Dark, dusty, dank and subterranean. Littered with street art, lonely and quiet. I thought this would be a great place to start. I was walking through a set of pathways underneath the Mancunian way. The ring road orbiting Manchester and the last line of defence marking the outer limits of the city centre and the suburbs of greater Manchester. A curious place that consists of … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 2, Ex 2, Sketchbook Walk.
Just as I was starting the landscape section of my course I discovered that the Whitworth in Manchester was exhibiting a pair of landscape artists (brothers) called Alexander and John Robert Cozens. I new nothing of the artists and did not for-see the impact that their, (mainly Alexander) revolutionary techniques of dealing with landscape with regards to natural, seemingly random and chaotic formations. Something that … Continue reading Visit to Whitworth – Raqib Shaw, Cozens and Cozens and the blot technique.
The weather can be erratic at the best of times, but even a calm, sunny day can prove a tricky task when trying to pin point and record those fast flowing, ever changing masses of ice and water. The problems I encountered when I first attempted to draw clouds. This was actually a blessing in disguise as the only way I could get any sense … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 2, Ex 1 – Cloud Formations and tones.
On a recent visit to London I was lucky enough to stumble on a free exhibition of Edgar Dagas. It was a rare collection of some of his most distinct pastels in one room from collector Sir William Burrell. Of course on hearing this I jumped at the chance. For me Degas has always been an idol from childhood, encapsulated and drawn into his pastels … Continue reading Degas at the National Gallery