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Today the wind has dropped to a modest breeze – but as a result the clouds are almost static making the sky an overall light grey with just an occasional glimpse of blue. So while the normal strong winds create excitement in the landscape, this quieter weather is easier to work in  – especially for recording sound.

This season I have concentrated more on the ambient noises of the dig rather than recorded narrative – quiet discussions with the background sounds of scraping, shovelling and wheelbarrows. A good one made today while doing this drawing of scraping.

However some activities are silent – like ‘planning’, which is making detailed drawings of the archaeology. (The floating feet are an extension of the figure because the drawing went off the page…)

The Rock Lady continues to supply bags of ‘sweeties’ containing stones that make coloured marks, and I continue to collect these lovely shades of ochre.

These, together with more background videos are combining in my mind with my oil paintings and the ambient sound recordings. Not sure where this is leading but it’s stuff to do back in my studio.


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