The waste dilemma.

Drawing has become the main focus of my art lately. It’s quick (I only need a 10 minute window frame to grab my sketchbook and pen and begin or continue a drawing), it’s clean and it’s portable. I know clean wouldn’t gel well with most artist’s because I suppose that’s half the fun, acquiring materials and inspiration and channelling the creative flow into a solid tangible art work that along the way may be a bit messy. But I’m questioning this mess and use of materials lately (well I suppose it’s always been at the back of my mind but it’s come forward of late). It’s an irony that is amusing in a way. Most artist’s would like to think of themselves as bohemian, eccentric, a free spirit even. Not a huge consumer or a huge creator of waste and especially not another cog in the economic wheel. And with so many artist’s out there, regardless of whether it’s a career or a hobby, it must be contributing significantly to the  waste in our world. I don’t want to stop creating but I’m going to try to minimise the waste and the consuming. Buying in bulk is not always a good idea I’ve discovered. I have a stockpile of lino, paper and I’m gradually getting through the paint. But art practices change and evolve and where once I was really keen to go down the printmaking track I’m not so much anymore. So a stockpile of lino is pretty much useless unless I force myself to use it. Which I probably will. And I’m planning on painting over the top of any canvases I’m not satisfied with. But the regular trips to that fave artist haunt Eckersley’s is a thing of the past. Ahhh! The waste dilemma. I’ve been thinking lately creating a beautiful garden or learning a musical instrument (both things I do with varying degrees of success, though I suppose that’s goes the same for my art) are perhaps a more environmentally favourable way to release creative tension.

Anyway here are a few of my recent line drawings.

The kitchen bench. 
My feet amongst a still life.
The windowsill.

Mindful drawing

Continuing on with my pursuit of a mind that does not wander at random I’ve embraced mindful drawing. I’ve been going for almost a year now so there’s a rather large collection of line drawings filling my sketchbooks. 10 minutes a day is my aim but of course that doesn’t always happen so I start a drawing and then I may not get back to it for a few days. For those that want to see the collection I have an Instagram account that you can click on right here   But for those that don’t want to endure yet another social media site I’ll pop some in this post.

Ah Hawks Nest. This is from our last holiday in this tranquil spot. Just thought I’d add drawing is so beneficial for observation skills. I don’t think I truly saw anything until I started my art practice.

I know mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword at the moment and mindful drawing isn’t a new phenomenon either judging by the number of blogs that pop up in a Google search. But I’m continuing with it for now. It’s killing two birds with the one stone so to speak. A bit of meditation combined with a commitment to the drawing practice. It’s a deep breath in and a slow breath out.

A snap shot I’ve my pantry really. I tend to spend a lot of time in this kitchen. Hmmm…
Well the intentions were there. The beginning of the year I joined a painting group and went once. You never know I may get back to it but drawing is just so much more portable. Anyway this is the space we were painting in. So many things to draw.

Exhibition at Charlestown

It’s a little unusual to see an exhibition in a library but Charlestown has some empty walls and they’re wanting to add a bit of flair to their otherwise bland space. So as part of Novosketchers I’ve included some of my recent and not so recent work in a group show there until Christmas. So if you’re heading that way go have a look.

The Anzac Walk just there on the right. This is an acrylic painting with many layers.


A couple of oldies below. They’ve been around for a number of years.