Monday, 27 February 2017

Lingering Mist on Caradon Hill

I really wanted to concentrate on the wonderful blue mist that was lingering for what seemed at least two hours. Its the field just beyond Crows Nest and the view toward Upton Cross.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Imprisonment of George Fox

I think this drawing of George Fox is more or less complete. I have been an admirer of the Quaker movement for many years and it is the first time I have tried to do research about one of its main founders. On several occasions George Fox had visited a dwelling known as Halbathic, just outside the town I live in called Liskeard. Halbathic is a Post Medieval Longhouse with records dating back to 1328. It is the earliest surviving building in Cornwall that was used as a Nonconformist meeting house, adapted as a Quaker meeting house from 1655 to 1688 and owned by Yoeman Thomas Mounce. 

While in Cornwall in 1656 Fox and a friend were arrested and taken to a magistrate who imprisoned them in Launceston Jail for having long hair. They were in jail for nine weeks before being escorted to trial by a body of soldiers. The charges against them were not proved but they were fined for not taking their hats off in court and were sent back to Launceston Prison until they paid their fine; something Fox was not inclined to do as it was unjust. They were then thrown into ‘Doomsdale.’ Fox describes it well in his Journal. ‘A nasty, stinking place, where they used to put murderers after they were condemned. The place was so noisome that it was observed few that went in did ever come out again in health. There was no house of office in it; and the excrement of the prisoners that from time to time had been put there had not been carried out (as we were told) for many years. So that it was all like mire, and in some places to the tops of the shoes in water and urine; and he would not let us cleanse it, nor suffer us to have beds or straw to lie on.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Working on a drawing about George Fox, the 17th century founder of the Quaker movement who was imprisoned in the gatehouse of Launceston Castle in Cornwall for nine weeks in deplorable conditions.

 Quite difficult to draw his hands in the position of prayer but pleased with the composition.

Gathering together a few characters to represent a manifestation of evil, temptation and confusion. In a letter written by George Fox, he writes; "What the light doth make manifest and discover, as temptation, distractions, confusions; do not look at these temptations, confusions, corruptions, but at the light which discovers them and makes them manifest; and with the same light you may feel over them, to receive power to stand against them. The same light which lets you see sin and transgression, which gives victory and dominion over it, and brings one into covenant with God."

Have chosen to include these two figures in the top right of the drawing to represent affliction
Trying to use swirling shapes to join the elements together in a more cohesive whole

An elderly man stands over George Fox with a friendly hand of compassion on his shoulder.

Friday, 13 January 2017

John Wesley's journey across Cornwall

The Drawing process

Working on this drawing of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. I have been wanting to make a drawing about him for about a year but I needed to study some of his experiences in Cornwall and in particular the several visits he made to Liskeard- the town I live in. The main elements are the guiding angel, his faithful horse, moorland yet to be finished at the top of the drawing and in the bottom left of picture will be a symbolic representation of a seed placed in the heart of the people he shared his message with.

Considering a butterfly released from its chrysalis instead of a symbolic seed entering the heart of people following the message from the minister in the larger drawing.

I quite like the pattern made by the lines in the tree circling the chrysalis.

Horses have such beautiful heads
As John Wesley is known to have travelled to a small village called Altarnun in Cornwall, the snow set in across the moorland and I have chosen to use snow flakes settling upon the autumnal ground.

I really like the simple representation of these winter branches in the background with just a few leaves remaining.

Its coming together very slowly.

I just need to define his hair more strongly.