I made this piece just in time for my exhibition back in March. It proved to be a challenge getting it there in one piece. It didn’t sell but that’s meant I’ve had a chance to get to know it better. The good thing about living with an artwork is you get to see it in a different light, or even better, different lights.
‘Life Lines’ – 2017 – drawing on paper
This is a follow up drawing to the one in my previous post, ‘Mind Map 57’. In that piece I drew around my hand as I worked down the page. In younger days I visited the Pech Merle caves in France and I was struck with a feeling of connection I had to the sprayed pigment impression of a hand. Making hand prints is a simple act. Children’s hand-prints are often a cherished memento of their early life. So I included it in the first drawing. When I finished the first drawing I decided to do another drawing less aimed at creating an overall textured surface made up of intricate drawing and use a large recognisable shape. I chose to do a large drawing of my hand. My eldest daughter Nellie has almost identical lines on her palm as me which I found pleasing too. I wanted to have a ground tone/colour to draw on so I stained the paper with tea. I have included a couple of images of the drawing in progress as they have an interesting quality of their own.
Janus – 2017 – I started with charcoal and paint on a 3′ x 4′ board. Then I used photo effects on the photograph of it, and the finished piece is a print that can be any size up to A2. The useful part about this process is being able to draw on a large scale. Useful as I have a visual impairment that makes it very difficult to work on a smaller scale. I still have lots of good vision but my sight problem can not be corrected by lenses. In fact there is no treatment. On a positive note, the condition wont worsen to any significant degree in the future. So I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.