This time last year I began to play with the idea of using templates in my drawings. I had inherited a lot of technical templates after my Dad passed away in 2017, some of which he made himself. He was a leading draughtsman and naval architect, and no doubt would find a great deal of humour in the sense I try to make of his tools. I find the forms fascinating and like the idea of using them in ways they were not deigned to be used. I want to incorporate them into my work combined with unreadable text and make them into plans nobody can build, and allow them to convey a sense of joyous unknown logic. The idea of working with cut spaces, or missing forms, is appealing to me. I used a few templates in my Confused Flags recently, and look forward to taking the idea further in 2020.
This Christmas has provided rich pickings for new forms: the image on the right is the remains of a miniature build-a-car car kit after the car parts had been pressed out. To the left, a notebook containing early template experiments I made a year ago, The notebook itself is an interesting Duplicate Manifold Book, supplied by the government for Public Service (in the 1960s by the looks of it), also found amongst Dad's possessions.
I was a bit disappointed that the duplicate function doesn't work any more, but once or twice I inserted a piece of carbon paper to see what would happen when a drawing duplicates in a different medium.
To see the finished car kit model photo visit The Weekly at Binky McKee.
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7 great things about this week ...
1. Our Christmas jigsaw arrived and I have been eyeing the picture and forming strategies! Today is the big day - we will crack it open and work on it over Christmas. B and I are both very excited! This Puzzle is 'Merry Christmas' by House of Puzzles, from Jigsaw Puzzles Direct.
2. The birds seem to have woken up this week: they have started quietly twittering, cooing and cawing at dawn. Perhaps signifying an early spring - or is that just wishful thinking?
3. Switching on Christmas lights on cold, dark mornings with the fragrance of coffee coming from the kitchen.
4. Today is the solstice: the winter one always seems so mysterious and Harry Potter with half light all day, especially if the sky is overcast like it is right now. Very Scottish.
5. A lorry load of Brussels sprouts overturned in Rosyth - it was amazing to see the road heaped in dunes of seasonal veg like green snow. I only hope they didn’t go to waste.
6. Christmas movies on daytime TV. I rarely sit and watch them, but it’s great to have them playing in the background.
7. Glitter and glass droplets: a bit of sparkle and gleam is required at this time of year.
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Before and after: the old fuse-board in our house was modernised at the weekend.
My wonderful godson Theo (my partner's son, I know it sounds a bit Fleabag but it is the case) came to stay last Thursday with his friend and work colleague Alex. Theo's mission was to replace the ancient fuse-board in our house as his Christmas present to us, and Alex came along to help. They made the long drive from Buckinghamshire after work on Thursday evening, arrived in the early hours of Friday morning, got in a few hours sleep, and started work early on Friday morning.
My writing is about to get very untechnical now because I don't have a good vocabulary when it comes to matters electric, but he had to strip out all the old fuses (the sort with wire wrapped around them) and install a complete new board with modern trip fuses. Verbatim from Theo's Instagram: "Old dodgy wiring ripped out. New board, new trunking, cables rerouted and an isolator added so the board can be worked on safely."
I am unashamed to admit that this week of kitsch has been all about glitter, gleam, fairies and fairy lights. The Christmas decs came down from the loft as soon as December dawned.
7 great things about Christmas decorations:
1. Good taste and British reserve are abandoned somewhere around November 25, and won't return until Burns' Night on January 25 has passed. The austerity of 12th night is just too hard.
2. Lights. Fairy lights, candles, lanterns - whatever it takes to guard against the dark days of the solstice.
3. 1950's chandeliers repurposed as sparkling crystal droplets to hang on the tree.
4. Being reunited with very dear old decorations - Bambi above is 1970s.
5. An excuse to get into Christmas food and drink. Who puts their decorations up without a glass [bottle] of bubbly?
6. Christmas films on TV. I watched White Christmas (1954) with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye and laughed and cried. And Rosemary Clooney is one remarkable dancer (leg goals for the new year).
7. Can I buy a Christmas themed jigsaw puzzle? Of course.
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Welcome to my blog! I am an artist in Fife, Scotland, represented by the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
I illustrate 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
February shadows cast by reflected light.