Sunday, 31 March 2013


Whilst in New York I had the opportunity to make a few sketches and notes of the view, as shown in my previous post.

I thought I'd write a little more about the reasons I use a sketchbook in this way.

It is important to be able to record a particular aspect of what I'm looking at. In this case it was the vast scale of the buildings of the city, in contrast with the cars and people below.

The pen was a really quick way of making a few lines to capture just that.

As an artist who prefers to work in situ I find such notes very useful on occasions where a particular view (in this case from my hotel room) is unlikely to be available to me again. These are the sort of visual notes that draw me back to both a subject and place.

Thursday, 21 March 2013


I'm in New York for a few days. The idea of the visit was to get round to major galleries. I hadn't intended to draw.

However the view from my hotel is so good that it was impossible to resist.

Here's a quick sketch I did this morning this morning looking west down 44th St.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Winter Light

I've been back to Ringstead to paint, on lead-primed paper.

During the last few months I have spent a lot of time drawing my friend, artist and mutual-model Martha. These sessions have been productive, and also very valuable in respect of turning my focus to the discipline of drawing – with an emphasis on line and structure.

The landscape at Ringstead is something I know intimately, and have painted countless times. It was very inspiring therefore to return to it while still retaining that focus on drawing from the sessions with Martha.

This lead to my being acutely aware of the distance between me and far features of the landscape. For example the complexities and subtlety of the banks of shingle as they span that distance towards the headland of White Nothe were something I wanted to specifically describe. It is an exciting challenge to note and respond to the undulations of the shingle banks, the many facets of the headland, the vastness and variety of shade of the sea – and the intricate relationships between them all.