Sand O' Wright beach in Hoxa, 07/02/18, on a biting cold afternoon.
Last week I was invited to be a guest judge for the Orkney Camera Club. I've judged for them before a few years ago and yet again I found it really interesting to see how differently everybody interpreted the brief. Judging forced me to activate the analytical, art critic part of my brain, an area which feels out of practice since leaving art school (a somewhat shocking) 8 years ago this year.
Whilst looking at all their images I realised that I hardly take photographs anymore, certainly not with a creative slant. Mostly I use photography to assist my memory and sketches in order to create art work. I rarely take photographs just for the sake of taking them. Consequently this means I've largely forgotten how to use my camera beyond the basic Auto settings and my manual cameras haven't been touched for a couple of years.
I'd like to change this. A little shake up is good for creativity and if nothing else it will be fun.
It's also good to take some time out to doodle with no purpose or expectations. I always find pebbles lend themselves beautifully to fun, little studies or experimentations in mark making. Something may develop
from it, but it's ok if it doesn't. It's just good to draw.
size: approx 60 x 80cm framed (I can't remember exactly, sorry!)
acrylic ink and chalk pastel on paper
Here's a large drawing I produced back in June. I see I completely forgot to upload it here during the summer.
Apologies for the radio silence. It has
been a difficult year, for a variety of personal reasons,
and although I kept day to day things running at the gallery throughout
the summer, producing new artwork eventually fell by the wayside. There
are only so many things one can keep on top of without completely burning out.
Now that the gallery has closed for the winter season and I've had a small rest, I'm back in the studio working away on new things. My space has been reorganised (always necessary for a fresh
start) and I already have three new pieces nearly ready to share. I also have a new (and hopefully exciting!) creative development in the pipeline which I shall share in due course.