Here are some drawings done at dawn or just after on my way cycling to Tregeseal stone circle. All my Sketchbooks, drawing materials and camera I carry in my pannier bags on my bike. The drawings are all done quickly as I try to capture something of the feel for the place, and in whatever the weather conditions happen to be.
So some have approaching hail. It is quite fun sitting and waiting for the hail to travel across the moor.
I seldom use erasers….preferring to use my palm or fingers as I tend to use 9b pencils which are easy to manipulate, some eventually have collage and paint even soil or sand added to them. And if it rains well that just helps to move the medium around especially if I am using watercolour. Eventually some get framed, but I like my sketchbooks and tend to hold onto them…….
They are like journals and references of varying technique and often suggest different approaches or directions. I will often work on them concurrently as I work on the large scale paintings that come from these drawings, so that they feed into each other. The process often almost completely re works the original sketch or drawing. But this I like and it reflects the changing nature of landscape.
So a drawing may start out as a calm spring morning only to have the weather change dramatically with showers even hail. It is challenging to capture this change…..but it seems to me that this is the point. Snapshorts of nature only real instants in time, I much prefer to capture something of the constant change in weather.
In recent years I have taken to making images of these drawings to save to my computer in order to work on them digitally creating far more abstract works which begin with drawing and become part drawing, part digital, part collage.
These artworks are much smaller and go through repeated processes of drawing, digital manipulation, printing adding collage until they are finished…..
The last image for now was also done at Tregeseal stone circle……a dry stone wall with tangled bracken and a rainbow….