The show opens on 21st May at the Rabley Drawing Centre.
This year's Show will offer sketch books by many diverse artists working with a vast range of philosophies and media, whose interpretation of the sketchbook, and of drawing itself, is as contrasting as it is varied and includes an intriguing Italian travel sketch book by Anne Desmet RA.
As a passionate young artist, very keen on sketch book drawing in the field, I longed to see Turner's Colour Beginnings and Pencil Studies. Eventually - in 1987 soon after the opening of the Study Room in the Clore Gallery at Tate Britain - I was granted permission to view and research Turner's sketch books.
This study room was then a well kept secret, an empty place, occupied only by the occasional academic and the faithful army of Turner archivists. At the time, visiting this room was considered a very old fashioned and eccentric thing for a contemporary artist to do in the age of Conceptualism.
And now, as drawing has at last taken centre stage and Turner is everywhere recognised as a timeless national treasure, the Study Room at the Clore Gallery has become the Prints and Drawings Room for the whole of Tate Britain, housing not only Turner's sketches but also contemporary works on paper by international artists.
It's been a while since I have entered a work for an open exhibition. I was selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition in 1995, and have always worked privately and quietly on the drawing work since then.
Here is a glimpse of my selected sketchbook entitled Iceland - Light into Dark.
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Beneath the waterfall - Seljalandsfoss SE Iceland
32 x 42 cms
watercolour, chalk, and graphite on paper