Saturday, 13 August 2011

Media Musings

The past few weeks have been spent working around the property but art-time has been spent trying to develop my work across a range of media. I find that switching approaches and spending a period of time exploring what different materials can offer to me and how I can best use their properties.





The Sharpie drawings continue and they are now finding a place in my general process of making art – I now use the medium as an interface between the sketchbook and either a larger-scale fully developed Sharpie painting, or as the preliminary colour study for colour-work using different materials.

This Sharpie sketch went through several incarnations until the finally realised version manifested in the form of an oil painting on canvas . . .



. . . and these little Sharpie studies collided often, in the form of a watercolour painting and finally (for now) a fully blown Sharpie piece.





The nature reserve is developing better than I could have imagined – some of the willows are now over 6 feet tall (although the winter blasts will no doubt curtail their enthusiasm – at least they should have decent roots in readiness for he spring spurt) and the pond has been visited by an interesting selection of species including several snipe (one of which I watched, sketched and eventually committed to watercolour) and a fabulous green sandpiper which stayed briefly, but long enough for me to fire off a couple of record shots of its visit).




6 comments:

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Brightened my day....beautiful work :)

Diane said...

Brilliant art Tim - as ever.

Balaji said...

What a feast! A superb set of sketches and paintings.

Beth Niquette said...

I love your artwork! I have featured you and your artwork on this week's FATuesday Artist Spotlight.

I created FATuesday to honor artists who deeply inspire me. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with the world.

Here's the link: http://bethlniquetteart.blogspot.com

Fran A.H. Alvarado said...

Beautiful work Tim.
I especially like the Short-eared Owl and the Falcon.
Regards

Jack Ashton-Booth said...

Hi Tim, your scooty allans are mind blowingly nice! after spending two incredible years monitoring these birds on fair isle i became very attached to this species. You hit the nail on the head with the sharpie work and looking at them evokes the shear beauty of this bird. It brings back the noise, the smells, and the jizz of the bird perfectly!...and reminds me of the headaches after a day spent ringing and weighing the chicks. Keep up the amazing work and thanks ever so much for all of the inspiration. Jack