Thursday, 26 November 2015
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Tom Wilson's work is documentation and meticulous observation from nature and from gathered natural findings. His house holds the makings of a fantastic museum of bird pellets, hides, bones, skulls, nests and other untold and unspeakable treasures, that hopefully will one day be available to everyone through a museum or series of books.
A tiny adventure made magical by catching up with a good friend and the gift of his wisdom and knowledge. Above: are some images from a sand stone cliff in Ayr of Cupping circles, prehistoric marks on the rock, Below: some beautiful lichen.
Tom Wilson is incredibly knowledgeable about everything but especially natural history and geology so it is fantastic to spend time with this wonderful man and get a glimpse of his world.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Today I am traveling to the west coast to catch up with an old art school colleague Tom Wilson. Tom's work was always rooted in his love of the wilderness and flora and fauna. Here are some examples of his studies of nests and the wing and feather quarry of a sparrow hawk.
I am looking forward to experiencing his local knowledge and guide skills and experiencing the wilds of Ayrshire on a wild late November day.
Monday, 23 November 2015
Norbert Schwontkowski's (1949-2013) work is bleak with its grey palette and yet full of humour and those magical observations of daily life. His work reminds me of a monochrome answer to Mary Newcomb's colourful sightings of the characters of Norfolk.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Barbara's own works are bright, narratives on life. This piece called; 'Stair way to Heaven' with its loving couple floating is very Chegalian but it also has a graphic dynamism and powerful colour of Brian Wildmith or Kveta Pacovska.
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Here are some works from Portuguese illustrator Mariana Rio's current exhibition at Ó! Galeria. on display until the 19th December. The 'imaginary places' illustrated here are delightful, they make me wonder at what the world would be like if there was collaboration between illustrators like Mariana and architects to create schools and spaces for children.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Coqué Azcona is a Spanish illustrator for whom words are her line, her art being a visual poetry. These insect like drawings remind me of mosquitoes or midges that maybe have been sucking at peoples thoughts rather than their blood.
Thursday, 19 November 2015
I love it when the chickens lay odd eggs. I only have one layer at the moment and considering it is dark cold and very wet I was very proud of her yesterday when she produced this tiny egg, a lovely surprise on a dreek morning.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Monday, 16 November 2015
This book by Alan Bennett is one of my favorites and so when I saw that a film was being made I was very excited, and with Maggie Smith cast as the leading role and Alex Jennings as the two sides of Alan Bennett it was a perfect adaptation, with moments of genius, well worth seeing.
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Above: images from Tracey Smith's 'Beauty and the Beast' created for for the Waterstones ‘Picture This’ competition.
Below: sketches in her sketchbook of beasts.
For months now I have been in happy anticipation of the winter program of Picture Hooks at the Scottish National Gallery and today was the first event hosted by illustrator Tracey Smith with author Vivian French.
Picture Hooks is a mentoring programme which pairs up established illustrators with recent graduates and it is in it's second year.
It is always fascinating and insightful to see the working processes of children's book authors and illustrators and learn various tricks and tips for inspiring, creative working practice.