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Work in progress

It may have seemed a little quiet on this blog – but there is lots of post residency work in progress. The first 8 minutes of a film is available on Vimeo here.  I’m trying to make it about the experience of […]

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Exhibition update

The lack of blog for the last few weeks has been due to intense activity preparing for the first exhibitions of the project at 44AD, Bath. For the month of November, I am featured artist with a display of pictures […]

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Project update

It’s been over two years since I collaborated with archaeologist Keir Strickland to undertake a research trip to the abandoned island of Swona, in August 2014. Swona is just over a mile long and half a mile wide and lies in the […]

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Work continues

This week I have managed to make three and a half minutes of film.  Some technical problems due to confusion over pixel aspect ratio have delayed further achievement – but things are moving along now.  Here are a few stills from the work […]

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Assembling images

Work continues slowly on preparing images and sound for a film about my Ness of Brodgar residency. I’m aiming to create a ‘painting’ rather than a documentary. Here is a compilation of drawings, to be used as a key image.  Let’s hope […]

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Annotating sound files

No  visuals to show this week – but I have finally finished annotating all the sound files. From my daily Drawing Journal on Facebook: headphones and the ongoing mug of tea…

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First edits

I have now begun to put the drawings and sounds together. It is slow work and will take all my time over the next few weeks.  The first clip, available on Vimeo, is of archaeologists digging. If all goes well […]

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Technical difficulties

Although I have now completed an online version of my Orkney journal, I am having difficulties in getting it to work online. Another update will follow as soon as the problem is resolved. In the meantime, here is a drawing […]

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A conference & computer work

The first two days of this week were spent at the Drawing Research Network conference, ‘Tracing The Bridge’, where I hoped to learn about projects that are using drawing as a ‘bridge’ to other disciplines.  Although I did not find any […]

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Preparing the preparations

This week has been mainly studio housework in preparation for developing the material collected during the residency. In between clearing the decks, I have been re-scanning all my sketches as high resolution images on a flat bed scanner, and regaining the […]

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Back in the studio

Now that the residency is over, I am starting to analyse the material collected and prepare to develop work in my studio. This blog will be updated each week with a post about the progress of my project. So far I […]

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Final two days at The Ness of Brodgar

Day 20 The weather kept the site closed all day so I used the time to get other things done. In the morning I went to the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall to measure up a small room, for an exhibition […]

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Day 19 – Time running out

There are now only three days left of my residency here at the Ness of Brodgar.  We had fine weather today but the forecast is so bad for tomorrow that the site will be closed.  In order not to lose […]

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The final week begins

Saturday In the afternoon, I gave a talk about my residency at the Pier Arts Centre. The room was full, with a mixed audience of local people, archaeologists and others from the site.  After giving some background to my work […]

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Day 16 – a fine day at last

This morning I visited Orkney Museum in Kirkwall for a meeting about a potential exhibition there next year. They have a small space next to the Archaeology rooms, which is ideal.  It is great to be able to visualise a place […]

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Day 15 – mostly indoors

Bad weather meant people were more willing to give me 15 minutes of their time to come indoors and have their portraits drawn. But some intrepid archaeologists kept going. Today’s portraits Catriona supervisor in Structure 8 and Ben supervisor in Trench 10 Mark and […]

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Day 14 – on and off site

This morning the site was closed so I spent some time preparing my talk for Saturday at the Pier Arts Centre.  It’s called Work in Progress and is quite hard to put together, as the work to date is really […]

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Day 13 on site

Today I met two experts who showed me treasures. Pottery specialist, Roy, who let me draw a magnificent piece of a Neolithic pot and a small piece of fired clay, with what appears to be the impression of a finger. Afterwards, the ‘Rock […]

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Day 12 on site

Two portraits this morning, with sound recordings explaining archaeological procedures, in the trench and for finds. While waiting to draw Anne, I was able to draw her being filmed with an expert examining a find. This afternoon, I made a number […]

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Day 11 – Open Day

Today was Open Day on the Ness of Brodgar Dig.  Despite bad weather crowds of people came to see how the excavations are progressing.  The rain limited my drawing time but I managed two drawings during the (almost) dry spells. […]

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Day 10 – a day off site

Today, the dig had a day off, because everyone will be working on Sunday for the Open Day. So I spent the day visiting old haunts and thinking about the project. The residency is half way through and I have begun […]

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Day 9 – in and out of the rain

Rain stopped all action for the morning so I spent a few hours considering work to date and how it might be best to proceed. There is too much going on in my head to write about it here but I can say […]

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Day 8 – in the trenches

A wet and windy day meant intermittent drawing, mainly in the shelter of the trenches.  It was good to get in close to the action and see real traces of Neolithic human activity. A heap of burnt material piled up […]

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Day 7

High winds this morning made taking the tarpaulins off a bit of a challenge. The other side of archaeology – paperwork and endless measuring Excitements of the day – 1 Getting into a trench and painting a row of little red flags […]

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