind…

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Paws before you draw

It really helps to take some time to centre yourself before you start drawing. I like to get all my materials ready to go before beginning- then sit for 10 seconds aware of my breathing. This helps me to focus and gain clarity so that I can concentrate on the drawing. Then I begin….

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Good or Bad?

This is really impossible to answer as every drawing is literally unique. The drawer conveys a unique set of influences and skills and their own personal perception of the world. In the case of this drawing the very long scribble turned into a tail which then joined onto a mouse. How often to people say…

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Whats in a scribble?

This drawing began as a scribble which in my imagination turned into a very long tail. Whoever this tail belongs to they certainly have something very unique. Drawing is a very good way of celebrating differences as everyone has there own particular way of drawing, a bit like handwriting. You can ask any number of…

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