General

Jetsam

I had planned to teach life drawing at Mother Studios, but the studio air turned out to be particularly stagnant, and I had to cancel; asphyxiating others was not an objective. I am leaving Mother and returning to Highgate. New classes will be starting in September in Highgate and central London. I was thinking of […]

Inspiration, Observations

Natural animation

I find myself caught up again in the dilemma of making artefacts for which we praise or disparage ourselves, and nature, nearing crisis point and more important than ever. How can an artist contribute to nature – this has been an age-old dilemma. I found that actually being inside the place one wanted to draw […]

Meat without Salt - King Lear
Observations

Meat without salt

‘Why, I love you as much as meat loves salt,’ said the King’s daughter. And he banished her in a rage. It was not until some time later he was dining at a friend’s castle where he was served saltless meat, that the King dissolved into tears. By then his daughter was a maid working […]

Abstraction
Observations

The Revolution of Abstraction

Art, science and spirituality, anciently one entity, seem to be making a convergence in these disparate times. The revolution of abstraction that was experienced in art by the likes of Mondrian was mirrored by quantum physics in science. The ‘established law’ of reality was turned on its head not only by art and spirituality, but […]

Inspiration

Artistic Intention

I am still finishing my pigs. Someone referred to animal farm, but it was not meant in that way. One needs to take the reigns at some stage. Compositionally the pig’s head works to the far left of the table, but it is then situated before the blue gowned pig, which would inevitably be read […]

Observations

After Delaroche

From Delaroche’s Execution of Lady Jane Grey, the women evolved into lap dancers. When I drew these (3 Dancers after Delaroche) ten or so years ago, many dancers who were interviewed described experiencing power through the attention they received from men. In Living Dolls, Natasha Walters wrote lucidly of how young girls are groomed by […]

Inspiration

Moving art

In cafes, in the streets. In all fairness. As a city dweller, I recognized the ideas of Unanimism conveyed in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Woolf wrote of the ‘Life of Anybody’, the stream of consciousness not confined to one, but synonymous. The interconnection of characters and consciousness evinces sacred avowals of oneness. Such ideas ran […]

Style

Toons

I am making new drawings. The man I drew looked like Judge Doom, once a Toon, now out to kill all Toons. (Rather like Hitler, if it’s true he was Jewish). I tried to remember the story, and it mixed with other tales; maybe Judge Doom, like any wicked witch or wizard, had cursed all […]

Observations

Here’s the rub

The rate and magnitude of nature’s destruction must shift purposes and bearing. I am struggling to find value in objects, when thousands are starving because of drought, or murdered for defending their land, and our beautiful natural world is being ransacked and destroyed at an ever accelerated pace. And yet it seems art is intrinsic […]

Observations

Free to imagine

I wanted to get back into drawing real people. I could exchange snatches of newspapers and conversations for whistle stop sightings. So I drew in stations and at hospital waiting rooms. When I drew the groups of people who stood, and waited, and moved on, at London Bridge Station, out of the scribbles came a […]