SPIRITS: YORK | COLLEGE STREET
THE FIRST ACTUAL SPIRIT

YORK | COLLEGE STREET
Graphite and collage on plywood board
20” x 30”

If you’ve read my previous post on York | College Street you’ll know that it’s based on the ghost story of the hapless girl that was entombed in her own home during the plague of 1604. Admittedly it’s not a very cheery motif but it is a fascinating one and it does make a great subject for a Spirits’ piece.

Having torn out and mounted the portrait of the young lady I then found some collage material with a distinctly plague theme, including recipes for prevention, a talisman that theoretically achieved the same end, and cures in the event that neither of these actually worked, and given that the talisman was listed in a 15th century leechbook I don’t think we can assume the best.

Although I should probably point out that a leech book is not a collection of remedies that involve leeches (although some no doubt did) but was so named due to doctors in those days being referred to as a ‘leech’. This was apparently due to the fact that they did indeed use leeches a part of their arsenal of cures and not, as a cynical person may assume, as a result of their exorbitant fees.

Original Artwork : £290.00

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SPIRITS: GRAVESTOWN | DELUGE… LESS IS MORE

GRAVESTOWN | DELUGE
Graphite and collage on plywood board
20” x 30”

This is the tenth piece of artwork in the Spirits project that i’ve completed and I’ve realised that more often than not they are finished (in the sense that no more work is needed) before I’ve done what I originally planned.

This was particularly true of Deluge. I had intended on applying a similar amount of collaging to this piece as I’d done with the Arrival artwork but I found that it was finished before I got to that stage, I suspect that this is mainly to do with the size of the portrait; Emma takes up a fair bit of the board on this one and I didn’t want her being obscured too much.

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SPIRITS: WHITBY | GOTH 2
A DISCOMBOBULATED EXPERIMENT WITH PAINT


Although I usually post a work in progress photo at the drawing stage it didn’t happen with this piece as, to be honest, I wasn’t happy with it. It was one of those drawings that wasn’t working but I couldn’t work out why. As a result I stuck it in my work in progress pile and moved onto to a drawing for a comic themed piece based on a character called ‘The Clock’ (more on that in a later post).

However, I dug it out the other day and realised what the problem was; her hair…it wasn’t right and in fact it wasn’t necessary. So I ripped it off and then I was happy.

So now to the collaging. Having stuck her down on to the plywood I wanted to experiment a bit with paint as I wanted a more disjointed and grungy effect for this piece.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I much I love going to the Whitby Goth Weekend and I know that there are changes happening to the organisation of the event which are a little disconcerting and I think the piece reflects that.

Obviously the success of my experimentation is entirely a matter for you to decide… meanwhile I’ll get on with my Clock piece.

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GRAVESTOWN | DELUGE
IT’S A BIT WET


Actually it’s not wet at all, at least not in the literal sense.

Although I’m sure Gravestown has it’s fair share of gothic downpours the theme behind Deluge is more about sensory overload, an idea I explored in the first Gravestown piece Arrival.

The above drawing is a new representation of Emma, the lead character and unlike Arrival I’m thinking of keeping this one a little less busy, as a way of showing her growing awareness of what it all means. The information input is still there but it’s not so overwhelming..

But then again, she hasn’t met the vampires yet…

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