Stiwdio Maelor Open Day, November 29th. 2014
Slightly by default, I ended up being “artist at work” for the Stiwdio Maelor Open Day yesterday. I offered to work on a drawing during the open day, mainly because I hadn’t much work to put on the walls. It worked out well, as it reduced the pressure on the team of helpers painting the walls (one less room to do); got me back into the swing of working after a time away from the studio, gave the visitors something else to look at, and generated quite a bit of interest in its’ own right. The piece started off as part of the Dyfi Osprey Project/Dovey Junction walking drawing, but – as usual – soon became more to do with the actual process of making, and is probably “about” the Open Day, if its’ about anything. Thank you very much to Veronica Calarco for allowing me space to make the work, and exhibit it in the window of Stiwdio Maelor.
Stiwdio Maelor – rather late in the day. February 2016
In practical terms of “stuff” done during my residency, I filled half a sketchbook with daily drawings, paintings and trial prints, jottings and collages. I made a tiny relief plate (linocut, collagraph) every day, not with any particular finished print in mind, but more for the discipline of Making Something. I walked every day – although not very far in the pouring rain – drew the walks and collected interesting bits and pieces. These look suspiciously like the bits and pieces I collected the last time I was in Corris, and very like the stuff lying in my studio at home from the Thomas Pennant project. This stuff is euphemistically known as “resource material”, but is in fact incipient compost.
Thanks to all involved in the project, and here’s to the next time.