The other night I thought I would lay out all the drawings I have made for the #allthesmallthings exhibition. The floor was covered from corner to corner. I am rather impressed with the number of drawings I have created in spaces where I thought I did not have time to draw. It is interesting to me to see how much my style has changed and developed in just a few short months. In August I was asked to draw people for the DECIEM launch event in Edinburgh. I was like ‘People?! You want me to draw people? Have you seen my artwork? I do NOT do people. Or animals. Buildings yes, but nothing on two or four legs thanks very much.’ So then I started drawing my friends and family and my obsession with drawing people caught in-between moments grew from there.
There is certainly a style growing from this challenge and I’m so glad I can use materials on the hoof. I think of those artists with massive studio spaces and hours to be in those spaces. One day I shall have that but for now I will embrace my parameters and see what great things I can make from here.
As for the COMPETITION part of the title, I have a little competition on the go. It’s easy to play along. All you have to do is Follow this blog or Follow me on Twitter or Instagram and tag in a friend. What do you get for this small yet big action? On January 31st I will choose two names from a hat and will draw a photo of you/your family/your favourite building/your best holiday snap/your favourite cafe/your prized shop dog in my style.
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I could go on and on about how a decade has ended and a new one has begun. Really, though, a new decade follows an old one every year. 2019 looked back on its own decade from 2009 and 2018 reminisced about all of its days from 2008. It is exciting to look back at all the fun, cool stuff you saw and did in a nice chunk of time and I have to say, my ten year time lapse has been incredible. As with many others, I have seen so much change within the lens of my own life that I could not have even guessed at most of this that has come to pass.
To say I have hit the ground running would be accurate for this new batch of months. I have booked an exhibition space at Bloc Gallery and have been working on sketches towards artworks to be completed for the show. The initial idea was to create hundreds of sketches then choose a few to work into paintings. I have realised, however, that my life is not parceled up into nice, long blocks of time where I can concentrate fully for hours or days, if needed. That is so far from my life. I long for that, but that is not how it is right now. So, I will work with what I have. I will choose to not feel restricted by it but will instead embrace the 20 or 30 minutes I have and do what I can in that time. What I have found out is that what I can do is quite small. Literally. This is one reason why I have chosen the title ‘allthesmallthings’ for my show. It is about capturing those moments in-between. Those small spaces of time. I have chosen my materials also based on this theme.
There is a lot more I could say about my 2020 plans however they are on a very different topic. So until then…I hope you enjoy the gift that is this time of year. It’s nice/agonising/painful/uplifting to reflect on what has passed. Let us now look forward and do something great with the time we have together on this spinning blue and green ball we call Earth.