North Yorkshire Artist
PAINTING | DRAWING | PRINTMAKING
Drawings in charcoal; What a forgiving medium! It really lends itself to quick expression and the happy accident. A wipe of the hand gives the opportunity to start afresh, but the previous struggle is not lost. The smudges and obscured marks remain; How much more suggestive than the blank page!
Paintings and prints. Trying to retain a looseness and immediacy. I don't have the stamina for the tightly planned and executed production; Hard labour with a steady hand does not suit me. I would rather be sat with a cup of tea, meditating on where that magical splash of paint needs to go to transform the piece, than a slave to some 'filling in' process.
Printmaking and immediacy do not often go hand in hand. But then again, you can always embrace the monoprint and let the ink fly!
Use of fingers and the hard end of a paintbrush is obligatory.
Dry point also becomes more of an exploration than a setting out of initial intention.
As with the sweep of charcoal, burnishing and scraping away the drypoint, leaves just enough, to hint at the ground work that has gone before.