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monoprint

This second mono print of a kitchen sink. I scratched into the ink on the plate and added chalk to create texture and the idea of water spraying.

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Automatic pastels

This is an experiment I tried for a week or so. Each morning I woke up and did 10 minutes relaxation / yoga, then did a pastel drawing. I took an. automatic drawing approach, having nothing particular in mind. The colours in the pastel box are pretty garish, Ill try again with some better ones.

I was inspired by the artist Hilma af Klint who created hundreds of abstract paintings. having seen an exhibition. She was a spiritualist and took her guidance from spirits, her paintings contain the ‘spirit of the world’ . She was also friends with Rudolph Steiner who I am interested in but definitely don’t agree with what he says and think he may have been quite controlling.The paintings are enormous, colours take gender roles and the palette is often orange, pink. words and letters are included. Below are the photos I took of her work at the exhibition.

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CMYK screen printing

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Shrine research

shrines are something I have always been interested in , I think when I was little I remember going to see some family in Italy, they had a shrine to dead relatives in the corner of the bedroom were sleeping in, at the time I thought it was a bit scary. I think I saw shrines on the mountain roads for the first time then too.

I like that they are something very home made often and can include unexpected domestic items.

these are from a book in the library , I need to check the name as Ive lost it.

Spanish and maltese shrines in the street behind glass

Probably the most exciting shrine I have ever seen in a mountain village in France. The shrine is made of clay which looks like it has been added in handfuls. It looked really ominous when I turned the corner of the church to see it.

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Energy

Drawing with a graphite stick

I brought a huge graphite stick at the Royal Academy, I also hurt my right drawing arm so these are drawn with the non-dominant arm.

I has also been to a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra the evening before where they played the Waltz from Aram Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite. This is a pretty crazy piece anyway but watching it, I got the feeling it causes some drama for the orchestra too as some music fell on the floor and musicians were so animated rushing to turn the pages which gave the performance so much energy. I wondered about how to get energy like this into drawings. here is the piece of music:

We saw a fox

We were outside in the carpark and saw a fox, so I tried drawing it from memory with others who had seen it giving ideas about how it looked

Some of the others in the group found out they had been accepted for an amazing residency in Greece, so I drew how I imagined it will be for them.

A baby hatch and the Rialto Bridge

For this drawing I listened to the Khachaturian waltz and at each phrase changed from drawing as fast as I could, a Venice baby hatch and the Rialto bridge, trying each time to make the drawing completely the other.

Graphite stick

The graphite stick is very amusing in shape

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Eugene Atget

Eugene Atget photographed the old city areas in Paris from the 1880s to 1920s

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Phillip Gaston, Ashmolean Oxford

From the website:

Discover the work of internationally acclaimed American artist Philip Guston (1913–80) in the first solo exhibition of his work in Oxford. The exhibition highlights the importance of working on paper for Guston’s artistic practice, and explores the inspiration he drew from historical art and literature.

American artist Philip Guston is known as one of the abstract expressionist painters who rocked the art world in the 1950s. He is also well known for making a dramatic break with abstract painting and developing a new style and figurative language that was uniquely Guston’s own. While there is enormous variety in his work, his drawings in particular reveal fascinating continuities that have been somewhat overlooked.

Focusing on 35 works on paper and including books and ephemera that belonged to him, the exhibition explores Guston’s enduring sensitivity to the world around him and the tumultuous events that he lived through in the 20th century. It also shows his life-long interests in the art and literature of the past that encompassed everything from Chinese Song Dynasty paintings, the European surrealists, to the writings of Franz Kafka and T.S. Eliot.

Entering the exhibition there was an information board The work is displayed in chronological order starting with teenage drawn copies of prints alongside the prints themselves which the work was influenced by. In the centre of the exhibition, two cabinets contained the artists belongings, books of prints and etchings.

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Woman on Rialto Bridge in Venice

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Artists whose life becomes their work

For some artists their life is their work, not in a nice thing to say kind of way but the whole way they live their life. Here are examples I have found.

Tehching Hsieh

Tehching Hsieh has spent whole years doing performance art pieces. When he first got to America he spent 6 years cleaning and washing up. This wasn’t an art piece though it was his life.
he did an art piece called Time Clock where he clocked in on the hour every hour for a year in his studio.

Daniel Lismore

Daniel Lismore is a performance Artist, he says his life is a work of art. He is an ambassador for the Tate, he dresses up every day and doesn’t have a day off.

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casting a relief