Flower of Life – Lightbox

Back from the Signal Gallery’s private view showing Dan Baldwin’s work – Stunning new canvas piece ‘Cyclone’.
Thought I’d publish the image of the first large scale backlit drawing ‘Flower of Life’.  The final piece will be housed in a large lightbox (yet to be designed and built)

Flower of life..

Wasn’t aware of this geometrical design until today – going to use it as the starting point for 2 new pieces 1 small and one large quadrant piece to work alongside closer.

I have photographed this piece with the inks still wet, this is exactly the effect that I am achieving working with Harwood King using varnish layers on the prints.. it helps to give a real vibrancy to the colour.

Closer

Finished work on the 1 metre square piece Closer, was a challenge working both in a quadrant format and also at that scale in pen ink and of course tea.
Closer illustrates our connection to nature as a two way relationship, our dependency and our appreciation

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Sacred Nature

New piece of work exploring our relationship with nature growing organically but constructed around geometrical forms.  Following an accident with a large cup of tea and a plan chest full of drawings!!  Spilling tea on the page is a large part of my work at the moment but this mornings accident very nearly wiped out all of my recent pieces – Transferring to the portfolio now.

Recent Work – Available from Eyestorm

Thistle
Ink Tea and Graphite on paper – Available Now online from Eyestorm.  2011

Nettle
Ink Tea and Graphite on paper – Available Now online from Eyestorm.  2011

Rose – Finished Piece from the Harvest

Decided not to work too much into this, there was enough rose leaf and enough suggestion of the overall form to leave the outer pencil marks to describe the shape.  Again this piece is drawn from a reference image and has marked a departure from the automatic process, the leaves and foliage are all drawn from memory / free although I have been making studies inbetween large pieces.

This piece is worked in brown havana ink with blue waterman ink, tea and water on stretched bockingford watercolour paper.Rose - finished image

New lightbox piece

Tried a new technique today to allow more light to bleed through the watercolour paper – enabling me to select more transparent areas and describe light shapes – decided to make this ‘bulb’ light box – MOTHS – which appear as the bulb is switched on.

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New work from the Antigonish Series

Taking inspiration from the well-known poem by Hughes Mearns

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

A series based on our curiosities.. Victoriana – the unseen, secrecy and  obsession.

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Venue for arts trail

I have been fortunate enough to secure the Luna Lounge venue for the Arts trail in Leytonstone which has distinct advantages for the lightbox work I am now producing – Firstly there are 3 or 4 large scale lightboxes already installed on the walls of the Luna Lounge which I can slip work into and secondly the lighting is perfect for seeing through the postcard boxes.  I have now constructed 3 new lightboxes to house the postcard project and am embarking on a series of work exploring the theme of secrecy and the unseen which will use a similar format.    Below are sample images of the three boxes in daylight and with the internal lights switched on to show through the postmarks and wording on the reverse – these boxes are currently for sale at £100.00 each contact art@100sqft.co.uk