Monthly Archives: July 2014

De-collage with various papers, willow bark and leaves.

This experimenting required the preparation of the boards. I used 15cm x 15cm pieces of MDF board and wallpaper paste to secure probably 6-8 layers of papers and natural materials, each being a slight variation on the others. These were … Continue reading

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More willow stains on plaster.

Having already seen that the willow bark would make some quite interesting marks on plaster I wanted to make some more examples so that I could explore the possibilities of working over them, perhaps in charcoal, graphite or paint. I … Continue reading

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Frottage of Willow bark and willow forms.

Here I was experimenting to see what sort of marks I could get using frottage from the bark on a log from a willow tree and the willow forms that I have made. I used charcoal and graphite, and then … Continue reading

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Willow and Moon-shadows.

Once again I got carried away with an idea and my camera- 100 photos later!! The idea of night time observation came from looking at Emma Stibbon’s work at the RA Summer exhibition and her works from the Antarctic. On … Continue reading

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Trying out materials.

Just mucking about in sketch book trying out materials and thinking about the possibilities for use of colour. My feeling currently is that my work will be almost monochromatic, with possible use of found colour, like from the willow bark. … Continue reading

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Marks of nature.

This took me by surprise. Had already been working with the charcoal, then found myself in the garden moving old waste, loads of slugs and snails. Why then did I find myself covering an old piece of slate with charcoal … Continue reading

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Exploring staining on board prepared with plaster.

The work of Amanda Wallwork is made on plaster, and lots of artists have used plaster in their work, such as Paul Klee. I wanted to explore how staining might develop on this surface. As I made the boards I … Continue reading

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Willow cosmos.

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Hauser and Wirth in Somerset.

Yesterday I went to the first day open to the public at Hauser and Wirth in Somerset. The commercial gallery has opened this new venue at Bruton in Somerset with the intention of bringing contemporary art to the countryside and … Continue reading

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BLACK AND WHITE- Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy, London.

When I heard that Cornelia Parker would be curating a room at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London with a theme of ‘Black and white’, I was intrigued. Much of my own work of late has been monochromatic and so … Continue reading

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