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Back on site

Something orange showing in the mud – a piece of oxidised pottery. Another piece slowly appears as the trowel gently scrapes away the earth crumb by crumb. Trying to draw the undulating stones like wafers, which I wrote about on […]

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Exhibition at The Orkney Museum

The Orkney Museum have given me a space, just off the Archeology display in Room 1, for an exhibition of work from my Artist’s Residency on the Ness of Brodgar in 2016. The show is now open and will continue until the end […]

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A fine day on site

A fine day on site at last, although the ever present wind makes the barrier tape rattle noisily on my sound recording. Quiet voices working on the final stages of Structure 14, where drawings are being made before stones are removed. […]

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Words and pictures

This year, I have begun writing as well as drawing, bearing witness to the activity on site.  So from now on, alongside drawings and paintings, I will be posting written observations rather than journal entries. Wind and rain.  Have to […]

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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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