I delivered my first six Confused Flags for Artobotic’s Brexit Art Machine this week. The idea of art vending machines selling random works of art is new and exciting! I know many of my friends and colleagues contribute regularly to the art machines, and I am delighted to be taking part alongside them.
Flag no.2 has a fold-out which the owner can play with, creating a new flag by opening it out over the other half of the support:
On Wednesday, one of my greatest fears was realised when I was out driving and suddenly became immersed in a terrific thunderstorm. A small, twisting country road I take became a sea of mud as the fields on either side emptied into its hollows, making driving hazardous. I ran into trouble on the M90 underpass at Inverkeithing when torrential rain and flash floods caused a torrent of rain-water to cascade down the slip-roads and pool, feet deep, submerging the roundabout. A large Mercedes saloon car was pushed up against the concrete supports, trapped in the water. A white van was actually floating. Fire engines and pumps were hastening to the site. I tried to ignore zig-zags of lightning above my wind-screen and was lucky to reach my destination safely. I ran from the car as fast as I could - through a foot of water, with the sky directly above exploding into sparks.
My world is normally peaceful and serene, but it was transformed in a matter of seconds into a realm of chaos and fear - by nature. I emptied out my shoes, wrung out my socks, changed into dry clothing and was grateful to be indoors. My neighbour wasn't so lucky; also driving in the area, her car was carried by the flood and the engine died. She reported that she floated in the car, and was delayed for hours in the storm while the fire brigade pumped flood water from houses before clearing the road and her car could be recovered. Very frightening.
More thunderstorms and floods followed over the next few days, making travel difficult and terrifying the poor dog. In the light of this, I don’t find it surprising that natural events insert themselves into my drawings. They are usually more peaceful, in the form of clouds tumbling down a mountain-side, or mists drifting inland from the coast with perhaps the sighting of a comet.
Amongst the stormy weather, I read this week in the Old Farmers Almanac that peridot, one of my favourite stones, has been found on the relics of ancient meteors which crashed to Earth; the drama of that event sparked my imagination, and will no doubt fuel a drawing or two. It seems to me that weather events and creativity walk hand in hand to permeate my work, and that is why irises puffing Ming Dynasty clouds into the atmosphere, space-age tubers, and cloud-catching comets are populating my drawings at the moment.
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Here are some wizened chestnuts coming back to life! It is a drawing of a chestnut I dug up in the spring, which had begun to sprout, but had failed. In my efforts to understand which end was the root and which was to become a sapling, I drew it from different angles and picked it apart. I simply couldn’t penetrate its mystery. Consequently, line-work began to flow in wraiths around them, manifestations of a life which failed to happen for this still-born tree.
Now, this is an interesting journey I am taking. I had thought my drawing of sprouting chestnuts was going to be one of the easiest to take further, which is why I chose to work on it at the beginning of this project. It wasn’t as plain sailing as the last one, however, in which Chinese-style floral decorations from a bowl sit well within swirling cloud forms, and the two techniques hold a nice conversation.
I began to work with my recent observational drawings this week. This one was a drawing of the inside of a Chinese bowl, flattened out into a single plane, and it began making suggestions right from the start.
A week of rather dismal weather kept me indoors most days, so I decided to draw some of my favourite objects around the house. I discovered it is really hard to draw toys! Here are two Peruvian dolls my friend brought back for me from a stay in Peru, a little enamel box painted with a charming Spaniel, the most adorable little loved-up 1950s Merrythought bear (with bells in his ears!), and carved and painted wooden cats and a dog which sit on a shelf with their legs hanging over the edge. I hope you enjoy my shared treasures!
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This week has been no less disruptive than last week. A further string of unpredictable and unusual events of "what are the chances" nature cropped up.
These drawings were what came out of it, though.
4 great things this week:
- 6 views of a dried up chestnut, trying to work out how the first root and sprout come out of the kernel
- a peony tree fruit exposed after its petals fell
- what was inside the dried up chestnut when I picked off the shell
- a small, gnarly apple tree in the garden.
Welcome to my blog! I am an artist in Fife, Scotland, represented by the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
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PIC OF THE WEEK
Brexit Art Machine vending outside the Houses of Parliament!
Photo: BAM Instagram