Friday, 26 June 2015

'The Ending'

graphite, pastel and gesso on paper
40cm x 50cm

'Silently, reluctantly,
Break free from tomorrow'

The contrasting layers of dark and light are less integrated and more apparent in this piece. It appears as if the white that masks the subject is dissolving away and revealing the person behind which I hope captures the sense of meaning in the line of the poem. When I'm working in this way, I have to build up quite a bit of courage at times in order to paint over what I might feel is an already successful drawing. I'm making the under drawings with as much consideration and resolve as I would if I wasn't intending to paint over them. I can't afford to 'skimp' on the preliminary drawing as it just wouldn't work. Sadly, I do have a failure or two along the way which just so's you know, go straight in the bin...!  :) 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

'The Secret'

graphite, pastel and gesso on paper
65cm x 45cm

'I look across the space and see 
A whole new world that I could be
a part of...'

I've used the ancient symbolism of the rose in this piece. The rose has been used since ancient times to denote secrecy. In mythology Aphrodite gave a rose to her son Eros as a sign to keep her indiscretions hush hush! I've also attached to the drawing another line from my poem. 

Friday, 5 June 2015

'Facing the Truth'

80cm x 60cm
charcoal, pastel and gesso on paper

'And while I sit here wondering why, 
My time without a trace runs by, 
And I am left forgotten' 

I've used the above lines from the end of a poem to capture the feeling in this piece. The subject is taken from one of my much earlier series of drawings which I've always promised myself I would return to, to develop the drawings further...and now at long last I have! And I must say it's a very satisfying feeling to fulfil a promise!  The lines of poetry fit nicely with the image and add another dimension to the work. I attributed the lines after I'd made the drawing, so they have in a sense, become an extension of the work. 
By the way, in case you were wondering...the lines are not appropriated, they are taken from one of my own no ensuing copyright issues on the horizon:)