My talk to the Heath Robinson Museum in North London on the 29 October 2020. How months of isolation can tease out thoughts that I had wanted to air!
Carbon Paper Printing is my new go to lo-fi printing method for monotypes. Here is the negative image on the carbon paper. See my previous post for the original drawing on which this monotype is based.
The blue rose. A drypoint print made from a drawing of roses made at a cafe at Harrow on the Hill. Blue and the Rose. The Blue Rose. This should be the name of a film shouldn’t it? Perhaps it is.
Getting ahead of myself once again with drawings of Winter. Must remember to be present in future! But having said that being present is a complicated state. Drawing is a process which makes you present and mindful and concentrated in the moment but in respect of my landscape drawings at the same time unearths memories of places once visited, in this case, North Yorkshire. Once visited, almost 15 years ago, to be precise, in this drawing of trees. Through drawing I am reminding myself of this place because I did this drawing 4 days ago. Perhaps not revisited then perhaps exploring how I feel about this place. How I am trying to find the patterns as well. See, I told you that being present is complicated. We are a mess of our past our present and our desires for the future all in the same moment.
Trees in urban space and a boundary. Mark making and differences in tone. Wires in the distance and a wall. The arc of the tree and the foliage. The design of a road at an end. Pattern making and marks in ink on paper. Why choose this view against many alternative standpoints? Hard to say but it had to be this view.
This charcoal drawing is a view of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. Riversides such as this are part of the landscape I was familiar with before I left Lincolnshire to live in Sheffield and then London.
Nearness and distance, line and textured areas and evoking silence or at least a calmness. These are elements which are attractive to me. When this image is placed against other unrelated drawings there is an emerging narrative that can go in many directions. How exciting that is! Imaginings coming from memory and going back to memory once more. See www.instagram.com/charker2001
Yes, Elton John comes from Pinner, but Michael Rosen is also one of the best known people to have grown up here, and he is now a patron of the Heath Robinson Museum. The museum honours the artist and illustrator, who was a Pinner resident for a number of years. I was delighted then, to […]Still Standing — Neil Elder Poetry
This is what I have observed. There is a certain inevitability about this. A new addition to the detritus that will from now be added to suburban and urban streets, parks, the countryside.
I am aclimatised to isolation and the prospect of the lifting of lockdown makes me nervous. Drawing this image of a tree in a field in Lincolnshire reminded me of the space and the quiet of the Lincolnshire landscape, and of course any rural landscape if you choose your location carefully. I spent my childhood as often as I could in this landscape and enjoyed the space and freedom it implied. I am in no hurry now to be amongst strangers in the suburban streets around my home in North West London. I think we all could benefit from quiet and appreciate the truth of nature.
This is a drypoint from a drawing of Poppies which are located in a room dedicated to Soldiers who died in the First World War. The room is located in West House in the Pinner Memorial Park, the place that was the subject of an earlier post And The House Watches On – Notes on the drawings and prints and recent book of poems I illustrated called ‘And The House Watches On’ (see https://neilelderpoetry.wordpress.com/and-the-house-watches-on/
The image of the poppies is included in the book but the above print is different to the one in the book because it incorporates a process called Chine Colle which is in effect the result of combining collage and drypoint printmaking.
When I was working on a developing this image of the poppies from my drawings I was thinking alot about the work of Rachel Ruysch, a painter from the Netherlands working in the late 17th and early 18th Century whose specialism was flower painting ( see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Ruysch#Works )
I thought of her paintings because some of them show the flowers in a container and omit any detail of the setting. As I see it this is effective because the paintings then become a study of the flowers and all our attention is brought to the carefully rendered detail. Including elements of the setting would be distracting.