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Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Thursday 25th July 2019

I’ve been meaning to start this for a few days but finally now, trying to block out the thunder and lightning I am putting my focus into what I am typing.

(Crashes and electrical flashes in the background)

This week I put a series of drawings on display in a new vegan deli in Ipswich. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, however this is the first time I’ve been close to exhibiting anything since my MA Degree show in 2016. It feels like a big deal.

For the past year or so I have worked really hard at maintaining a constant flow of commissions. This means I have very little time to paint anything else. I always carry a sketchbook with me and always see this as my practice, with no intention of selling my sketches. Recently I have discovered single line drawing - a continuous line to depict the image. I really love this method, I feel as though I have discovered something that comes naturally and flows. More recently I have been experimenting with watercolours and single line - I am currently using Muji ballpoint pens which are water soluble. After lots of trial and error I have adopted a method of applying watercolour layers onto (preferably) 140lb 300 gsm watercolour paper. Once dry I then apply the single line, hoping to not need to apply anymore colour!

I don’t remember if I mentioned it on here before or not, but a couple of years ago I taught myself to draw with my non dominant hand (right). I now rarely use my left hand to draw, but I still paint with my dominant left hand.

This means all of my work is now ambidextrous - drawn with my right and painted with my left.

My next interest is to learn to draw with both hands at the same time, however not symmetrically - I want each hand to lead and to draw a separate thing. For instance, if I am drawing a person sitting at a table, I would like my left hand to be drawing the form and the body of the person whilst my right captures the table. If I am drawing a face I would like my left to draw the nose whilst my right draws the ears. Etc.

Many of my recent single line drawings have technically been two lined as they have been drawn with both hands at the same time.

Peace :)

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