Last week heralded in spring with the vernal equinox on Monday, followed by the start of British Summer Time. These celestial events put me in mind of a body of work I made in June 2011 titled Oh! Callipso, in which I set out to take a break from slow work for a week. I worked very quickly using any materials I had to hand, anywhere I was. I thoroughly enjoyed the liberating sensation and produced a lot of work in just a few days. Later, I showed the work at open studios that year, and everyone ignored it! - so I felt it was worthless and hid it all away.
I began to think about Oh! Callipso whilst pondering the mysteries of the springtime tilt of our planet towards the sun in the northern hemisphere; so, I had a revisit and found, to my surprise, that there was a lot there I still find really interesting today. It's nice to see a bit of colour again, and I am loving the freshness. Perhaps it's time for me to have another brain-storming session for a week and see what comes of it.
Thanks for visiting, see you next week!
- This week was all about snow. It started so innocently with a sweet icing-sugar dusting on the rooftops.
- I walked around the Earth!
- Tennis-ball green and grids on the courts.
- This is art: skatepark Damian Hoar de Galvin with a touch of Tuttle.
- The snow got thick.
- Do what it says!
- My work table still needs tidying.
Thanks for visiting, see you next week!
Part of a Cure - Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter on Friday 2nd of this month contained the lovely thoughts on drawing below. For anyone who doesn't know of Austin Kleon, he is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas, author of Show Your Work and Steal Like an Artist. His elegant blackout poems are beautiful to look at, and their haiku-like sparsity of words thought-provoking. Do visit his super Blog on his website to read the rest of this post, and so much more. You can subscribe to the newsletter here - it's a really good one. Austin Kleon is extremely generous and puts in a lot of thought and hard work to make his newsletters a good, informative read. It arrives every Friday, and I always look forward to it.
I am sure most of these quotes will ring true for anybody who draws:
“When you draw, you go away. You go to another place. It’s a safe place. And it’s a real place.” - Ed Emberley
“A piece of paper is a place. The thing you draw with is the way you travel through that place.” - Lynda Barry
“I make places I want to go to.” - Renee French
“It’s sublime to go into another room and make pictures. It’s magic time, where all your weaknesses of character, the blemishes of your personality, whatever else torments you, fades away, just doesn’t matter.” - Maurice Sendak
“Everything was a secret. So in order to make my own secrets, to establish my own way out of things I couldn’t understand, [I drew]. And it’s a way of not just escape, but of survival.” - Jules Fieffer, on growing up in his childhood home
“Drawing is 50,000 years old, isn’t it? I think it comes from very deep within us. When all those people in the 1970s were trying to give up drawing, I did go and see them and they said: ‘Oh, you don’t need to draw now.’ And I did point out: ‘Well, why don’t you tell that to that little child there? Tell them you don’t need to draw and see what happens.” - David Hockney
“Drawing is my way of explaining to myself what goes on in my mind. It’s not I who makes this drawing. It’s the hand that drew that makes it.”- Saul Steinberg
“As kids, we went to the page to find something, to have an experience. As adults, we have it backwards. We think that we need to have an experience before we go to the page". - Lynda Barry
“It’s more like I’m having an experience than making a picture.” - Cy Twombly
“A little girl was in a drawing lesson. [The teacher] said, ‘What are you drawing?’ And the girl said, ‘I’m drawing a picture of God.’ And the teacher said, ‘But nobody knows what God looks like.’ And the girl said, ‘They will in a minute.” - Ken Robinson
“Drawing isn’t work, it’s a form of prayer.” - from Christophe Blain, Isaac the Pirate.
Thank you for reading,
A big cheery wave and best wishes to you all!
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 ...
Here are 10 of those favourite things which I have lying about, in no particular order. They are all rich pickings for my drawings, so if you ever wondered where the ideas come from ...
1. My precious puffer fish with a dried sunflower stuck in his back
2. A piece of root run over by the Land Rover several times
My curiosity is piqued. I have been obsessed with stick insects since I was a child, but had no idea there existed leafy ones, too ...
How did they get here? When? How did they end up looking like this (I suppose that's obvious from an evolutionary point)? What do they do all day? Do they think? Are they aware of their own mortality?
More detailsThe leaf insect Phyllium Photo by Sandilya Theuerkauf, Wynaad. Wikipedia
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Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland