05 July 2016

Drawing life



Some recent works exploring the use of line on ceramics.



Using underglaze and the right dilution (trial and error) to achieve flow, rhythm, contrasts of transparency and solidity with the overall aim (flying by the seat of my pants) of creating an image that works.



Mind you it's not about achieving perfection. Mistakes and awkwardness can lend an air of spontaneity and surprise. 



The drawings themselves are reminders of freedom and playfulness, at-oneness with the natural world, dreaming and desire for exploration and expression. 




Luckily, I think, art offers all those aspects in abundance!




10 December 2015

Going home






I am
sitting at the custom-made, hand-delivered wooden table
on the verandah overlooking the rice field
listening to distant rumbling thunder
an electric saw and roosters
otherwise it's quiet
muggy and heavy before rain
the ducks have gone home for the day






reflecting on where my feet have been
i've done much walking and exploring and spent many days working (weeks and months)
driven by that inexplicable creative urge
inspired by the world around and within
I am
happy to be going home with drawing books full of ideas




















30 September 2015

A lull in the proceedings




  1. Lull ...

    a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.
    "for two days there had been a lull in the fighting"
    synonyms:pauserespiteintervalbreakhiatussuspensioncessationinterludeintermissionbreathing spacemoratoriumlacuna



 
sleeping woman [after Matisse]




  1. What a lovely word - lull! It's a perfect choice for describing how things are at the moment. I feel like sleeping ... shutting down ... pausing the proceedings. And so it might appear that not much is happening. Actually though, there's a lot going on since touching home base [temporarily]. Planning things, looking through the accumulation of drawings, revisiting ideas, reflecting, pondering.




  



  1. Images from the little black travelling drawing book



    Where to next ...?





    Coming up ... Artists' Open House Fremantle [November 13-15] and Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar [December 4-6] 


    Abstract painting

    Hope to see you there!



02 September 2015

Communing with birds





My latest focus is making work for an exhibition in Perth in November. A new project called Artists Open House Fremantle, in it's second year and I'm proud and delighted to say I've been asked to join! Here are a few images of what will be shown.





Birds, ducks, spotty two-legged ambiguous-looking creatures ... call them what you will but I love painting them! As you may be aware, I'm rather taken by birds, especially since both the ducks and the tiny squeaky birds that hover over the rice fields and I have been close neighbours for the past 6 months






Floating figures who commune with birds ... Bali is such an enchanting, dream-like place, it's no real surprise to find the images reflecting a reality which seems to hover just a few degrees above the everyday in some way. 




And spots ... well they remain in the repertoire because they are whimsical and happy things!






15 August 2015

Staying grounded and taking flight





 

the studio table



I recently spent six days alone in my little villa in the rice fields, getting on with things in the outdoor studio and not once being aware of a lonely sense of aloneness. Following a routine, the pleasure of which lay in being able to follow it without having to stop and do other things ... a delightful experience which I will try to recreate every now and then. I recommend it!




 

the ducks have returned!




While being alone, I noticed that you are never actually really alone. Here the roosters begin crowing at 3.00am, the tiny birds begin at dawn, making a sound like a child's squeezy toy, the farmer walks through the rice fields growling at the birds to scare them away, cats and dogs wander by, the sounds of quacking ducks, jazz music, bass drums and motor bikes waft in from a distance.
























'Me and my shadow friend' 
[carbon paper print]


I spent the days playing around and experimenting with materials and techniques - clay, paper mache, drawing with carbon paper, weaving with scraps. Alternately making a mess, making mistakes and creating some order



 notebooks [recycled paper]








 
















papier mache bowls




















'Things fall apart...'























bird cups





At the end of the day [or week in this case], it's the pleasure of seeing things come together ... the result of a happy blend of time, place, feeling grounded and ideas taking flight.


22 July 2015

Ceramics go-slow


If you don't mind low-key then you won't mind today's offering:
A glimpse, an update, a behind-the-scenes view of an ever-so-slow process. When travelling, it's best to leave behind your concepts of time. Albert Einstein I think I am beginning to understand you.






 Bird cup and spot saucer






Two birds on a spotted plate







Removing the glaze from the base






 Checking the base is free from glaze





Waxing the base





The Yves Klein blue kiln 









15 June 2015

Paper play





Idle moments, casting about, contemplating reusing and remaking



books





cup and saucer





bowls


Cardboard, paper, glue and a brush. 
And a bit of sunshine for drying
What could be more simple!