Clarifying Colour

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Sketchbook drawings with watercolour


In limbo, any art I make takes place in my sketchbook. Add a single colour to the small ink compositions, and space and form come into focus. Add several different colours and the drawings become strange paintings.

I’m clarifying my thinking about my broader practice, what I want to achieve, and how I operate. This includes developing a strategy in a sentence. Next is brainstorming, followed by running experiments to test my ideas. Exciting and scary times!

Question your teaspoons

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Recent sketchbook drawings


Question your teaspoons

In his short essay, Approaches to What? Georges Perec writes how the daily news focuses on shocking things going against the norm, rarely addressing the daily. Nurses striking to get better pay is shocking, yet the day-to-day reality of low wages for nurses is genuinely upsetting and can be missed.

Perec continues writing, turning to the importance of questioning the habitual – examining what we do, believe, and encounter (without a second thought).

Why do I walk this way to work? What if I took the other street? How can I make the journey enjoyable? Why not buy something unusual from the supermarket?

An artist may ask, why am I using this tool over that one? Why this piece of paper and not that one? How can I make this easy for myself? What can I change?

Perec notes the more trivial the question, the better.

I’m struck by the curiosity involved in asking these sorts of questions. I can see how questioning our norms leads to breakthroughs, new ideas, and insight.

Recharging

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St. Clair, Dunedin.


My routines are busted, the breaking waves are constant, my throat is sore (hence the rest), my drawing is sporadic amidst the change, and I am learning to use my new camera.

Today, however, I’m taking a break and recharging.

Picasso Monster

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One from the composition book, September 2022


After years of distortion and twisting to please others, Picasso Monster starts regaining and finding some balance.

Rebooting

Everything has gone, and I’m:

  • Getting to know Dunedin.

  • Using the question, “What if I let myself be happy?” as my North Star while I define my Big Question.

  • Holding a space open for something new to emerge.

  • Rebooting my website.