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Going back to 78

September 12, 2014


Last night I found this old drawing that I made of my sister Wendy, back in 1978. It brought back memories of  the great struggle I had when I tried to draw her and I can just remember drawing it in the upstairs bedroom that we shared. I was a very young fifteen and Wendy was a young seventeen and this picture does her no justice because she was the most attractive of the three of us. I enjoyed my childhood and the strength of my family, particularly with the close bond that I had with my sisters. The core of my being felt protected and untouchable to the outside world then, something that I miss and no longer feel.


553These are some studies I also came across last night of a girl called Rachel, she was a family friend and also very beautiful. I made my first portrait bust of her and I remember struggling with trying to draw her face, something which I never managed to do with any satisfaction. Life seemed so much more simple then, everything felt new and life seemed like a fantastic adventure, even more so than now.


555Now I’m up to about 1982 and this sketch surprised me a little, it’s one of my first drawings of a horse that I studied in the field.  It’s from a long-lost sketch book that I found in a box under my bed last night, it was like finding treasure. 🙂 I don’t know why but I need to connect through my drawings and sculpture to find my way forward, I’m not short of ideas but I can’t pick a direction that feels right.


556This is one of my many doodles that I drew in the early eighties, I don’t know why I did them, but I would spend my evenings alone in my room just randomly filling pages with marks that felt right at the time. I guess they were an outlet for my feelings that were locked into my own little world.

557This doodle is symptomatic of the digression triggered by disinterest, I remember at the time working on a cantilever project in furniture design and I found it so dull that I fell into my world of doodling as an escape. It’s strange but these drawings have a great value to me and really help me feel comfortable with who I am, nostalgia is good when you have a past worth remembering. 🙂


558Very early on in my sculpting life I made large sculptures of insects, I’ve always been fascinated by the curious little creatures and I have pages and pages of sketches. However now I must fly back into the present, for there is work to be done and a life to live. ❤ ❤ ❤

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