Journal

TV drawing

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Sketchbook scan
ink on recycled paper
98 × 116mm
2019

Made while half watching TV. Not that the TV was bad, more that sometimes I find it useful to be partially distracted when making this kind of drawing.

Wall work ideas in Photoshop

Blue wall work split across to walls - mock up Yellow wall work on floating screen - mock up Orange wall work on end wall - mock up

Wall work studies
Photoshop mock up
2019

Looking at the three works above I can’t help but think the practicalities to efficiently execute them.

The yellow one is the simplest, but the blue and orange pieces will require an awful lot of tape and masking. For both works it’s the long continuous outside edge which causes the biggest challenge.

In deciding which works to use (or not) I have to consider not only the practicalities of both the install and de-install times but also the way the different works relate to each other in the show and how everything works as a whole.

Swiss repeat

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Repeat pattern repeated
felt tip pen on paper
approx 840 × 840mm
2019

Something I made on the weekend at an enjoyable “Swiss Repeat” pattern workshop with Greta Menzies at Toi Pōneke.

Non-making

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Sketchbook scan


It’s raining outside – a perfect day to stay indoors, type and drink some more coffee. Meanwhile, this week has been one of those where I’ve spent most of my time doing non-making art related things.

This has included:

  • Going through my contact list and slowly cleaning it up.

  • Reviewing what I’ve written about my work over the last few months before I write some more words for my upcoming show New Old Forms.

  • Attending a talk at Enjoy around developing an emerging practice.

  • Going to the Greta Menzies opening at Toi Pōneke last night, where I really enjoyed some of the drawings.

  • Reviewing and processing some of the topics from conversations I had the previous week.

As someone who enjoys making things it’s easy to feel I’m letting my practice slip if I haven’t made anything during the week, yet I know a break can be (and often is) beneficial.

The reality is making is only part of a practice. It’s easy for me to overlook the drawing I have done this week. However small it may be it keeps moving the work and ideas along. And sometimes that’s enough.