I’ve been pre-occupied with exhibitions lately. I thought I would post something from a sketchbook. I began keeping sketchbooks as soon as I realised I couldn’t live without them. I pulled a random out of the bookshelf, it was labeled in the usual scrappy fashion -2 pieces of masking tape. Feb ’05 to Apr 05 A4 No: 33. I kept track by size and type and date.
This was exciting – it happened to be when a series of work had fallen into place and the basis for works that I continue to make. I realised the significance of signs prior to this but these small sketches were around the time that I thought about incorporating the figurative signs into the landscape around the location where the sign had been sometimes inappropriately placed. It gradually taught me how to place and work on composition.
I did produce a large painting from memory from these sketches. I don’t have a photo of the finished work but here it is in the early stages -charcoal on canvas – 48″ x 60″ -it was sold and I never got a finished photo- a bit of a shame as I felt it was a breakthrough for me.