Sketchbook notes from the drifting spaces

‘Suibokuga’ ink landscape joint pieces


These works are joint-pieces, landscape project wide scroll like artworks by students I have worked with. The first piece was made at my studio in winter and the second was made on the inspiring Abernethy annual art excursion (Hamilton College) to the Cairngorms area, where I am fortunate to enjoy making artwork and doing some volunteer teaching outdoors. It is really inspiring to work with an enthusiastic group of art students on this kind of large panoramic ink work, over 10metres long. We were looking at suibokuga ink painting from Japan (such as masters Sesshu and Tohaku) and similar ink screens from China, and taking these methods into splashy visions of the city parks (Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow) and forests of Scotland (Cairngorms National Park).

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