Experimental Drawing at Exeter Phoenix

In a workshop with Nicci Wonnacott we have been drawing without pre-conceptions, sometimes using both hands at once, or long sticks, pampas grass, sponges, ink, chalks, paint, thinking of music, and ‘drawing with the breath’. It is a meditative and rewarding experience, particularly the collaborative work where you feed from and into other people’s ideas […]

Abstracting the Landscape

Two approaches to ‘abstraction’ were experienced with James Tatum and Nicci Wannacott, although James would describe himself as an expressionist and not an abstract painter. James relies on the emotional impact of a scene, the light and colour, the sensations of wind, rain, sounds and smells, to inspire his plein aire sketches and subsequent paintings, […]

Water with Emotion

How do I draw water? It is such a liquid, intangible, mysterious mass, essential for our being and survival. In nature it is constantly moving: flowing rivers, tidal surges, waves, rain, evaporation, condensation. These drawings are my first attempts to capture some of the movement and mystery of water in a variety of media:   […]