Thursday, 22 September 2016

glowering sky, Sand o' Wright

"glowering sky, Sand o' Wright"
size: 40 x 66cm (62 x 88cm framed)
charcoal and chalk pastel on paper

across Deer Sound, Deerness

"Across Deer Sound, Deerness"
 size: 36 x 57cm (57.5 x 78.5cm framed)
oil monotype and chalk pastel on paper


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

finally finished: tracing waves

Fresh off the loom.

"tracing waves"
size: 50 x 163cm 
woven tapestry - cotton, linen, rayon and wool


Sewing tape onto the back of the tapestry to hem the edges.

Hanging on the wall


More detail photos and in progress shots can be found here and here.
Studies can be found here.

Friday, 8 July 2016

in progress #2

I'm finally over half way across my tapestry. Progress has been sporadic as I've had to keep stopping to work on other things. However I put in a solid effort last week and managed to move it along a fair amount. It has even grown considerably since I took these photograhs a couple of days ago. Fingers crossed it should be completed within the next month.

My first tapestry update can be found here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Bay of Skaill

A midsummer evening at the Bay of Skaill.
size: 22  x 14.5cm (37.5 x 30cm framed)
chalk pastel on paper


Friday, 17 June 2016

rough sea, Birsay

'rough sea, Birsay'
22 x 29.5cm box framed
oil on board

Birsay breakers

"Birsay breakers"
 size 32.5 x 82cm (53.5 x 103.5cm framed)
chalk pastel on paper


Saturday, 11 June 2016

reflections, Houton Bay

"reflections, Houton Bay"
size: 34.5 x 57cm (56 x 78.5cm framed)
chalk and ink on paper


Thursday, 9 June 2016

new small paintings: Orphir shorelines

19 x 24cm box framed
oil on board

approx. 16cm square, box framed
oil on card

Thursday, 26 May 2016

in progress

I'm nearly a third of the way up my tapestry. It's being woven on its side and the finished size will be approx. 2ft x 5ft. The more I do the more interesting it looks.... and the more complicated it gets!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

new drawings

I took a break from weaving this week to work on two new drawings. The biggest one, "Houton shore" was a huge brute to frame but I'm really pleased with the finished result. A sky and wave theme is emerging in the wall arrangement.

"Houton shore"
58 x 83cm (82 x 106cm framed)
chalk and ink on paper

"Looking north, Birsay"
38 x 64cm (62 x 88cm framed)
chalk on paper

Monday, 16 May 2016

wave palette and linear studies

Not so much a new direction, more like a return to my roots. I grew up doing a lot of tapestry, hardly surprising considering my mum is a weaver, but once I went to university I specialised in drawing and painting.

This year I decided to return to tapestry, after a 10 year sabbatical, as I have been struggling to resolve particular ideas and drawings through my usual approaches. These three, small pieces are like sketches for my final, larger piece which I started working on last month. This has helped me to brush up on my tapestry skills and sample colours. I'll post an update of the new piece in progress later in the week - it's starting to look exciting.

top: "linear study II", size approx. 10 x 23cm *sold*
bottom left: "linear study I", size approx. 10cm square *sold*
bottom right: "wave palette", size approx. 10cm square *sold*

Thursday, 17 March 2016