Now all I have to do is let it dry overnight, brush the surplus off in the morning, and see what I have got. My first time: god was I nervous!
Phew! Sweating away here in the studio. It is so hot today that everything is working double quick. The glue I am using to seal the chalk is drying in […]
I dropped in on Dr. Nick Thorpe in the Archaeology Department of the University of Winchester the other day. We talked all around how chalk appears from our past: artefacts, the […]
A visit to the chalk quarry yesterday, in the blazing sunshine, which made it very difficult to see anything thanks to chalk’s high albedo. The quarry was a flash of […]
If there is something of a celeb in the coccolithophore world, then it seems to be Ehux (Emiliania huxleyi), the one named after Henry Thomas Huxley. The coccoliths that make up […]
Tom Jeffreys has kindly included ‘Forgetful Worlds’ as one of the highlights of the Clean Unclean season on the online journal The Learned Pig. It has been a fascinating collection of works, […]
Early sketches for a film based on the wonderful prose-poem that Eleanor Holliday created as part of the work I made for the Cotswold Waterpark residency, A Space for the Bittern. It is […]
Last one this week: here is the beginning of the 4th chalk drawing in the series. I am looking at including gold leaf (that a small square of the stuff to the […]
Ah, the chance to revise, what a double-edge chalk. One advantage/disadvantage (circle correct word) of working on a series of drawings is that you can go back and modify an earlier attempt in the […]
Some days, the only thing that makes sense is to draw. The rest of the world is too complicated. I am getting into this series of drawings now: working on No.3 […]
It is the Stroud Open Studios this and next weekend – do come! Eighty two artists will be showing their work, and in the case of Stroud a studio can be anything […]
All the life drawing classes I have attended in the past (models of various sizes in various poses, the odd mix of people behind the easels), making a painting of a mackerel for […]
Today, in the studio, working on ideas for three chalk boulders, each incised with a golden parabola.
The Library Digester (seen here in its travelling case) is a structure designed to disrupt library shelves, the clear acrylic ‘books’ (with the imprint of a tree branch within) slotting […]
So, the maquette for ‘Passager’ has arrived. This small 3D-printed model will give me a better sense of how the final sculpture might look. As always, it is both exciting […]
The maquette for ‘Passager’ has been printed by Shapeways and is on its way to the studio. I’m really looking forward to seeing it finally, after all the scanning (by […]