Sunday, 13 December 2020

Christangle: part of The Big Picture

 The Big Picture started as a "large scale drawing project for artists" and has developed into an on-line creative day which is open to anyone who wants to join in.  [follow the link for details]

My work is below.

"Christangle" comes from a smaller doodle I find myself doing occasionally.  The smaller drawings developed from some of this year's Christmas Cards.  

I thought I would keep it on the table for a while and add to it - a bit like a jigsaw.

It's straight forward - have a go!

Saturday, 5 September 2020

not by me -

The images in this series are watercolours by the father of a school friend.  I've shared them in memory of him and to encourage and inspire people who see them.

Derek Buckler was an architect by profession which is demonstrated in his lovely depiction of the buildings.  His figures that populate some of the pieces are less confident but they add to the charm of the work.  It's a pleasure to see a small part of his legacy here.  Thank you Alison for passing them on to me.

Elmslie Girls School, Blackpool
Windsor Castle
Westminster Abbey
St Thomas's Church, St Annes
St Paul's Cathedral
Micklegate Priory, York
Holy Trinity, Blackpool
Caenarfon Castle

Hawkshead Town Hall, Cumbria
Heysham Parish Church
Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge
Belle Island, Windermere
Bell Tower, Pisa
Abbotsford, Melrose:  home of Sir Walter Scot

Friday, 4 September 2020

Art Circle returns via Zoom...

Well that was interesting!

A huge thank you to my guinea pigs.  It was lovely to see you both again.  We not only managed to navigate technology but produced some drawings too.

During recent months one of the most significant and interesting things for me was how people communicated on-line.  It wasn't so much that we interacted through our electronic devices but that we presented ourselves within a snap shot of our domestic lives. 

I'm sure I'm not alone when I confess to being fascinated by the background to speakers:  the contents of bookshelves; artwork, calendars, clocks etc on walls; furniture, plants, the rooms they chose etc etc.  After a while, like me I should image you spotted the settings that were staged.  For example an mp (sorry, can't remember who) who added religious artefacts to his bookshelf when being interviewed about a particular group of people;  individuals who added a front cover view of books pertinent to what they were saying; the list goes on.  

The most interesting and charming were the people who made no changes to their surroundings.  The screen shot of these (although I didn't take any) were perfect portraits.

I began drawing some of these throughout lockdown and thought this would be an appropriate starting point for our on-line, test session.
A few of my drawings follow the ones below.

Well done guinea pigs and thank you for joining me!
Derrick and Monica by Christine

Sunday, 9 August 2020

lock-down easing: from my sketchbook...

Coniston Water, Cumbria

our accommodation:  Coniston, Cumbria

our neighbour:  Carsington Water, Derbyshire

Tissington Hall, Derbyshire

Drawings above:  black ink, white gel pen and coloured pencils on brown paper.

Think of sketch books as visual diaries and have a go at keeping your own.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Impact of Covid 19 on Art Circle - an update and our impromptu gallery

My library books are now renewed until 1st October.  I see this as an indication of when libraries might reopen.  Whether or not special interest groups will be able to meet when they do remains to be seen.  When I have news, I will post here.

Meanwhile, my other half and I have been drawing and painting our way through lock-down.  Not everyday but  enough to have an impromptu, build-as-you-go gallery.  [supported by Billy Bookcase]

Friday, 20 March 2020

Art Circle cancelled...

due to the current situation and following government guidelines, Art Circle has been cancelled until further notice.

Don't stop drawing though... try some of our tasks again.  Scroll through the sessions and have another go!  If you would like to, share your work in the comments and I'll post here.
I'll be back!

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Art Circle at Lytham Library...

starting 26 March 2020.  Thursdays 2 - 3.30.

I'm very happy to announce Art Circle will start in Lytham Library.  It's a beautiful space and there are lots of opportunities for working outdoors too, weather permitting.

So if you always fancied trying different visual art approaches or want to hone your drawing skills, do come along.

All abilities welcome.  

More information - see "What is Art Circle? " at the top of the page

Any queries?  Please contact me;

Lytham Library is now in the Assembly Rooms, Dicconson Terrace, FY8 5RS. 

I am in this image!  Taken by Blackpool Gazette
when the library re-opened in it's new home.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Sessions & Breaks 2020

please follow this link Sessions & Breaks 2020

Happy New Year everyone!
Maybe 2020 is the year for visual acuity, "the clarity or sharpness of vision".
We'll see...