Recently I was asked if my visit to Marrakesh last month would influence my work, and after I thought about it for a minute, realised the answer was not yet. It seems to take a while for imagery to settle in my mind before it starts to come into my artwork. The seaweed above was found on my trip to Kangaroo Island last year. It was widely spread over a lot of the beaches and I loved the shapes. Plump and juicy, it did look like piles of soft green babies. Seaweed offers wonderful shapes, so many different kinds, from the ribbony ones to ones with ‘fruit’, to the thick strappy ones, with fluid filled blisters, which doesn’t sound attractive, but somehow is rather beautiful, and other-worldly. A couple of years ago I did a drawing of one of the ribbony versions – there could be a series here!
The drawing above was done with Polychromos coloured pencils on drafting film, and is approximately 21 cm x 16 cm. The one below was on Claybord, using graphite pencils and watercolour pencils, and is 12.5 cm x 18 cm.