Monday, 3 July 2017

Dales diary

Hardraw Force

I have just returned from 2 weeks in the Yorkshire Dales - wild and wildlife rich uplands. I took my sketchbook diary to record my thoughts and responses to the landscape, but began to wonder whether I really am an artist. I do have the paper that says I gained a Fine Art Degree but does that really make me an artist ? Does it really matter ? Probably not - what matters to me is that making drawings and writing help me to make sense of the world.

I found a book in a second hand bookshop documenting the work of Graham Sutherland, I love his works on paper - shapes found in the landscape translated into drawing and painting. I've glued some paper to board in preparation for more experimental work with plaster , charcoal and acrylic ink based on the landscapes of the dales - just for the joy of it.



  1. Strong work here Paul. That waterfall especially. Love the sketch of the people. Yes, you are an artist. You've no reason to doubt it. Does it matter? Well, it provides support and maybe even a frame to your sense of yourself. That's important to all of us.

    1. Frame to a sense of oneself - I like that.