Sharpies Are Not Sharp



Did these with a sharpie in an old sketchbook I found – they lose their point too quickly for my liking. I didn’t think about the image too much when I did them – it’s enjoyable to approach drawing with a mind half shut – almost meditative. It’s always too late in the day that I do them though.

Sketchbooky stuff from 1996 – I could explore some of these images again – only bigger…


I do need to move beyond the safe harbour of sketchbooks though.


Bad Photo of the Last Page of a Sketchbook Whose Paper I Never Liked Anyway


It’s late and I shouldn’t be blogging at this hour but I haven’t done for a couple of days. I did more work on a tattoo design tonight – need to get it done soon as I’ve got another commission to do and I want to getting out of the way. Kind of forgotten about the AAS exhibition – should make an effort for it though. Blah blah art – is that all I ever think, talk about? There is music, of course, and the song that’s been rattling around my cranium since I first heard it a couple of months back…

“See that ancient river bed, this is where my follies led….”

I blether.

To bed.

Moment of Insignificance

Last night, while out on the pizza delivery trail, I had a bit of a moment. I drove over the brow of a hill to find a stunning sight – high above the urban romantic scene of speeding cars and twinkling streetlights, set in the deep cobalt firmament, we’re Jupiter and Venus – realising that they are planets and not the distant abstraction of stars gave me that total feeling of human insignificance. Not a new feeling to the earth dweller but one that its good to have now and again – that we are so small and seemingly futile yet, by the grace of circumstance, thankful that we are at all.

Nothing to Lose


I just remembered about the Aberdeen Artists Society annual exhibition. Entry date is one month from today. I entered last year but didn’t get in – the standard is quite high. I’ve decided it would be foolish not to enter this year. I’m not going to over think it – just do something and enter – nothing to lose. This is a first preliminary sketch for it – thinking mixed media, collage, sharpie, acrylic, sand, experiment. Hey ho – let’s go!