a map of hyper-space

Talking not Doing


So another bank holiday, another trip to the countryside. In the garden they have these huge yew hedges. They are certainly a challenge to draw. There is large pallet of greens and the volume aren’t quiet regular enough to be reliable.


Here’s the first sketch – working out where the problems are. imageIt’s a narrow path between a vertical yew hedge and a great big bulbous tree. I was sitting for all these attempts so my eye level, about four foot off the ground, is level with the bottom of the foliage. At the end of the left hand hedge was another at right angles – with a gate between. It wasn’t sunny but the light as okay (unlike Monday).

Here are two measured drawings, I was trying to get all the elements of the view situated. imageClose one eye and stick to it when measuring with your pencil. Comparing the two drawings you can see how towering the yew tree is. I could have touched it from my chair if I had tried. The false horizon of its summit is probably high that in the right had drawing, but I suspect I automatically shortened it to fit on the page.

Now here are two digital sketches. The colours drive me mad in this app, because you can’t save them in the free version.
The colours aren’t too bad in the first one, but the yew tree is too far back in the picture plan, it needs to be bursting out of the frame. I think this is because the curved marks that indicate volume are too tight so it makes it look as if you can see all of the tree.

I think the second sketch is more successful. You can see more of the left hedge, which balances up seeing the tree right in front of your nose.
There is a middle sketch with many of the mistakes of the first but none of its merits. I built up the images by laying down a background colour and drawing in the main constituents of the compositor. The I laid in flat colours for the different elements starting from the sky in the back ground and working forward. In RL there is a tree behind the perpendicular hedge but I don’t think anyone will miss it.


I’ve also been working on my pebble papers and filling up the Pink Stone book (to be added to the post in time). Lots of things to think about and plan for.

I will actually try a analog version of this view and one of last years hedge with cupolas, which it drew again at the week end



Maybe this is something i shoud have documented the other week, but i was too busy having fun (making messes). Here is some research and some more thoughts on the process of making pebble paper and what goes into a composition.

You also get a quick peek of the cactus – they have mainly survived the summer. Sorry it’s taken so long to post, but i’ve not really had my word head on the last couple of days. Read the rest of this entry »

In the pink

i’ve been busy packing this last week or so, but as you can see i did manage to fit in some work between wrangling boxes.



stones are small pieces of rock. they may be bigger than houses in some cases, but if they have fallen off a mountain then they are stones. stones come in a variety of sizes, some classify anything bigger than sand as gravel, others have a more nuanced gradation of descriptions.
Pebbles are between 4 and 64 mmm in diametre. Cobbles are between 64 and 256 mm in size. Boulders between 256 and 630 mm. large boulders are bigger. so while you can now pick out the correct stone in an identity parade, what is it that makes stones interesting to look at.
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Paper, scissors: Stones

a boot up the arse

on monday i was out in town with Phil. after a viewing of decadent book bindings we scooted off to find paper at Cornelissen on Great Portland Street. some time they have rolls of 10 sheets of A1 colour paper for a fiver which often find there way home with me. I was inspired to make some rock sheets and get back to my stones. On the way home i raided the paper department of Paperchase on Tottenham court road were they some times have stuff on sale – another £10 out of the wallet.

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DNA necklace

So, I think I have cracked the structure of the necklace.


On the the left is the first version. The backbones curly beautifully, but the cross links are too short. This pulls everything out of line. Making the cross link longer as the example in the middle shows gives everything room to move into the correct place.
The loom shows the lay out of the bands to make this design.
It is made the same way the curly triples are made in last weeks post. The increasing loops are placed on the parallel pegs. The cross links are put on at the same time; Looped on the next round and hooked off the peg towards the mid line. The increase loop comes every third band, and the links every sixth round.

This image shows the second version in more detail. It has been partially unwound so that the cross links can be more easily seen. The strand was left half finished on the loom for a few days and so had a straight bit in it for a while, that required a bit of manipulation a.

I still haven’t decided on the colour way. Using the repeat of three colours is useful to keep track of the structure, however it’s a bit overpowering.

I’ll edit this post as I progress in this project.


Turning corners

Usually when I get interested in a new technique I want to push the limits as far as possible. It keeps me from getting bored. So far I’ve been making bracelets and necklaces from tubes of bands. Up to a certain dimension the tubes have enough flexibility to curve enough to go around a neck or wrist. But if you want more control you need to be able to creat bends in your work Read the rest of this entry »

Show your work

Every week I try and have something nice and coherent to post here, which means that I don’t all ways manage to post something even though I have something planned. This week I am going to post the bits and pieces that I have gone so you can see what an mix and match my life is

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The queue and other English-isms

This is going to be a post in progress, so bare with me please.
I’ve been doing some drawing while in sw19, which has been frequently interrupted by rain and following quaint local customs. But I’ll attempt to document my progress here. Read the rest of this entry »


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