A developmental embroidery and a couple of drawings from a 'dress up and draw' session we did in Spain a few years ago, by Maria Clarke. Great to see that work produced back in 2015 is still being developed and extended during the lock-down 5 years later. I love the playful line in the 2 standing poses which translates well, into the embroidered sample. Hopefully we'll see more of these in the future... will keep you posted!
Here's a great article on the work of Frank Reed (Bali, Spain, Thailand trips) It's just been published on the Arts and Health Hub. Check out the full article here https://artsandhealthhub.org/frank-reed/
"In recent years, spaces you can see through in my work have become increasingly about gaps. I have a terrible memory, which can cause issues day to day. It also means there are many gaps in what I understand about the past and how I understand myself. I think the layering and cutting out spaces in my work is a way of addressing those gaps. I can then choose to fill them with imagined views, or I can leave them be, as empty space."
Here are our new dates and destinations for the next year, all being well! This does assume that flights will be leaving normally by September! Fingers crossed! Get in touch if you're interested please. Meanwhile, stay safe and keep drawing!!
So here we are in the middle of lock-down. The Northern Loop is no longer viable and now Krakow is looking unlikely. I've still got my fingers crossed for our Spain trip in September and the Bali trip at the end of the year.
So I'm now planning the re-scheduling of the vulnerable trips and getting excited about 2021. There will be another secret destination coming soon too and some London workshops in Autumn.
Until then, stay safe everyone, and see you on the other side...
The Covid-19 drawing project is in its 5 week and the galleries of results are here. Please take a look and join us on our facebook page if you want to get involved. Everyone is very welcome.
Let's hope this is all over soon so we can get back to normal. It is inspiring that more people are drawing and being creative at this time. I think there will be some major shifts in our priorities and values in the future. We're all learning. Stay safe.
Drawing tasks to keep us busy during the lock-down
Many of us will be finding ourselves with extra time on our hands while we self-isolate and engage less with public life. This may be a difficult time with much disruption but it also gives us a great opportunity to slow down a little and be more creative.
Drawing Escapes will be giving weekly on-line drawing tasks to challange your way of thinking about drawing, when and where you draw and perhaps the role of drawing in your life. The Covid-19 outbreak is an unprecedented event prompting a questioning of our values. It may turn out to be a time of self-reflection, a time to re-evaluate of our goals, priorities and, perhaps even the way we live.
Join our Facebook group and post your images there so that those in the group can comment and see how others have responded to the tasks. Or send them directly to me via the contact page.
We will publish the responses to each task here on the Drawing Escapes website. Click below to see the galleries.
This is an obsessive and beautiful set of sketchbooks. Check it out on Colossal...
We’ve decided to postone our Drawing meet-up on Sunday 22nd. Though there still so many unknowns around COVID-19, it brings relief to know that drawing can be enjoyed almost anywhere - especially at home. Even though the next few months will be greatly disrupted for all of us, I urge everyone to take the opportunity to slow down, pause, draw, read, play, make, mend, phonecall, look out of the window, and of course, take care of themselves. You can also join The Drawing Club facebook group (via the Drawing Escapes page), if you would like to find motivation to spark your own creative projects, or have a space to share your work with like-minded others.
Stay in touch and we'll hopefully be in London again in May 🙏🏼
Here is a small collection of drawings by Isabella Mitchell. Izzy has been organising the recent drawing meet-ups in London and is a Drawing Escapes alumni. Each work is a record of a location when travelling; little fragments of experience locked up in graphic line and textural mark-making. I love the energy of the colour and the use of space. They have a very contemporary feel and yet they retain a kind of nostalgic classicism. Come and meet her in London on the 22nd.
You can find more of her work at www.isabellamitchell.co.uk
Here's a fast gallery of drawings from out recent holidays with some crazy music! Enjoy ??