Pre-Shrunk glory

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Now this has been a fun project. Drawing 4×5 inch pieces for the Pre-shrunk show at Argyle Gallery in Halifax.

These pieces will be hard to see go as I’ve become quite attached to their little faces and it’s such a pleasure to work on them and see speedy results.

They will be available as limited addition prints so they aren’t leaving my life completely.

I chose metallic gold for the sides of the blocks.

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When I put them all together they are almost like an interactive art installation. 

Love them!

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Box of Magic

 

Here’s my little box of magic.

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Next weekend I’m heading down to Annapolis Royal to deliver two pieces of work to the ARCAC & Artsplace Gallery which will be on display for the next month.

I decided to submit two diverse pieces. A sheep with curly horns and a bear.

Here are all the stages of the sheep (which will also be available in limited addition prints). I had a test run with a similar looking sheep for the pre-shrunk show. Drawing it on a large scale had it’s own set of challenges (like how to cast a shadow over one side of the face without making it look hard yet still including parts of the horn in the shadow).

 

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And here he is! Curly and rugged!

I’m getting a custom Maple frame made for him this week so I’ll post photos of the completed piece and of course the opening show!

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There maybe trouble ahead?

If your eight year old comes to you with a drawing they’ve done of a dejected naked woman, then you can be pretty sure that there may be trouble ahead lol.

I drew this at a friends house whilst my friend worked on a cheerful picture, we then went and presented our work to her Mum who gave me that ‘Are you disturbed?’ look!

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Thankfully my parents were both artists so I was in good company, in our house these drawings were praised.

At around the same age of eight I also drew a group of naked people dancing together I think I was heavily influenced by Matisse for this one. 

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My childhood obsession was babies in the womb, child birth and new born babies.

The nurse below has been deemed unnecessary and erased out!

What a terrible birthing position, poor woman.

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Much younger in age, I think I was about five

when I drew this ill fated mermaid who has been stabbed!

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The next page is far more optimistic.

A pregnant mermaid!!

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A few years later in my early teens I was all about the  pre-raphaelites.

I couldn’t get enough of the long necks, frizzy hair and silk dresses.

This is Jane Morris wife of William Morris

and muse and lover of  Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

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The mysterious Ram

It all starts with a blank piece of paper and a head full of ideas!

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The eyes come first and everything bleeds out from there.

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Almost every piece gets to that horrible point where I think I’ve lost it,

that it’s all been a waste of time.

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Then as if by magic it starts turning around and I don’t quite know how I got there?

The whole thing is a bit of a mystery and it remains a mystery.

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‘Wolf Mother’

Sun streaming in, sharpened pencils and a new cup to hold them in. These are the right ingredients for a morning of Art.

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Ok, I’m suppose to be drawing and now I’m caught up taking photographs

because the light is so marvelous. 

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Here she is!

‘Wolf Mother’ 

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And there’s that sun working it’s magic again.

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What’s the time Mrs Wolf?

Oh yeah, it’s dinner time!