I have spent the last two days in a classroom with the John Henry Newman School Film Club. It has been so lovely to observe them in their creative process. They spent all day yesterday filming their stop-motion paper-cut animation projects. Their ideas are simple and imaginative, their animations both delightful and inspiring. The staff keep thanking me for being there but I can’t imagine a more lovely way to spend my time.

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It was reiterated recently on a program discussing modern art, that the importance of observational drawing has underestimated in art training in recent years. I felt pleased to be involved with two institutions who are correcting the balance. I currently spend 9 hours a week teaching students to draw, sculpt and paint from life and another 3 doing my own drawing. It is a satisfying way to spend my time.


“Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash” by Giacomo Balla, 1912. As a child I was given a book called The Enchanted World, it was an eclectic collection of artists and the results of their imaginations. The painting above and the lion from Alexander Calder’s circus were the two images I loved the most. I think in observing this image, I had my first understanding of how time worked and how it could be represented visually. The animator in me still loves this painting.



Next week I begin teaching a life drawing class about movement for animation. I am excited about it because the poses we generally draw from are completely static. It will be great to create action in the class and the drawings.


I spent the weekend basking in the most glorious sunshine, and we joked at the time the that was the end of summer. In fact I think it was, this week is grey and autumnal, and I am head down preparing lectures for the coming semester. Tomorrow, I am running a life drawing workshop at Gravelly Barn, the first in a series of three, we are going back to basics, proportion, mark-making and structure. We will all need to get the creativity flowing once again after our long summer.

The Universal Drift

This weekend just gone saw my first gallery exhibition for some time. It took place at Gravelly Barn in Braughing, a group show of local artists with proceeds going to a number of cancer charities. It was a beautiful show and a pleasure to be involved. Photographs of the work produced can be seen on the gallery page. It feels like the beginning of a larger series, I am excited to see what happens next.


Resistors are featuring in my world this week. I have been buying them for my electronic experiments and I find them extremely pleasing in both function and form. My chiropractor (Network Spinal Analysis) also used them as an example today, apparently I was running too much current, time to reduce the flow just a little.