Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Penny Farthing

 Jo and Ian had gone to get coffee, Chris and Tom had gone to take some stuff to the car and I was sitting minding our pile of tent stuff when an elderly gentleman cycled past me on one of these! 
Now that is something you don't get to see everyday! 

Monday, 30 July 2012

Sea Of Tents

Woke up ridiculously early this morning and I decided that I really should have a go at drawing the sea of tents that spread out into the distance before they were all packed up.

(Yes, I was drawing this at 6 o'clock this morning...don't say I'm not dedicated!)

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sun Sets On WOMAD

Saw Robert Plant tonight...he rocked! Sad that it is the last day of WOMAD

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Lighting Rig (BCD)

Day 2 at WOMAD. We are tired, sunburnt and smelly but boy are we having fun!

I shall do a 'Bands we have discovered...' post once it's done and dusted but right now it's my turn for the shower and boy do I need it! 

Friday, 27 July 2012


WOMAD has been amazing so far! 
I got the pad out and did a drawing of the crowd...thought that was kinda appropriate!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Untitled # 6 (Colour)

and here is the final one!

There will be a slight delay on posting the next few pictures. It is WOMAD (World Of Music And Dance) weekend and we will be off to the camp site first thing tomorrow morning and will not be back at the house again till Saturday morning. I will still be doing the drawing but there will be a delay in posting it here.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Untitled # 5 (Colour)

I am slowly working my way through the colour versions of these...just one more to do and I am finished the watercolour versions. I like how this one has turned out so didn't want to do too much black work over the top of it. 

In other exciting news, I was contacted by a local Art Co-operative today. They had found my shop on Etsy and wanted to invite me to both join their group and to take a stand at a big (and when I say big I actually mean HUGE) event in Oxford. I would love to say yes, and will to joining them, but whether I can do the event or not I just don't know. Apparently there will be flyers going out to 64,000 businesses and I have no idea how much stock I would need to be able to take part. I don't want to bankrupt myself and have too many but I also wouldn't want to underestimate and not have enough. I think I have some thinking to do....

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


I said farewell to my 'Not Only In Thailand' blog today. I need one online identity...one that links everything together and, since setting up this site, that online identity has become Art Is Autobiographical.  The title of my last post there was 'So long and thanks for all the fish'. There was nothing else for it but to draw a fish for today's drawing a day!

(For those of you thinking 'What the hell is she on about?' the 'thanks for all the fish' quote is from the Douglas Adams book 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy')

Monday, 23 July 2012

Vacuum (BCD)

So my grand plan didn't quite work out today! In my head I was going to package up my prints and post them off (tick), come back and update the Etsy site (tick) and then tidy the house because it is WOMAD this weekend and my lovely Sis-In-Law is coming with her man (Tom is coming too but he doesn't care if the place is a mess). So I didn't get round to the last task on my list....I did do a BCD of the Vacuum...that's a start isn't it? No? Oh *pouts*

(I actually think it looks a bit like some alien beetle monster thing)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Heart Of Banking 1

Couldn't let this pass without making a comment. 
Don't think I need to say any more do you?

(Actually, think this image might be more powerful if I wrote 'poison' in the heart. 
Will try that tomorrow)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 3.3

Although what has inspired them is not the nicest of subjects, I do like the way these have turned out. Drawing them has also helped me deal with some of the personal stuff...I think I will probably still find aspects of the project difficult but I think I'm now better equipped to deal with it. 
Interesting process to go through!

And just cause I did it at the end of the other two experiments

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 2.3

I think these are much better at conveying what I feel about the project than the other ones.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 1.3

Now this is working much better for me! The brain synapses are carrying information in different directions (indicated by the arrows) which can cause confusion in the here and now. The spaces show a fraying of pattern...my job will be to come up with a methodology that allows us to explore the spaces.

(My Grampa has been in my thoughts a lot recently. I miss him)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 3.2

Yep, think these work much better but I'm thinking that some of the spaces should have something in them...perhaps something not finished or something unravelling....

(Was at another Care Home today. Have to say that it was amazing! If I was going to go into a home I would want to go into that one...it even had a mini pub inside it!!)

I think they work better in this order!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 1.2

Ooohhh am liking this better already!
 I think this looks more like something that might carry messages around the brain.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 3

Hmmm, not sure about these. I wanted something simple but I don't think they illustrate what I'm trying to get at....and I think I might need to change the order round a bit. Swap the first and third one?

