Saturday, 16 January 2021

from our walk...

This series started during the first lockdown in March 2020.  At the time I hadn't thought of it as a series.  I took photographs from a particular place on each of our daily walks and bike rides and shared to social media - part documentary, part something to do.   

As we experienced our lovely warm spring and summer, the images, still from the same place began to have a life of their own.  Not only did they document the location, state of the tide, weather etc but they also became a social record of visitors to the area.  At one stage families and crowds of friends were everywhere across the beach and sand dunes; playing, paddling, sunbathing and all the other joyful things you can do at the seaside.  The negative side of this was the detritus they left behind, the germs they shared and the litter trails carried by the wind.  

This lockdown, January 2021, the images have been taken at different locations.  The precise way they have been taken have turned them into something else again.  "Island:  lockdown 3" reflects the islands households have become. 

"Island:  lockdown 3"  January 2021

after lockdown 1, spring/summer 2020

Sunday, 10 January 2021

New Year - New Sketchbook

The timing of needing to replace my pocket sketchbook was perfect.  This one is A6 opening out to A5 which is half A4 (letter size).

Prompted by my other half watching "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves" which includes images from the Bayeux Tapestry in its titles*.  I decided to bring out my souvenir booklet and revisit drawing some of the creatures depicted in the embroidery.  The following images show the work so far.  They are in reverse chronological order.

The first drawing is a larger version of some of the earlier ones.  This was made during a Unofficial: The Big Picture day when a group of people meet via Zoom & WhatsApp to be creative together.

*I know - Hollywood changing history.  The film also changes geography.  Apparently you can cross the channel, land near the white cliffs and walk to Hadrian's Wall in the same day and... King John has a Scottish accent.  However, it's a good film and stands watching more than once. 

A3 - done as part of Unofficial: The Big Picture drawing day, 9 Jan '21