Shoreline plants, Needs Ore,
Charcoal, pastel and coloured pencil on paper, 76 cm x 56 cm
A different day and a different place. It is always daunting being faced with somewhere new to draw – what mechanisms can be used to get your head into a new place and the ideas flowing? Often when I arrive somewhere new I sit down and eat my sandwiches. Something about focussing on a different task allows your brain to calm and you start to quietly observe without agenda. As I ate I noticed some tiny, bright green iridescent beetles clambering all over the sea thrift. This shifted my view entirely for the rest of the day. I walked along the shoreline looking at the plants and insects, totally absorbed in that world. Glancing up and I knew what I wanted to capture – the glorious line of water and land with the diverse flora and fauna of a tiny patch of shoreline in the foreground. Can you spot the beetle?