Why I love wood

stick drawingThere are many reasons why I love wood, but right now it’s just for the pure pleasure of drawing it. And the fact that I’m using carbonised wood, taped onto dead wood to draw living wood on a surface made of pulped wood – what versatile stuff!

I’m hoping this newest drawing will be ready for my upcoming show ‘Damaged woods’ which opens on the 5th October.  It’s an ambitious one, being much bigger than I’ve attempted before, but I’m optimistic it’ll be finished in time – you’ll just need to come to art’s complex to see if I’ve managed it.

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Crichton giant

big drawing in the studioWith two shows on the horizon I’m busy putting in the hours and the studio is filling up nicely with work.  I have four charcoal drawings going to Open Glass Doors this weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing the whole exhibition at the end of September.

Then my solo show ‘Damaged woods’ opens at Art’s Complex on 5th October, which will feature more charcoals, pastels and this really big drawing I completed today.  I first discovered this tree in January of this year, very shortly after it had lost one of its limbs in high winds.  It was so striking that I’ve been back four times to draw and photograph it – I think there’s a whole series here.

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A blank sheet

blank sheetsAs the Art’s Complex Summer Show comes to an end, so the work begins to get ready for my second solo show coming up in October.  Entitled ‘Damaged woods’, the exhibition will explore the way trees respond to damage and disease and how their forms record it in three dimensions.  All the research and field studies were done in the early spring and now it’s time to face the blank sheets and start drawing!

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