Giotto (1267-1337)
fresco
This work is the ‘touch stone’ of my project. St Francis is present in the moment as he communes with the beings around him. For me this speaks of a tremendous sense of interconnectedness that my project seeks also to reveal, – I want to do this in a contemporary way which moves beyond particular cultures and religions.giotto

visitors

May 28, 2009

So far when I am working I have not listened to music prefering the general sounds of the environment. I am also visited regularly by local wildlife.  As if to welcome my project a willy wagtail dropped into my studio on the second day.communication without words

inside the studio

inside the studio

time machine

May 28, 2009

observation tower

to look up

May 28, 2009

looking up

painting movement

May 28, 2009

I have painted images from photographs before using methods to project or trace the image, however it is very different to use a camera obscura. Why? Because the branches in the trees move, tremble and shake. Birds dart past. Everything is movement.painting in progresspainting in progress 2 The light changes too so that some of the image shifts in colour, changing in intensity and brillance.

from above

May 21, 2009

On sunday the 17th of may I made my portable tent structure to have an opening from above. In many ways, looking up, it appeared to be an iris – an eye. I set up a table and positioned the lens to be fixed some 30cms above my table so that the camera obscura image would project onto my paper. This small chamber was reasonably dark whilst outside was bathed in brilliant sunshine. Looking up I could see the light streaming through the aperture. I slowly began to work my brushes with watercolour. The outside world (from above – trees, branches and sky) was projected (upside-down)  onto my page. The chamber gave me a tremendous sense of focus and privacy. It was strange that I could look down and see the world above me in fine soft detail as it moved over my page. It added an extra sensitivity to my line knowing that no-one could see me make these marks even though I had a window through to the world. As I painted in meditative silence I could see tiny flashes of light catch the wings of the insects and sometimes the shadows of birds darting through the branches. To see the world in this inverted way gave me a sense of seeing it afresh. The process of viewing and drawing slowed down my encounter with mundane, everyday experiences.  As I worked I was suddenly astonished to witness a small plane appear to drift overhead, cutting across the corner of my page.

I paused and held  up a page up to the light to see my marks resembling  a Chinese drawing.the eyewatercolourto hold an image

sunday 17th may 2009

May 21, 2009

from the gloom

from the gloom

studio 9 th may I have been conducting simple experiments with a camera obscura. Simply by using a magnifying glass suspended in front of my canvas I have been bewitched by the play of light dancing on my page.

the world upside down

the world upside down

Hello world!

May 14, 2009

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