Autumnal light in London

A brief trip to London where softly glowing copper and pale violet hues were the dominant colour theme.

The Royal Albert Hall looking splendid as dusk falls.

The Tulip Stairs at Queens House, Greenwich.

Apollo 10 Command Module at the Science Museum.

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel crossing all the way underneath the Thames.

London Wildlife October 2012

Silver and gold Kestrel? at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Wooden Dog at the Maritime Museum.

Bird Skulls

Earlier in the year I set myself the goal of finishing projects that had been in progress for quite a while.

I always have a lot of completely different work all going on at the same time.  Sometimes projects come to a halt because I need time to investigate alternative materials, solve problems or just reflect.
Sometimes I have to break off to do urgent commissions or get specific work ready for an exhibition.

This does mean my tiny studio space fills up with precariously balanced piles of work in progress which occasionally get damaged when they all fall down. Plus essential items seem to disappear so I spend a lot of time just looking for stuff, which is annoying and usually leads to even more chaos.

Gradually I'm whittling down the heaps and one thing I have managed to sort out recently is the bird skull paper sculptures.  Since making the originals in February (for the 28 Drawings Later Project) a lot of people have asked if they could buy a copy. And now they can because I am producing archival reproductions via digital printing followed by hand cutting and assembly.

The supporting structure is lovely matte black 300 gsm Canford card and the skulls are on Epson watercolour paper. Dimensions of the black are approximately height 23 cm x width 20 cm, the duck skull 18 cm long and the Godwit 19.5 cm.  The printing uses Epson Ultrachrome pigment inks for sharp detail and rich blacks.

Nothing is ever really finished however and the plan is to create a series. I need to be able to handle  actual skulls to make the drawings properly and I'm hoping to arrange something with my local museum soon.

Inside the whale

A while back my naturalist friend Hannah Lawson let me borrow her Minke whale vertebra (I've photographed it here with my sheep vertebra just to give an idea of the scale).

The plan was to make loads of drawings of it over the summer but somehow I've not done any. Its such a dynamic and beautiful structure I've just been admiring it for months. And now quite rightly Hannah wants it back.  I work hard and I'm not too much of a procrastinator but sometimes you just miss the boat...