A highly colourful portrait of Dad - about 1983. Probably when I was at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Beckett University, I see.) Dad was very tolerant, but grew his beard around this time. Probably nothing to do with my ruthless portrayals.
The life model at Chelsea School of Art, 1983/4. Can't remember this striking-looking girl's name. I like the vigorous mark-making on the hair. Maybe because I didn't know her, I felt less constrained.
An early life-drawing from Leeds Poly - probably 1981. Beginning to realise that I had a facility. Didn't know what to do with it though.
A drawing from around 1999, when I was still the artist-in-residence at MMU Didsbury, in the Printmaking department.
This one is from Coombes Rocks last Sunday... 27th July and some from last Autumn, Spring, last year. What a magnificent place - great, sculptural forms, stark shadow shapes, brutal masses.The changing light making concave into convex - you have to work fast. The wind blasts in from the West, from the Irish Sea, across the Cheshire Plain and batters this first high ridge at the edge of the Peaks. Apart from the last two, these are all from sketchbooks.
Visit to Centre for Chinese Cultural Arts with kids from school - curating their upcoming exhibition, inspired by the Stanley Chow 'Takeaway' exhibition, which is on until June 22nd. Fab stuff.
Took a 5 minute walk around the block from the CFCCA, in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. It was like Porto - warm sun, people drinking coffee pavement side, old and new buildings side by side. Cool.
Weekend in Ludlow - friends' beautiful communal garden.
Jazz on a summer's day, by the river, in Ludlow.
Book bought on Ludlow market. Never know when you need to know these things.
These wall displays are interesting to do. I try to make them eye-catching, informative, attractive & educational.
An Art Timeline - pre-history to 'the present'.
A kind of mind map of Art skills and techniques for Art teachers to use with Year 7 students.
Did this 'what use is studying English?' display about 4 years ago. It's still on the wall.
A 'Well-Dressing'. A Derbyshire custom - an annual procession, culminating in the placing of decorated panels next to wells. The school has created one every year for several years, except, I think, last year. I did this one with Art club kids. One Year 11 lad kindly brought me his fag packets to use in the middle bit. It's called 'Bring Back the Green' & is made almost entirely of re-cycled materials.
( I wish I knew how to put the images side by side. Blogger is very frustrating!). This display explains the ideas behind and the work produced during a Printmaking Workshop day I did 2 years ago with 'Gifted and Talented' Year 7s. I photographed them all, using 'horror movie' style lighting. We then looked at the work of early 20th century Expressionist printmakers & I showed e.g.s of how horror films have been influenced by their imagery, even up to the present day. They then created their own 'Horror Movie Poster', using the photograph of their own face. They learnt about the technique of Relief printmaking - cutting lines and shapes into a surface and how to ink it up and print their image. I was really delighted with what these 11 and 12 year olds produced - some very sophisticated images, showing their strong grasp of the process and the use of stark black & white shapes and lettering to create dramatic designs
Doing various things - Starman, writing, other ideas. Garden, house. Time with family & friends. Need more hours in the day. Landscapes Some black & white landscapes. Mainly because it's time to post something. Three are of Coombes Quarry, a spectacular place - a view West,right across the Cheshire Plain to the Irish Sea. Great to draw. The last one is near Doctor's Gate above Old Glossop.
I found this in an ancient sketchbook of mine. I've never been any good at drawing buildings, so it's very rough! But it's a historical sketch from around 1984, of The Blackie, a well-known building in Liverpool, just at the edge of Chinatown.The sketch captures it as it used to be, i.e. black. Why did they clean it? It's not the Blackie now.