Saturday, July 29, 2006






And more drawings ... (wish I could get this blog to do what I wanted it too ...)

Life Drawing ...

This last week I've been on a Life Drawing Course at Cardiff Art College. 5 days, 10 till 4. Brilliant! I have never done Life Drawing before so it was a big challenge and I was fairly rubbish at it. But I learned so much. It was great to be in an environment like that with other like-minded people. At the outset, the tutor said "this is a place for making mistakes ... as many as you can and as big as you can!" It was so good to be rubbish at it but feel that every step was some kind of progress.

Anyway, here are a few of my drawings(the better ones, obviously!):

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Emily sent me the link to a cool little website by a friend of hers ...
www.eileenogg.com. Eileen does lettering and illustration. Contact her via her website if you want any work done.

Also, some useful feedback from a friend of mine - Jon Ireland. We worked together on a Marketing Proposal for The Salvation Army Kids Comic! Jon does a lot of direct mail and copywriting and he has some excellent resources on his website, including copywriting tutorials. Check this out ... http://www.flyingkite.co.uk/copywriting_tutorials.html

Loving all this feedback!

Sunday, July 23, 2006




Just a trickle ...

The Water series I'm working on is still making some progress, but I think this hot weather is causing dehydration so the flow is down to a trickle ...

Anyway, here's another 3 that I've done.

Thank you, btw, to those who read my blog and especially to those who give me feedback ... it's encouraging.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Help Wanted!

I'm keen to hook up with someone involved in fashion PR or journalism, or in the arts ... or just a good copywriter. Anyone know of anyone? A freelancer, a student, and enthusiastic amateur? I want to collaborate with someone who can write words to go with pictures ... words that will describe the art in engaging terms but also capture the spirit of it. Not just for my work, but for many of us who produce art but need help in promoting and selling it.

Any contacts, ideas, suggestions, please get in touch with me at pbirch57@btinternet.com.

Thanks!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Current reading ...

They've opened a new Borders store in Talbot Green. It's one of my favourite bookshops and the most fun way of disposing of any money I have. I bought two books there last week and they've both been very exciting!

"The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp. She's a dancer / choreographer and she writes about the processes and disciplines of creative work. Learn some habits and use them for life, she basically says. I read a few lines, a page, a chapter and then find I'm up and working! It makes me feel that productive! As a result I'm developing some new ways of processing my work which is challenging but fun. Might help to make me a better artist ... who knows.

The other book is "Esopus" - and it's a bit harder to describe. Its a compilation of pieces by different artists (novelists, poets, artists, production designers and others) showing their creative process and their working methods. I'm always fascinated by this kind of thing because there are not many mentors or practioners to learn from so it's good to see how they work.

Personally, I'm aware that I produce something and it's either OK or it's not. But it seems, from both these books, that people who take their 'craft' seriously, work and rework and rework a piece. I'm provoked by that. Lots to learn.

If you come across anything brilliant and useful let me know and I'll publish details here so we can exchange ideas and information. Email me at pbirch57@btinternet.com.

Saturday, July 01, 2006




Water

One of my current projects is a series of pictures on the theme of water. What is it and how does it work?

On the one hand it is
"a clear, colourless, odourless and tasteless liquid";
On the other it is
"an otherworld element, fluid, mysterious and life-giving, but also capricious and destructive".

It is often said that people get their best ideas or do their best thinking when they are in the shower, the bath (eureka) or washing their hands. Maybe its walking by the sea (very contemplative) or by a river or a lake.

I think it's the water. You can say that the mind goes calm and the subconscious rises when engaged in a simple, repetitive task. But what if it's the water itself (in some mystical way) that actually produces that trance-like state?

I'm exploring some of this. Water and wells, springs, rivers, and the sea. The Celts and water. Christians and water.
Clean water; living water. Water as a fundamental of life and as a source of healing and regeneration. Baptism.

These are some details for the pictures I've done so far. Going to be 15 pictures (8.5 ins X 8.5 ins unframed) - 12 in the series and 3 to give away. Plus a load more bigger ones because I've got some great photos I want to use.

Oh, and waterfalls - a fascinating image since I was young and saw a painting of Pistyll Rheadr in my dad's AA Road Guide (Places of Interest to visit).


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