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Finding Flow in Mark-Making

Finding flow in mark-making is what I call when capturing the essence of a subject without lifting the pencil from the drawing paper. Or lifting up your pen or pencil yet continue to draw in the air and then put it back on the paper while still drawing. This for instance could be in pencil or ink. In a medium that emphasises mark-making as the most important aspect of the work. This is useful if you need to capture your subject quickly (sometimes with your eyes fixed on your subject while drawing on the paper). The work will have a lot of fluidity. The work will also be able to capture movement. The key is, to not only describe your subject in a few lines, but also to be able to vary the 'one-long-mark' without stopping to draw. This you can do by changing the angle of your tool or by varying the pressure of your hand on the paper while you are drawing. Below are some figurative images of Hedda - a live drawing performance in collaboration with a dancer. In this project I had to draw as fast as I could to keep up with the dancer. Finding flow in mark-making prior to our performance helped me to capture her within seconds. Hedda - Figurative in Grass-Green Ink [caption id="attachment_1154" align="alignnone" width="640"] Hedda - Figurative in Green Ink[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1150" align="alignnone" width="640"] Hedda - Figurative in Black Ink[/caption]    

Rigger brushes

I make large-scale oil paintings on wooden boards with subtle colours using ‘black’ paint and rigger brushes. (more…)

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Folk and Freens

Every year I draw Folk and Freens at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: featuring bands as Dallahan, Gone Native, Simon Kempston, Nae Plans, and Brechin All Records. (more…)

Darg and Drams at the Meffan Gallery

Scotland: Darg and Drams has grown into a comprehensive body of work which is dedicated to Scottish heritage, industries and landmarks. Darg and Drams at the Meffan Gallery was exhibited in a solo show in 2017. (more…)

The Masters of Glassblowing

Extremely hot, that is really what I take away from this amazing experience amidst The Masters of Glassblowing in Murano. You have to have skin made out of leather to withstand the temperatures. Drinking 8 litres of water a day is not uncommon for masters Matteo, Roberto, Giovanni, and Maurice. (more…)

Drunk on whisky, butts and barrels

In the barns where the whisky casks are made the movement of the coopers dancing around their barrels, busy shaping, shaving and charring casks instantly captivated me. With their aprons, traditional tools (more…)

Printmaking and Whisky

This Printmaking and Whisky clip shows some of the tools and equipment I use in the studio when creating etchings focussed on the whisky industry. I built up the drawing  onto the copper plate in several layers. Each layer exposing unprotected copper is bathed in acid.  (more…)