Work of the Week: Organised Scribbles

1.7 'Early Morning', Pastel, 2003, 45 x 45cm

'Early Morning'

‘This was the first of my ‘organised scribbles’. I drew this after a particularly beautiful early morning walk through the countryside near Irvine. The low early sun was so bright that I could see very little, just the vague shapes of odd trees and shrubs amidst the summer grasses’.

This drawing was created using hard, water soluble pastels. The drawing is built up in layers of scribbled pastel line, starting with very light and pale colours and gradually developing the drawing using brighter and darker ones. Putting down the first few layers is a pretty soul destroying and time consuming task and one which I’m always grateful for having one of the RNIB talking book machines and a good book to listen too! Once through this stage, the interesting part starts, I can work out what’s happening and where I’m going with the drawing. For me, the great thing about working in this fashion was that I’d found a way of working that didn’t need much sight but that still had the appearance of being quite detailed.

These early drawings were nearly all based on the local Irvine landscape and townscape. The harbourside where my studio is situated is a wonderful place, changing in mood from hour to hour as the tides ebb and flow and the weather moves in off the Firth of Clyde. The light, just like in the hills, is constantly changing but it’ never dull …even on the dullest of days. It can be equally stunning on a day of gales and rain as on a beautiful summer’s day. It was then for a while the focus of many of my new drawings.

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