Friday, September 27, 2013

Drawing on Painted Paper

Last night, after several weeks away due to work, holidays and junk, I returned to life drawing at the Shed. On a previous night I'd noticed another member of the group using paper that appeared to have been prepared with a coloured wash and I decided to try it out. I took two sheets of fairly lightweight sketchpaper (110gsm cartridge) and painted them with a light wash of black acrylic paint. The paper is seriously prone to buckling but I found if you work quickly and evenly right out to the edges, the paper expands uniformly without too many wrinkles.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fiji 2013

This week I have been lazing by the pool in Fiji. A Family holiday that was over too quickly. I took my sketchbook and made some drawings but to tell the truth, we were too busy eating, drinking, swimming, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling...... to spend time drawing.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Life Preserver - Concrete Casts

The purely plaster mould for my concrete life preservers is holding up incredibly well. I have cast five rings at the time of typing this post, using several different concrete mixes. The nature of the mould requires me to stuff the concrete in through two small holes so it's a slow process and the copies aren't perfect. But in this material I think spalling and other irregualrities add to the character of the piece.
I am so pleased with the way these have turned out and the success of the mould, I'm thinking now to build a dedicated plinth incorporating a shallow pond so I can show these as an installation in a submerged setting. Today we visited my Brother In-law Andrew and his wife Mardi who helped me photograph these pieces in the creek that runs through their property. They are both wonderful people and dedicated practitioners in their chosen fields. Though you can only see a glimpse of it here, the peaceful beauty of their surroundings reflects the peace and beaty they seek in themselves. Check them out at,

Monday, September 2, 2013

Split Pig

I finished this piece over the weekend, the "Split Pig". I had been thinking of sculpting a full pig out of polymer clay (sculpey) and as I contemplated the manufacturing process I struck on this idea. I'd been watching Karl split clay busts and hollow them out prior to firing and it reminded me of Damien Hirst's anatomy instructionals. And of you course you can't think of Damien's work without reference to the largess of high powered art collecting. Which is a fine example of why I'm making pigs in the first place. So mine is filled with precious stones, the plastic stitch on kind, I can't afford real diamonds. I had considered encasing it in a clear plastic box or even embedding it in resin but I wasn't sure I understood the process well enough to achieve the results I was after and I am very happy with the clarity allowed by simply mounting the piece on a wooden block.