Monday, 23 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- The Red Mist

He was her means to an end, and she means business. He saw her mean streak but loved her anyway. She was the mother he could love, and the lover that consumed him. Together they lived inside the red mist.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- She Knew

She knew he knew. She liked knowing he knew. She spent so much time re papering the inside of her head she didn't hear his pain, that was a relief.

I was advised recently by an art critic that removing text from my work would make it more powerful. He offered his tips (I didn't ask for them!) generously and without prejudice. Work should speak for it's self and I should stop trying to control the narrative. I can see what he is saying. I only use text in my sketchbook and not on 'stand alone' pieces. But this has got me thinking. I do tend to work instinctively and the words are meant to illuminate not dominate. If any of you read this far I'd love to hear other opinions. Are the words a distraction?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Old Sketchbook pagesSometimes roses

Add Sometimes roses don't smell of anything much.

The ultimate weapon.
These pages are from an old 2006 sketchbook. I am always surprised by the changes in content and style. Naturally I only post the pages I can stomach to the rest doesn't past muster in my opinion.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- Look Behind Me

I smile with open eyes never knowing which way the wind is blowing. Everything carries on breathing while my back is turned, then dies.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- A Plague Of Angels

The flies were a nuisance but no more so than the prim little cherubim; the little voices of conscience sent to plague us. God's mini tax inspectors keeping track of what is given and taken. The spare room held so many casualties of my war. So many stinking corpses I love too much to bury. So many shining hearts that now stain my clean floors with their decomposing compositions. As their grip loosens, I hold on a little bit tighter.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- The Sin Eater

The sin eater would absorb everyone's transgressions till her very DNA hummed with danger. Her serene skin held in a sausage of unspoken fury. He misread her signs and risked his all.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- Bobby

I looked into my own eyes but I couldn't see the sea. I was still a long way from home. I was born behind my bedroom curtain in the dead of night. My mother was talking dirty in another room. Neither my mum or dad ever knew I was missing. I was too bad to tell them.

Sketchbook 'Unresolved' work

        A few more pages of my rough' sketch book where I work out drawings, record ideas and generally vomit up the unresolved stuff.
I seem to enjoy the therapy of collage more and more these days. The challenge of sorting through boxes of collected material for just the right piece is very relaxing. The images I use have to be found from magazines, old books, charity shops anywhere really. But never generated for the purpose that is my one sacred rule, it would make the process too easy and deny me the thrill of the chase.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Moleskine Pages- She Never Walked On Water

She never walked on water but she could lie on a bed for days until everyone came to her. It was easier that way. She sailed through open blue days keeping her shit together. In time the circle closed and she sank back into her bed...forever.
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