April 18, 2014
3m × 1.5m of grey wool (plus one curious cat) - I’m going to wash, rip, and generally distress the material over the weekend and it will form part of the costume for my next series of photographs (the ones I’ve written about here).

3m × 1.5m of grey wool (plus one curious cat) - I’m going to wash, rip, and generally distress the material over the weekend and it will form part of the costume for my next series of photographs (the ones I’ve written about here).

April 18, 2014

Good morning!

Brighton is bright and sunny this fine Friday morning, and I don’t have to work at my day job until Tuesday, so the next few days will be spent relaxing and drawing.

Yes, I’m in a good mood.

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April 17, 2014
Thursday night

…and the wine is open and drunk. This is glorious.

April 16, 2014
Unrealised Art Projects - April 2014

I always have more ideas than I will ever have time to actually do or volunteers to help with/model for.

So I make lists and start from the top and work down as far as I am able. I keep them in a document on my computer. Occasionally I re-order the items in the list to reflect my current priorities.

Here’s today’s snapshot:

  1. A series of photographs as described/sketched here. Drawings based on these photographs.
  2. Small sculptures made of roots/branches/feathers and other woodland detritus, held together by twine and pine resin. Human figures or abstract shapes? Possibly both.
  3. Series of photographs: A person completely painted white against a white or yellow/brown or black background. Smudged charcoal ritual markings half-camouflaging the figure. Glares at camera. Some shots blurred from rapid movement. Classical marble statues juxtaposed with prehistoric body paint. Ur-hunter.
  4. Series of photographs: A human back, shot as a horizontal landscape. Low-angled light makes a mountain range out of the spine and plateaus out of shoulder blades.
  5. Short piece of video: Three costumed figures (Harlequinade? Commedia dell’arte?) dart between pillars in a baroque interior, filled with ornate chairs and gold-framed oil paintings. Then suddenly slow to half normal speed, then propelled into inhumanly fast. The figures’ relationship with time is different to ours. One’s face suddenly fills the screen, taking an interest in the camera, then flits away at unnatural speed.
  6. A series of photographs of recreations of classical statues. Body & hair painted white, and draped with white cloth.
  7. A series of photographs wearing deep crimson Venetian-style carnival mask. Very tight focal length, so that the body is very blurred and only the mask is in sharp focus (or vice versa).

April 16, 2014
Our cats, last night.

Our cats, last night.

April 16, 2014

Just back home from work, and really looking forward to 4 days off starting after tomorrow.

The upside of this job is that I’ve built up enough money to pay for art equipment/materials, pay people who model for me, and so on. :)

The downside is that I’m often tired and have little spare time to devote to artwork.

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April 15, 2014

Having successfully finished a new drawing over the weekend, I want to do one more over the bank holiday weekend, and some more photography the weekend after that.

So once again I am in search of a volunteer to model for the photography.

April 14, 2014
lazcorp:

The Blindfolded Seeress (view larger version on my website)
Charcoal & Chalk on Cartridge Paper, 420 mm × 594 mm. © 2014 Paul Watson (http://lazcorp.tumblr.com)
Pretty sure it’s finished now (although I do have a tendency to go back and add more layers if I don’t stop myself). Even though I didn’t manage to arrange the photoshoot for this weekend I don’t feel too bad because I completed this instead.

Resisting the urge to work more into this drawing - I think I need to consider it complete.

lazcorp:

The Blindfolded Seeress (view larger version on my website)

Charcoal & Chalk on Cartridge Paper, 420 mm × 594 mm.
© 2014 Paul Watson (http://lazcorp.tumblr.com)

Pretty sure it’s finished now (although I do have a tendency to go back and add more layers if I don’t stop myself). Even though I didn’t manage to arrange the photoshoot for this weekend I don’t feel too bad because I completed this instead.

Resisting the urge to work more into this drawing - I think I need to consider it complete.

April 13, 2014
The Blindfolded Seeress (view larger version on my website)
Charcoal & Chalk on Cartridge Paper, 420 mm × 594 mm. © 2014 Paul Watson (http://lazcorp.tumblr.com)
Pretty sure it’s finished now (although I do have a tendency to go back and add more layers if I don’t stop myself). Even though I didn’t manage to arrange the photoshoot for this weekend I don’t feel too bad because I completed this instead.

The Blindfolded Seeress (view larger version on my website)

Charcoal & Chalk on Cartridge Paper, 420 mm × 594 mm.
© 2014 Paul Watson (http://lazcorp.tumblr.com)

Pretty sure it’s finished now (although I do have a tendency to go back and add more layers if I don’t stop myself). Even though I didn’t manage to arrange the photoshoot for this weekend I don’t feel too bad because I completed this instead.

April 12, 2014

I really like this, it feels ancient.

Thank you :)

Yes, I’m pleased with it so far. Really hoping I don’t ruin it when I work into it with some white chalk tomorrow!

April 12, 2014
Work continues on the drawing. It’s quite big (A2 sized - 16.5” x 23.4”).
I’m probably going to leave it like this for tonight, then start working in some white chalk over the top of it tomorrow.

Work continues on the drawing. It’s quite big (A2 sized - 16.5” x 23.4”).

I’m probably going to leave it like this for tonight, then start working in some white chalk over the top of it tomorrow.

April 12, 2014
Going to try a different technique on this one and work with tones rather than using short sharp marks. Just to see how it goes.

Going to try a different technique on this one and work with tones rather than using short sharp marks. Just to see how it goes.

April 12, 2014
Finally started some new artwork - a charcoal drawing based on one of my Blindfolded Seeress photographs.

Finally started some new artwork - a charcoal drawing based on one of my Blindfolded Seeress photographs.

April 12, 2014
Cats prowling in the studio,  which is getting some sunlight for a change

Cats prowling in the studio, which is getting some sunlight for a change

April 11, 2014
This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   
    They may not mean to, but they do.   
They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,   
Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.
- by Phillip Larkin