Pen and ink capture the bloom's faded transition to a dry seed head, the eaten fruit, decay beginning to change the colours or the dried seaweed contorted to brittle forms.
Subtle variations and tonal qualities describe each one gently.
Driftwood is such an apparently simple thing, its form dependent on the length of time the pieces whirl around in the currents. The drawings capture each individual piece of wood's uniqueness and show the natural beauty in their simplicity.
Pen with drawing ink adds the dimension of a watery tonal difference along sometimes extremely smooth surfaces.
Bark holds its own mystery - some gnarled texture, some smooth peeling surfaces.
Discarded and washed up shells of molluscs and bi-valves catch the eye as individual pieces of natural treasure.
Whorl or spiral, hinge or a whole shell, each a miniature work of art.
At the bottom of the page is a selection of photographs which have become my inspirational starting points.
The beauty in pebbles and stones, much like wood, is that they form the framework or background to our environment. Much over looked, they contain information about their origins, become souvenirs, memorials, way markers and ephemeral childhood props.
The colours are as diverse as the forces which created them.
Manmade & useful
Items of general industry or household use can evoke various feelings. Is it a hand crafted pieces or mass manufactured? Was it ground breaking or ubiquitous within a decade?
Collectors and hoarders alike arrange these pieces to preserve and decorate as well as remember the contribution made to society.
I enjoy drawing these seemingly obsolete products, it brings them back to life and each mark or dent is a reminder of a life of use and the people who made and used them.
The tumble down walls of buildings, the decaying of concrete or the deterioration of wooden structures fascinate me as they create shapes and scenes of their own.