Project goals

My next project is a variation urban sketching with different elements that interest me added together to try and make a unique overview of scenes in Cornwall. A mixture of drawings and prints with the main focuses being man-made structures such as buildings or statues but with traditional Cornish elements within such as the sea or moorland.  They are going to be a mix of different sights that could be seen in towns, people going about their business, weather effecting the light, buildings filled with people and man made structures interacting with nature e.g. statues in parks. I aim to show a clear balance between clear cut lines of buildings and the gestural lines of the people showing the different between the bricks that don’t move and the constantly moving people. Im going to work on my use of composition by playing with the contrast of detailed and rough drawing to lead the eye around the page to parts of the landscape that might have been over looked. Im excited at the possibility of also turning these drawings in prints, a medium I have always been interested in as I like the expected element of the ink whether its smudging or a blob in an unexpected place, it takes the image on a path I could never plan. They will all extend to the edge of the pages and create the illusion of the scenes extending further by evidence of the things just out of sight. I plan to use minimal colour, mostly black and white but the occasional colour that seems even brighter because the monotone around. I want the project not just for people who are tourists and want a reminder of what they have seen but also the locals who have an interest in what’s around them, that like reevaluating what the known and see every day in a different and better way

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Journey to the Empire of Light

now i don’t normally write things like this, i want to keep a degree of professionalism 😉 But this may be one of the biggest achievements of my artistic career! Yesterday i took a day trip to Brussels and went to the Musee Magritte museum. It was a gorgeous collection of work and in the last room i came across a painting that was very familiar. Magritte has been a favourite artist of mine since i was a child. Yesterday i realised that throughout my travelling i have had the pleasure to see the Empire of light series.
1. in the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice (family holiday in 2010)
2. The museum of modern art in New York (i visited with my Foundation course in 2015)
3. The royal museum of fine arts of Belgium (i visited while on an university exchange in Belgium)
i feel very lucky that i have had the opportunity to travel around and see so much amazing art.

Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France)

In my trip to Paris the things that stood out most was my trip to the Centre Pompidou. On the outside it doesn’t look that impressive, i was most expecting the inside to be a building site but was very excited by the outside escalator. But it houses on the most impressive collections of art that i have seen with up to date temporary exhibitions and an very impressive permanent collection. I felt a bit like i was in a maze, every new room i walked into was full of more and more amazing art. Pieces that i have studying in books and seen on the internet. every time i think its finished there was another room filled with even more beautiful art.


Tijdens mijn reis Parijs was het centraal gelegen Pompidou het allerbeste ziet het er neit zo indrukwekkend uit, ik verwachette dat het een bouwplaats was, maar was erg enthousiast over de outdoor roltrap. Maar het huisvest de meest indrukwekkende kunstcollecties die ik heb gezien met up to date tijdelijke tentoonstellingen en een zeer indrukwekkende permanente collectie. Ik voelde me alsof ik in een doolhof was, elke nieuwe kamer die ik liep was vol met meer en meer geweldige kunst. Stukken die ik heb gelezen in boeken en gezien op internet. Elke keer dat ik denk dat hat klaar is, was er een kamer vol mooie kunst.

Wassily Kandinsky (Centre Pompidou)

IMG_1036Its like he is creating worlds on the canvas. New dimensions filled with wonderful colours wonderful colours and strange shapes. Where every shape  has a life and colour has meaning. (seen at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France)


Dens ligesom han skaber verdener på lærredet. Nye dimensioner fyldt med vidunderlige farver vidunderlige farver og mærkelige former. Hvor hver form har et liv og farve har betydning. (Set på Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Frankrig)

Cy Twombly

Jnj72CW5jss8“the austerity of their pictorial language makes outstanding work, the economy of means being pushed to the extreme in the combination of white house paint and pencil,” on Cy Twombly, Centre Pompidou in Paris, France

Recently i had the amazing opportunity to go on an art  trip to Paris where i saw an exhibition of Cy Twombly at the centre pompidou.

I got the strange sense that there was a secret underneath the paint, something that i couldn’t quite see. these drawings are really inspiring to me because recently i have been trying to experiment with creating and obscuring marks, which i see is the main focus here. I love the black and white nature of some of his work, seeing these pieces have reminded me of the power that stark black and white can create. I really like the way that he uses pencil in an abstract way, most of the artwork i see recently only use art in a traditional way. The way he draws has an instinctual element that makes them fresh and original.


Toen ik voor het eerst deze tentoonstelling zag, had ik het vreemde gevoel dat er een geheim onder de verf, iets wat ik kon niet goed zien. Deze tekeningen zijn echt inspirerend voor mij, omdat ik onlangs geprobeerd om te experimenteren met het maken en verduisterende merken, en ik geloof dit is de belangrijkste focus van zijn werk. Ik hou van de zwarte en witte aard van zijn werk, het zien van deze stukken me herinneren aan de macht die grimmige zwart-wit kan creëren. Ik hou echt van de manier waarop hij potlood gebruikt op een abstracte manier, het grootste deel van het werk dat ik ben gewoon een tijdelijk gebruik kunst op een traditionele manier. De manier waarop hij tekent heeft een instinctieve element dat ze fris en origineel maakt.

S.M.A.K – Anna Opperman (The neverending paradox.

The work of Anna Oppermann (1940-93, Germany) is pioneering in the way it brings together ideas from process art, conceptual art, and the arte povera and performance art of the 1960s and 1970s.  (http://smak.be/en/exhibition/10979)

“Exerices in observation and insight that are in principle infinite” Anna Opperman

I was really struck by the humanity shown in it all, everything that i saw was filled with such personality. There was so much to look at that each of her ensembles were a bit overwhelming. But the chaos adds to the charm and the sense that this has come from another person, who maybe isn’t that dissimilar to me. There are so many different elements that balance each other out such as very serious an adult themes, like a text about abuse with almost childlike joyful drawings. I really liked that there are pictures of the work being made, they show the journey that the artist took in  creating these theatre like scenes. I love that there is something fresh and original about these works that i could look at for hours.


Ik was echt getroffen door dat de hele mensheid, alles wat ik zag was gevuld met zo’n persoonlijkheid. Er was zoveel te zein dat elk van heer ensenbles waren een beetjie overweldigend. Maar de chaos toegevoegd aan de charme en het gevoel dat het afkomstig is van een andere persoon, die misschien niet zo verschillende van mij. Er zijn zo zeel verschillende elementen die elkaar in evenwicht te brengen, zoals een tekst over misbruik met bijna kinderlijke vrolijke tekeningen. Ik vond dat er foto’s gemaakt van het werk, dat ze reis die de kunstenaar nam in het creeren van deze  theatrale scenes laten zien. Ik hou van dat ik kon uren naar kijken.