Sketchbook notes from the drifting spaces

Sketches for outdoor installation/ sculpture

These were initial line drawing sketches and ideas for continuing this year’s series of ever expanding outdoor works, which seem to have a momentum of their own! I don’t always pre plan works this much, but here I was working through the sketchy vision gradually to try and come up with a visual starting point for something lower, split but together, and working into the Firth and Forth Canal environment too…

Outdoor Installation Artwork (Abernethy Part 2)

Whilst at Abernethy in the Cairngorms area I made some land art work with a combination of metal, card and also found materials which I salvaged near the river bed. It was really enjoyable and a challenge working in this forested contained environment (midge infested, still itchy thinking about it!), moving quickly to combine the materials and get the shapes, forms and textures going the way I wanted with the surroundings. My initial idea had changed a bit, and the two metre long low piece started to work fairly well from a distance. It was there for a couple of days until the rain set in, which added a different light and new textures. I was fortunate to have some excellent assistants too – Holly Best and Douglas Wilkie – help me move the work into different points and document, changing as it went. The river setting against the pink worked pretty well I think. As the piece got wetter and the blue twilight deeper, we dismantled, cleaned up our traces and enjoyed the walk back.

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