Yesterday I caught up with Keith Paton. Talking with Keith is always such a wonderful experience. He has so many great ideas about his work, supporting other artists and has even helped me set up my website. Here we talk about what happened in Bloc Gallery right before life on Earth completely changed (aliens might as well land now, such is the extent of the weirdness).
This is also part of the Girl Interrupting Series. Stay tuned and find out more…
The forecast looks like rain for Wednesday. Staring into my weather app with hope for many more sunny days and finding rain on the horizon is always a disappointing sight. This week it is even more disappointing as usual.
Over the past couple of weeks we have watched the Leamington Terrace Hopscotch Game grow by leaps and bounds (oh please laugh at that! It was a good one – yes?). We have added our own squares, aiding my six year old to add numbers following 1378. We have seen the chalk bucket travel up the road and down again and more than once I have been astonished to find that no one has lifted it. Well, either that or some very conscientious people are replenishing the chalk supply.
This is certainly a weird, terrible and wonderful time in which we are living. What else have we noticed? We have noticed neighbours sharing their superfluous garden plants, bread being baked and shared, a smile and a nod as someone chooses to walk in the street so you and your small child can have the pavement. We have noticed children safely learning to cycle in the street (mine included) and kindness parading itself around like it was here all along but maybe we were too busy to see it or too busy to give it.
As for my bit, I am gifting everyone on my street a small print of the drawing I created. The day was sunny, the game was on. I hope we can look back on this time and remember it as a splash of sunshine in a climate of uncertainty and change.
Here is the news article about our wonderful street.
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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