In many of my public artworks, I have used the tree to bring nature into the city environment. At Woodmansterne School the children did drawings of the school values. That large leaf in the final sculpture represents ‘Responsibility’. Perhaps responsibility for the environment? Trees in a City Park, 2020. Alkyd resin enamel oil paint on…
When I first visited Portsmouth Cathedral, I saw the wonderful tondo by Andrea Della Robbia. This small artwork evokes Motherhood, divinity, and fruit, combining the earthly with the divine.
Sculpture is usually made up of physical objects. The challenge is to bring something more to this physical form. Whether with emotions, thought or spirit.
Art must open out and fill our hearts, whether with emotions, thought or spirit.
Family Tree was a touring exhibition of sculpture and prints exploring the ways we are all connected using the tree as its central metaphor.
Everybody, not just artists, keeps a notebook or sketchbook. Mine always seemed to connect up into a little story. At first it was just a travel diary, a day at the fun fair or a trip across Canada in a bus.
“Always carry a sketchbook with you”.
“Waiting for inspiration to strike is OK. Just make sure there’s a brush in your hand and you’re standing I front of a canvas when inspiration strikes”. – Robert Henri
Rarely rarely comest thou, O Spirit of Delight – and believes in livening us up rather than dragging us down. Philosophy of letter forms or not, it matters little.
I felt that massive great sculptures had much less sense of space than the illusion of space in a painting. And they even change very little as you walk around them.