Friday 30 November 2007
This is the closest I've come to missing the deadline. I actually had to run to the post box - see how dedicated I am to this project! Of course, if I'd been a bit more dedicated I wouldn't have left it so late before sorting out that day's envelope but I'd been writing a blog post for Up All Night Again and time got away from me.
Posted: 11.59pm on 12.11.07
I was trying out something a little unusual here - this is a metalpoint drawing on acrylic gesso. Metalpoint is something I read about in The Drawing Book by Sarah Simblet, which I reviewed very positively over on Up All Night Again. I happened to have a brass tool sitting on the desk in my studio and was excited to accidentally discover that it made a mark on paper and an even better mark on gesso.
Simblet specifically discusses silverpoint in her book and says that it needs to be sealed to stop the marks turning brown. I didn't use any fixative on this drawing, so it will be interesting to see if it changes colour at all. However, since I used brass instead of silver it might be OK since I believe that brass is much less reactive to oxygen than silver.
Posted: 11.56pm on 10.11.07
I find this drawing quite strange and I've no idea where it came from. It looks almost like an enamelled brooch and it makes me think of landscape drawing, which is something that hasn't played much of a part in The Diary Project.
Posted: 9pm on 9.11.07
This drawing makes me think of marzipan. I've never liked marzipan, yet as a child I regularly made marzipan sweets to give as Christmas gifts to relatives. I loved to shape the soft almond dough into very detailed fruit shapes that I would then lovingly paint with food colouring. I wonder if the recipients ever actually ate them?
Posted: 11.53pm on 8.11.07
I've noticed myself becoming much more attracted to white on black as the Diary Project has evolved - there's something about that reversal that is very appealing to me. Perhaps I'll do a series of drawings using white ink on black paper next year.
Posted: 11.53pm on 7.11.07
Thursday 29 November 2007
Oops, I forgot to note when this envelope returned. My record keeping has generally been excellent on this project - I even have a data base of the contents so that I don't accidentally repeat myself - but occasionally, I mess up and forget to write something down.
Posted: 11.50pm on 5.11.07
Returned: ? Possibly 9.11.07
I discovered that the Pental ink brushes respond much better if you work very quickly, lightly and intuitively, which seemed to naturally result in this psuedo-Chinese style. I guess that's apt since the pen brush is made in China.
Posted: 11.50pm on 4.11.07
Saturday 24 November 2007
This envelope marks the first time that I used ordinary pencil in The Diary Project. I'd been wary of it because I was worried about smudging but I needn't have worried; using an HB pencil worked just fine. In real life, this drawing has that lovely shiny graphite quality to it.
Posted: 11.52pm on 31.10.07
My partner said "I like your mushrooms" but actually this drawing was inspired by an image of some ceramics on someone's blog but then I thought, 'oh well, maybe the ceramicist got their original inspiration from mushrooms'.
Posted: 9.44pm on 29.10.07
I had to go back through the scanned envelopes over on Flickr for this one because I thought I'd done one that was very similar. It turned out there was one but I decided they were different enough and far enough away to let this one through.
This drawing is also notable for being on the 300th envelope!
Posted: 10.47pm on 27.10.07
11.53pm seems to be one of my most popular posting times. This translates as "damn, there's only ten minutes to the deadline, I'd better go out and do it" - apparently there are exactly 3 minutes from putting my shoes on to reaching the post box. Often my envelope will have been completed for a while and I'm just putting off going out to post it, on other occasions I'll have been frantically drawing at the last minute.
Posted: 11.53pm on 26.10.07
Wednesday 21 November 2007
One of the things The Diary Project has taught me is how much I enjoy doing washes with ink. I've been experimenting with using washes on cartridge paper lately but it still tends to buckle; I think I need to try watercolour paper instead.
Posted: 10.57pm on 17.10.07
Sunday 18 November 2007
Wow, yet more thread imagery, I hadn't realised quite how strong a theme it was that week until I uploaded this particular chunk of images. Sometime images carry over for several days like this without me realising at the time.
Posted: 10.30pm on 14.10.07
Saturday 17 November 2007
The first appearance of purple in the Diary Project! I indulged in some new Inktense pencils because the set of 12 that I bought earlier in the year just didn't have enough colours for me. I now have all the colours except one, I'm still waiting for the art shop to get some more white pencils in. I didn't think the white would be useful but I've since discovered that you can use it to blend the colours together. New art materials are one of my favourite things in the world!
Posted: 8.55pm on 10.10.07
Wednesday 7 November 2007
I wish I'd made this drawing simpler and more spread out - it reads as too cluttered and fussy to me now. Doing this project has been a great lesson in acceptance for me. I'm one of those artists who will fiddle with things forever if you let me, so doing a project where I have to make a decision and then stand by it has been quite a challenge on occasion.
Posted: 10.10pm on 8.10.07
This drawing makes me think of embroidery. When I first started the project someone said they wanted to make embroideries inspired by some of my work, I wonder if they ever did?
I'm usually fine with people making work inspired by mine because all artists see things differently and what you end up with is rarely an exact copy of your starting point. Plus I get my inspiration from the things I see around me, including other people's art so it would be churlish to mind if other people are inspired by what I do. Anything that adds more art and creativity to the world is a good thing, in my view.
Posted: 9.30pm on 7.10.07
I like the simplicity of this little circle caught in an almost square. Although I'm apparently incapable of drawing parallel lines, I'm never tempted to use a ruler to make geometrical shapes because I prefer these more organic shapes.
Posted: 11.53pm on 6.10.07
Oh dear, I seem to be a month behind on these entries - how did that happen? Well, getting a stinking cold for several weeks certainly didn't help but it's mostly been because I've been blocked on what to say about the drawings. When I started out, I thought the drawings would be the hardest part but they've mostly been fairly straightforward. To my great surprise I've found writing the entries on this blog has consistently been the most difficult part of the project.
Posted: 11.533pm on 4.11.07