This sketchbook has been a spilling out of ideas about line, shape, pattern and sometimes colour. It is abstract, minimalist, tribal. It has suggestions of symbolism, script and characters from various cultures but they are invented and not intentional. Give your own meaning to the images you see. The greatest challenge of the sketchbook process was the advice on materials. As a painter who usually uses acrylics, I initially felt restricted when told not to! My answer was to collage with beautiful handmade papers from India and Japan, as well as thin coloured card. I drew mostly with brush and watercolour for my mark making. My passion, as an artist of almost 50 years experience, is to be constantly pushing myself to explore new ideas and styles of working. I have grown from classical realism through many styles to abstract art and recently to minimalism. It takes a kind of courage to stop after making just a few marks on a surface and recognise that it is finished. The ideas in this sketchbook will feed into new work for an exhibition in Dorset, UK in April 2019 ... I'd better get on with it!
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