Saturday, 5 October 2013

Tree abstracts

I took these photos at Brayton Barff, the local woods I have been photographing on and off for over two years, now.  I keep returning to these striking white trunks which stand out like chalk lines against a darker background.  In fact, this motif has been used by the artist David Blackburn in more abstract terms.  I met him a couple of times and saw some of his work in progress, which was exciting.

I also tried to get more of a black and white contrast in some of these pictures, as I thought the subject reminded me of bar codes.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

A third graphite piece.

This piece extends the range of mark-making.  As well as using a brush to apply the graphite powder, I have used a strip of mount board to create various expressive marks.  I like how using the powder allows for a mark to change in tone as it is repeated or extended.

Friday, 6 September 2013


Due to circumstances, I am currently working with limited materials and space.  I have started working with graphite powder and pencil, in an attempt to get back to 'basics'.  The graphite powder I am applying with a brush, and am aiming for similar effects as with my pastel and oil works.

This is a beginning of what I hope will grow and develop into an extensive series.



Monday, 13 May 2013

Old Books

Old books are just great objects!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Changing Industrial Landscape

My good friend Hamish invited me to go out with him on a photo-taking trip last Sunday.  He had been recording the remains of buildings in between various stages of demolition at a local industrial site.  Over time, we had each photographed aspects of the site.  On this visit, most of what I had photographed previously was now gone.  What remained were shapes and marks, signs of the former presence of structures.

                                          Above: Before     Below: After

                                         Above: The rusted aspect of the storage tanks.
                                         Below: A rusty old can at the edge of the site.

                                         I liked the degraded numbers on the tanks, now gone.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Grave Situation

Now I know this might seem rather morbid, but recently, I have become curious about the many gravestones in the churchyard that have become overgrown. The small areas which are yet visible drew my eye. I wonder if they should all be fully restored as social history, and as a reminder of the saints (and sinners!) who have gone before?

Sunday, 10 March 2013

When will Winter wend it's way?

Winter just keeps coming back!

This is the view from out of my studio window.  I've cropped them to emphasise the textures and the geometric shapes.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Shadowy Patterns

I was visiting at my mother's house, and when I am there I usually try to take a few photographs of people or things.  Recently, my Shadow Laughter co-conspirator and I watched Hitchcock's movie, 'Rebecca'.  We were continuously surprised by the use of shadows to break up expanses of wall, or simply to add texture to many of the scenes.  This was fresh in my mind while I was at my mother's, and I photographed some shadowy textures that I noticed around the house during sunny weather.  The shadow of the light-fitting on the ceiling interested me, too.

Friday, 15 February 2013


We don't see Mike too often, unfortunately.  So it's always great when he visits.

Sunday, 3 February 2013


Having spent time on the amateur stage, I have a penchant for inventing characters which appear in photographs.  This aspect of my creativity is influenced by the artist Cindy Sherman, whose work I really enjoy and admire.  Here are some of the photos of my characters:


'Homage to Picasso'


'Black and White Man'


'A British Summer'

'An emergence'