Bronze birds.

A few photos from the studio of the birds as I clean them up. The hard work has been done for me- they have been cut and cleaned, so just a bit of filing, polishing and decide on the patina. To keep them bronze coloured and shiny involves a lot of polishing and a wax coat to seal them. They will always slowly darken over time but I quite like seeing things age.

In wax.


Bronze before cleaning and cutting. 
(I quite like this bird tree.)

After cleaning with a wire brush.



Molten bronze is fun.

Molten bronze is fun and also quite hot, therefore dangerous. That just makes it more fun. When it has cooled back to a solid you get to smash off the ceramic shell with a hammer, even more fun. It was an exciting day.

Detailed photos of the sculpting and casting process on Simon Stringer's website - Holte School Project.

Photos of the bronze birds to follow.



Above is the original painting in oil and acrylic, slightly damaged as it was badly stored. I've started another from the same photograph using only acrylic.
Oils are much more suited to the soft colour blends in the photograph, but I am enjoying the challenge and I really love this photograph.


A present for Matt.

I don't know what it is about painting people in costumes that I really enjoy. Loved doing this small painting, as challenging and portraits are. I think Matt loved it which is the main thing. Acrylic, varnish and silver and gold leaf on canvas, 2011.


Still life.

Old drawings from A-level and college. A reminder that I need to put aside some time to concentrate on some still life studies every now and then. And I do not spend enough time using pencil.


Other nightmares.

At the beginning of the year I submitted my nightmare themed sketchbook to The Sketchbook Project. 
They have just started to digitise the library, it's amazing to have them all to browse through. Here are some of my favourite nightmare themed pages.

From a book by Natalie Elwin

Pages from a sketchbook by Sayaka Isowa 

Pages from sketchbook by Davey K

Justin Kaiser and Sara Gross (Twobitart) have made books so awesome I can't select just a few pages to show here. Click the links and check them out.



A drawing by Allison Long Hardy which a friend sent me a link to today. I really love it. It's a much more succinct cousin of my drawing.


Process drawing, unfinished.

Possibly 'tonsillitis drawing'.
When I had tonsillitis as a child I used to have dreams of specific shapes and textures which felt like landscapes. When I was a little older I realised it was the sensation of running my tongue along my teeth.
Ink on A2 paper.



When to stop?

The drawing last night.

And this morning.

Unfinished public transport sketch.



It's interesting to sculpt sets of objects as I hardly ever repeat images in drawings. I enjoy seeing them develop from grotesque crude blob into something a bit more delicate (as in the last photo) and with repetition it seems to get easier and quicker.


The Colour and The Shape.

Today's challenge, dried tulip study.

Some experiments with colour saturation and texture.