It has been said many times here and elsewhere - sketchbooks are the thing for me - they are at the centre of my working life.
I use my sketchbooks as spaces in which to explore so many ideas, but the themes and questions, obsessions that most appear on the pages include:
my interest in historical painting
paintings within paintings
remembering paintings and making them my own humble renditions
exploring mark making
storytelling and not telling the whole story - glimpses
holding ideas together because they may feel fragile
making small pictures like windows into worlds
looking through the eyes of older selves
remembering childish wonder
putting together textures and layers for the tactile joy of it
writing thoughts and painting over them
putting together seemingly different worlds or ideas, making them sing as one
collecting my thoughts for the day
finding pleasure in random memories
discovering characters who have stories yet told
re-creating myself as basic shapes
figures walking from paintings into other paintings
visiting old haunts
holding it all in my hands
Thank you for reading my blog posts this week - I have enjoyed this sharing experience, going retro for a few days. I hope that I may inspire others to write a blog post or two, or simply visit a blog now and then. More than anything I hope you have found these posts interesting - enough that I might repeat this week later in the year.
For now though, if anyone would like me to link to their creative blog please comment or email me. I will be writing a post in a few weeks time featuring current blogs that I enjoy visiting.