Watch my new series unfold as I take to the streets, city and suburbs of Melbourne, with pen, ink, watercolour, and perhaps oil and canvas, in hand.
The journey begins from Point Ormond, previously known as Little Red Bluff, St.Kilda
One of the things that appeals to me about working with pen and ink directly on to paper, is the immediacy of being able to create a work.
It is very much a process of being in the moment and observing, deeply, that which is around you.
In many ways it is a form of reportage, taking notes and recording the dramas and things that unfold within that environment as they occur; things that are quite ordinary. I try to explore the connections between people and places.
A pen has the capacity to be moved quickly across a page, be it a sketchbook, a dinner menu or an expensive sheet of Arches water-colour paper. The quality of the surface matters little, the execution of line, however, is vital. Perceived errors must be ignored or reconsidered in order to complete the piece.
I see these works as not unlike fine threads, that when woven together create a larger, robust piece of cloth.
It is an enriching process, as it moves me, the artist, beyond the studio and places me very much within the sphere of action.
I become a willing participant within the work.
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