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Quick trip to the studio before Christmas…

I finally got back in the studio today after about 6 weeks! It looked very neat and tidy in there but luckily not so tidy that it was intimidating … … and I’d left a piece to finish off, which a […]

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“For when there is dancing again”

For when there is dancing again is the first of a series of minimalist collages I have wanted to do for some time. One of them has been sitting waiting to be pasted and drawn/painted for over a year. Fear […]

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“A Title Stolen From Another Painting”

“A Title Stolen From Another Painting” is more lyrical than my usual style, yet it has its origins in some black and white minimalist collages I did before I started this project. I wanted to make something less stark but […]

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expanding and developing

Semester one complete and much work done too. And I am not stopping just because I have no access until January. There is sketchbook work I want to do, reflecting on practice, and I can prepare new work stencils etc. […]

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And They Will Never Leave Me Behind

The title of And They Will Never Leave Me Behind, 32/50 Collages Before Christmas, relates back to number 26 in the series. It’s really a sketch for a much bigger work and I had been intending to try it out […]

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“Like Isis” – and I mean the Egyptian deity!

I’m really getting behind on posting about this project – I am not even keeping up with production on Twitter! The main reason is the lack of light and the lack of time. The images are really bad because winter […]

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Probably not ready the first time

I find it interesting how two ideas can become one. The sprayed and cockled slotted paper was headed for another collage but got hijacked by this. Probably not ready the first time (29/50) is one of my favourites in the […]

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Nobody Ever Expects That Kinda Stuff

Sometimes with collage you can find yourself adding more and more pieces: with this, 28/50 Collages Before Christmas, I found myself cutting smaller and thinner pieces and discarding lots – but they might turn up in another collage coming your way […]

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It Was Ever Thus (But A Bit Different)

Number 27 of 50 Collages Before Christmas is “It Was Ever Thus (But A Bit Different)“. I suppose it’s from my Tidelines work and has its root in my local Jurassic Coast, especially Charmouth, but these juxtapositions have become continual […]

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progress

Progress is good.  The Simalcrum series is about halfway through now. And interaction with students is good. Earlier this week one of the students I had met earlier came in to discuss our attendance patterns and use of the vacuum […]

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After Meeting At Michael’s It Was Mayhem

I said I may not be able to post while I’m away but I thought it would be good to make an effort so here is After Meeting At Michael’s It Was Mayhem, number 25 of 50 Collages Before Christmas. […]

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Number 24 and a little update

Just in case anyone is actually following my progress on this little 50 Collages Before Christmas project, I want to assure you that all is going fine. I have been steadily working on multiple pieces a the same time but […]

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Mixing It With Maurice In The Morning

The quality of photographs for this project is mostly pretty poor and Mixing It With Maurice In The Morning, 23/50 Collages Before Christmas, is one of the worst. I haven’t got the time – or at present with collages in […]

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“Lao’s Time”

Apart from two pieces cut from a catalogue, the materials of this are my drawing and painting on to various materials – either recycling other work that didn’t work or made especially for collage. The title for 22/50 Collages Before […]

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“Making Up For Lost Time”

Another direction and style for number 21, Making Up For Lost Time, using mostly my photography plus a bit of created acrylic texture complimented by found graphic material. Yes the bees are mine too!

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“Gone The Days Of Rainbows”

The 20th of 50 Collages Before Christmas is “Gone The Days Of Rainbows”, a minimalist offering that harks back to collage work that I did a couple of years back in the way of studies for large paintings that I […]

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“Two Blacks Don’t Make A White”

The title of this piece, “Two Blacks Don’t Make A White”, apart from it’s playful aspect, is purely descriptive. It is not so noticable in this reproduction, but the upper and lower forms are subtly different blacks. The upper shape […]

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“Nobody Knew The Cure”

I wasn’t sure where this one (18/50 Collages Before Christmas) was going for a while and the photograph of one of my erasure drawings in progress kept prompting me to erase or redact it all! Nevertheless I kept pretty much […]

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“Sometimes There’s Very Little Point”

Sometimes There’s Very Little Point and sometimes you just have to be bold and slosh paint on expensive, fine handmade paper and then cut it up and splosh paste all over it, risking tearing it, and stick it on something […]

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“Beginner’s Mind”

Here’s what happens when the first idea doesn’t work. In most cases when I start a piece of work I have a pretty good idea of what I want to achieve and how the finished piece will look. Sure there […]

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“I’ll Find You In A Minute Or Two”

I wonder if my love for simple, minimal and uncluttered artwork is as much a message to self that it is time to tidy up my life as it is a symptom of my time spent in graphic design or […]

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“Did you mean that?”

The 14th piece in the project is “Did you mean that?” It features some of my favourite themes: a rook; black and white; a grid; and symbols. In this case the symbols are wingdings I set out on a grid. […]

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Can’t Compare

I am getting confused. I know I published a post on this piece last night but it seems to have disappeared. Like the post on number 10 it will probably reappear and I will have a duplicate! There always comes […]

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