Thursday, November 22, 2012

ArtPlantae - A Conversation on Botanical Art

                                                       Red Butterhead Lettuce
                                                       image size 1:1
                                                       watercolour paper
                                                       private collection

During the month of December, I will be having a conversation with the wonderful and informative site ArtPlantae as their featured artist.

And, many thanks to Feathers and Elizabeth for asking their questions on this blog and to the 12 other Botanical Artists who directed their questions via my website during the Q&A week.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Precision Drawings - Monochrome

Coral Guest  
Precision Drawings in Monochrome

water colour, graphite, and carbon on paper







Drawing Every Day

                                   Sketch Book Page 1st November 2012

A sketch book can be the first point at which the inner life experience of the artist hits the surface of the outer world. A sketch book manifests the beginnings of a presence from which further artworks can evolve. Carried in a pocket, a small sketch book of blank pages will wait to absorb observations and concepts as it bccomes a nucleus for the development of ongoing creativity.

Monday, April 30, 2012

In the Essence of the Moment

Dessert Apple
Malus 'Ribston Pippin'
watercolour on paper
Coral Guest
private collection

The process of sketching - the artistic response to the plant in the essential moment as a living breathing now of life, the universe, and everything - releases a kind of magic. The observed and my self as the observer have no separation. Technical ability is over shadowed and leaving a record of the experience becomes the purpose of the work. Here is the infusion of particles into the image, which hold within them the frequency of the time.

So dear reader, if you are pondering on taking up the art of sketching, what are you waiting for? Never mind the outcome, simply trust in the doing of the work and enjoy it.