14 October, 2009 at 5:25 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


I started this piece with a chalk sketch of a lovely 10-year-old I know. She has a beautiful wavy blond mane and a lovely singing voice, neither of which shows up here. I love her eyebrows, their angle gives her a vulnerable look.

Sometimes when I sit down to compose a new picture I can’t figure out how to start, the visual equivalent of writer’s block, I suppose.  Suddenly I can’t remember how, as if I’d never done it before, and I swear it happens every third time I sit down to sketch out something new – absolutely ridiculous.

After struggling for a couple hours somehow I finally tap into it, then spend the rest of the night sketching out new pieces.  Until when I should be getting up the next morning.

Luckily, there’s the work of creating the final versions before I do it all again.


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23 September, 2009 at 6:56 am (art, blue-eyed crow, life, work) (, , , , , )


My three+ months of travel will come to an end soon, it’s odd making that transition from mobile to stationary.  No more thinking about which stamps to use, or how much money to exchange, and no scramble to get Ryan Air boarding passes printed to avoid a penalty at the airport that is bigger than my ticket cost.  Post-travel life always feels so quiet, too quiet, but it will be nice to have predictable internet access, plus it’s easier to cook in my own kitchen.  Except that I love to eat but am not that wild about cooking, so I don’t care about that last one.  Oh well.

In these last weeks I’m getting a bit of work done, but I have several pieces that I am 90% happy with and can’t decide what the missing 10% is, very frustrating.

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28 August, 2009 at 10:00 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, life, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


I’m never sure whether I should write on bad days, but I’m thinking that until I get enough distance to make it sounds funny it’s probably best not to, eh?

It was nothing horrible, I’m just a delicate flower when it comes to a few certain things.  Well, ok, I’m a delicate flower that lifts heavy weights and skilfully wields a pick-axe, but other than that…

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18 November, 2008 at 1:10 am (art, work) (, , , , , , , , )


These are a couple preliminary sketches for the bookplates.  There is a crow flying away right outside the frame in the one above, I haven’t decided whether to put it in the trees or not.

When I’m in the first stage of creating I’m excited by a thousand ideas and have a hard time winnowing the number down, the second stage is me loving the piece I’m working on. As soon as I get near to completing a project I suddenly don’t like it at all, and when I finish I can’t wait for it to be gone.  I never have a problem with falling in love with my work and not being able to let it go.


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5 November, 2008 at 12:31 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , )


I think I’m going to have to do a hundred sketches of the various layers before I’m happy with this beetle.


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4 November, 2008 at 5:48 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , )


The original of this is about an inch tall, it is part of the assemblage that I was making wings for yesterday.

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