Friday, 13 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 2

Hmmm, I'm quite liking this idea but I'm not convinced it's going to work as it is. 
We'll see how they go together once I've done tomorrows.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Exploring The Spaces 1

I've been thinking about the dementia work that I am doing. All the Care Homes in Tower Hamlets are privately run and, although the policies are the same, the interpretation and implementation of them is really is down to the Care Home Manager. The idea of these visits is to understand what is being done in each home and then to use that information to inform our research project. The research is to try and develop a tool to enable people with dementia to participate and have their say in the care that they receive. Basically we want to develop something that will allow us to trigger memories...to explore the spaces in their minds. I thought, since I am doing three Care Home visits, I might try doing a triptych of this idea.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


I am absolutely shattered today! I did my first Care Home visit...was interesting but extremely hard work and a little emotional (the last time I was in a Care Home was when I was visiting my Grampa. Don't really want to think about that tonight). I have to walk past a busy pub to get back to Tom's house and as I was passing a bloke blew a puff of smoke into my face...not on purpose I hasten to add...just bad timing. He exhaled as I inhaled and I got a mouthful...it was all I could taste for the rest of the night. How I ever smoked I will never know! Bleurgh!

(Yes, the only reason I decided to draw the cigarette was because I wanted to have a go at burning the paper to see what effect I could get :-D)

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Never Make Assumptions

I was at a meeting yesterday and I knew that one of the guys had dismissed me as being not important. He asked me a question and then completely ignored my answer. It often happens...Community Development/Patient Engagement is often viewed as wooly...as something that has to be done but doesn't have to be done well...and that those who work in the field don't really need to be taken that seriously. Well, he got caught out today...I asked him for some details relating to what we had discussed and he had no idea what I was talking about! THEN he found out that I am the lead on the dementia project and that I had the backing of some very high up people...the change in his demeanour was astounding. I really really hate that!! Everyone should be treated with respect regardless of their importance or perceived importance.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Dementia 4 (Unravelling)

Yup, this looks more like it is unravelling. 

(Although I think it looks a bit like cobwebs rather than rope!)

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Dementia 3 (Unravelling)

I'm getting there with this image. I think perhaps it needs to look more like string...perhaps adding some  lines within the lines will help. Will have a go at doing that tomorrow.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Dementia 2 (Unravelling)

Hmmm, still not sure I have managed to get the unravelling idea into these. 
Will have to have another think...

Friday, 6 July 2012

Dementia (Unravelling)

After doing the drawing of the brain yesterday I thought I would have a go at depicting dementia. I see it as a kind of unravelling...like what makes you you starts fraying at the edges and gets worse as the decease progresses. I thought about what fabric looks like when it starts to fray so thought I would try and incorporate that idea.

Thursday, 5 July 2012


I am going to be doing a big piece of work around engaging people with dementia. It is a subject close to my heart as my Grampa had alzheimers. It got me thinking about the brain and how it works, or doesn't as the case may be, so I decided to try my hand at drawing a stylised brain. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


I was struggling for something to draw this evening when Tom brought through a lilly in a vase. The lilly is absolutely beautiful and it's out of Tom's garden :-)

(Not the best drawing I have ever done but I am knackered tonight so it will have to do)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Buddha In Bangkok

When something bad happens in Thailand the Thai's say that it was because Buddha was looking the other way. I wanted to do a drawing where Buddha was looking over the city offering his protection. 

I started this drawing ages ago and never got round to finishing it. Yesterday I decided that it had sat there long enough! 

(The buildings in the background are the ones that I could see from the window of our apartment in Bangkok. Made me feel kinda homesick when I was drawing this!)

Monday, 2 July 2012

Thai Hand Clappers

When we lived in Thailand we came across these clappers...you can get ones that are hand shaped and ones that are shaped as feet. You wave them and they make a clapping sound (to me they are the sound of the riots that took place in Thailand when we were there). I was looking around for something to draw when I spotted these...strange thing is, the 'feel' drawing kinda looks like them.

 I've enjoyed doing these but am going to try something different tomorrow I think.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Scarf + June's Winner

I have officially now done a drawing a day for six months! Can you believe it!! It's not been the easiest thing to do and it takes up an awful lot more time than I expected it to (yeah I know, your sitting there thinking 'No shit sherlock!') but I am enjoying it all the same.

This is a continuation of my 'feel' drawings. It's a fake fur scarf.


The winner of a June Original drawing was chosen by Molly Potter who picked number 12 and the name next to that was....Nettie Thomson.

Congratulations lovely lady :-D.
Please have a look through June's pictures and select the one you would like.

Commiserations to the rest of you but hey...there is always next month!