Sunday, 2 October 2016

Creative energy returns, at last

Younger son went to university yesterday. Elder son is having the time of his life on an internship in Paris. We have all come to terms with the reality of my mother-in-law’s condition post-stroke, so life can proceed, with a new rhythm, and time to be creative.

Messing about with charcoal, after inspiration from the charcoal drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe ( still on at the Tate until 30 October).


Picking up a piece of postcard-sized, rust dyeing that had been languishing on the laughingly -called, “inspiration board”. Stitched with vintage Perivale Regal Twist thread ( read about Perivale Mills, here) and mounted in the sketch book. I love the serendipity of rust dyeing.


Seeing the paint bleeding on to the piece led to some experiments with watercolour pencil and acrylic paint. The areas that are heavily rusted act as a resist to the watercolour and to the paint. I shouldn’t be surprised, as it is difficult to get a needle through those sections.


Creative inspiration was stimulated by a visit to the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition, on until 23 October. So many questions by the work of the artists on display, mostly as to hoe some of them are classed as drawing. The winner is a mesmerising video of “drawing” using white ink suspended in gelatine.

Blue skies today and an opportunity to get outside and look for reflections, and there was a great one from a convex mirror at a concealed entrance.


 Onward and upward, but usually  sideways, as an ex-colleague used to say.


  1. Good to have you of life continues

  2. Glad to hear that creative energy is seeping back... First a trickle, then a flood?
    Your mention of randomness in art gave me a strangely blank and frantic few minutes when I tried to remember the "arty" word for randomness. Starts with A, but I couldn't get farther than that. Thank goodness for the internet - the word is aleatoric. (Useful for artist's statements!)


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