After going to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, I was trying to analyse why I was so inspired. I think it was the variety of techniques used by so many artists using different mediums and totally varied techniques. So as I view the exhibition at Ashtorre I feel the same thing. There are painting images that are inspired by music, pen and ink drawings that I’ve seen the instigation of at Looe, monotype prints in circles using different tools for mark making. I gaze admiringly at different methods of print making including drypoint, linoprinting, collagraph and chine colle. I linger by abstract oil painting and collage and I’m inspired by the minimal lines of life drawing. There are many more techniques used here to make art. What can other people see here?
I've been asked to explain my work so here goes... mine is mainly a graphic or drawing approach. Over the years I’ve enjoyed working outdoors on large ink drawings and then completing them in the studio.
The series of FISHING BOATS AT LOOE were made like this, with quick indian ink drawings on the spot and patches of colour combined with the line in a free, unregistered way – so that the marks of colour sometimes overlap the line, flow away and have a life of their own.
Contrary to the Looe series, there is almost no illusion or visual description involved in the wood series – they are more concerned with instinct and intuition, but how do you compare the two different approaches…..? Richard