Throughout the summer I began to add stitching to the drawings. This is a piece of thumb-knitted cotton taped in place onto a drawing of a wrinkly fruit. I am still playing about with how I am going to stitch the final position of the looped cotton onto the drawing, whilst also planning how I am going to deal with the shadowy cloud in the top right section (just a sketch on the underside of the tissue right now) ... NB I am rubbish at sewing, but this is exactly what I enjoy about this work. Slightly clumsy, always a surprise - there is always opposition to the supreme control I have over the drawing. It keeps me on my toes!
A birthday gift for a friend. I had a great day at Edinburgh College of Art recently doing tutorials with the students and giving a talk on my work, almost forty years to the day since I first walked through the hallowed portals of ECA as a student myself. The students I met a couple of weeks ago were a great bunch, they made me feel so welcome. The first tutorial group I took really wanted to know how I make the bug drawings - time was short so I could only give them a very short description, but I posted a full description on my Instagram @binky_mckee - the account I use for illustration and other life style type things. My other drawings can be seen at @heatherelizawalker.
I decided to bring my blog back after a long hiatus. This drawing I made back in January looks so innocent, but if one could ever reveal what was about to happen, this would be it. Rising and falling, sadness and joy: it has been one hell of a year, but it's not over yet and here I am again:
See you again soon.
PS I didn't manage to keep any of my New Years Resolutions.
Never mind. there's always next year!! IF I'm still interested ...
Welcome to my blog! I am an artist in Fife, Scotland, represented by the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
I do illustrative work under the name of Binky McKee. Click the picture above for a link to fairy tales, magic, and cats doing silly things - plus a little about why I chose the name Binky!
PIC OF THE WEEK
Edinburgh College of Art's very own Athena Nike - with empty wine glasses at her feet! (not all mine).
I attended a function in the Sculpture Court this week, it was great to be able to wander about at leisure and revisit a few of my favourite things. I haven't been in the Sculpture Court for a few years, last time I was only passing through delivering work.
I drew this one so many times as a young student (the wings and clinging drapery got me back then). It was lovely to be able to stand right next to her and appreciate her body and wondrous sturdy legs!