Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reflections: Part IV

I continue my adventures at the Little Blue Hut in Tankerton this week. The weather has not been good so far; it’s been very windy on site, which has made more difficult working. The ideas starts to be more settled, but the work still needs further development. I have designed the flyer for the open day, in which people are invited to come along to meet the artist and see my work and I will publish the invitation during this week. I hope the weather will be nice on this day so that people may want to turn up. Being on the site has been challenging. Yesterday it was very windy and one of these days in which I had to push myself and my works. At the end of the day, I had given a twist to some of the work which I developed last week, an “alla prima” a wet-to-wet painting, which I completed and destroy in one session. The exercise was revitalising, energetic and fresh.

Below are some examples on how my work is being developed, some drawings and studios, which help to the development of ideas.

 "Nude", white charcoal on black papeer
 "The Prayers" white charcoal on black paper
Self-portrait, white charcoal on black paper

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Reflections at Little Blue Hut:Part III

This week I am being very productive and I feel much more engaged with my work. I am developing a series of drawings and small paintings whilst continuing my creative writing. I have almost completed a series of poems and Allegories which are somehow motivated for the Easter period, since one cannot forget her origins or Catholic background. I now feel that my work is developing and I can see this from two different perspectives: in a way the ideas are more settled, whilst reflecting on our condition as human beings as well as our capacity to think, feel and communicate. On the other hand, the work seems to be more reflective and transpires a sense of unbalanced uncertainty. It is not clear what motivates my thoughts but I am continuing expressing myself

Somehow, the space as well as the cold weather have influenced the work I'm developing and therefore the nature of the ideas have been disturbed.

Below, some extracts from poems and allegories as well as some beautiful photographs:

The Candle Light

In the falling of the night
Under the candle light
Heads absolutely dream
Minds completely fly
As thoughts like to depart

But consciously silent
As no response it is found
So, one can do no more
Other than to unfold
What it is hidden to the soul...

Crossing road

Where the cross roads meet
peregrines walk bare feet
But nobody knows where the roads
may have taken the fallen souls...

Reflections Part II

My adventure at the Little Blue Hut continues this week from Monday. I am pleased that the weather is being good so far, which makes a bit of difference. For the last days I have been considering ideas, those particularly related to  mood and ambience, space and surroundings. I have taken photographs from the site, as it has captivated my being and have selected some of them.. I would like to bring to life these images by editing them on video with some music track.

Kids are playing everywhere, a reminder of Easter holiday break soon. From the solitude of my thoughts, I am interrupted with voices, screams and music in the background.

The week is being productive so far as I have found great inspiration during the time spent at the hut. I am pleased with how my creative practice is developing. I am working from sketches and finishing a monochrome drawing with white pastel on black paper, which requires a bit more of work, so I will publish this as soon as I am happy with the outcome. Somehow, I've found myself to be engaged in creative writing and have already published one poem in a previous post. I have now finishing a second poem. It's the first time I'm writing poetry in a foreign language. So, I may have to re-edit them in some point.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Reflections: Space & Humans

On my arrival to Little Blue Hut, I engage with the space and the surroundings naturally and freely...there is not bed here and the furniture is kept to the basis, enough to feel oneself uncomfortable. The size automatically reminds me of the space where I live, and I wonder: is this place really a point of departure for artistic exploration of the limitation of space? as it seems to be very much of the same that the space I've already explored. Nevertheless, the views are different, beautiful and the colour of the sea merging with the sky bring some contentment to my persona. I start interacting with the space by organising my own staff and some of the equipment: laptop & painting tools.

On the wall there's a very naive drawing of a child named Frederich...probably made by a previous visitor. My immediate thought is to draw a companion for him...but other thoughts stops me. The second immediate action is to take some photographs from inside and outside the hut…What a peaceful place to be!. The outside scene is very picturesque as one can see the colourful huts standing on 3 rows... The one where I'm staying, called Little Blue Hut is the first hut at the top raw, it's less colourful than others, looks more neglected, but still full of character. 

Anyway, I am here on a mission, a creative one, so I better start by making some sketches and drawings. It's during this drawing process that I am lost on time until the lack of natural light reminds me that it is time to set off...After 7 o'clock it's been difficult to stay still drawing because your body starts noticing the cold, my brain doesn't function work when I'm cold and my body doesn't respond either. The 'falling of the night and the colour changing of the sky' deserves to be contemplated. The scene is very inspiring, it transmits a sense of solitude and peaceful relief, and without noticing I'm invited to stay a bit longer and with it the reflection progress. 

Below a poem I wrote on site    
Little Blue Hut

Little Hut
Blue in colour
Worn and faded
but bright hearted
You face the sea
for all to see

You perceive
The passing souls
The cloudy skies
The silent sound
The walking dogs
and always silent

Like a small giant
You are at front
Facing it all
but you remain silent

Little Blue Hut
Your immobile presence
Captives my being

LBH Residency: Photographs from site

These are some photographs that I have taken during my residency at the Little Blue Hut in Whitstable. There's a very beautiful scenario on site as you can see from the photographs

The Artist's Eye

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Artist in Residency

I'm the Artist in Residency at the Little Blue Hut, Tankerton Slopes as part of the Creative Canterbury Project started in 2009.  I hope this is going to be a good experience. Anyway, here I am. Today is the first day at the spot. The residence is for one month, starting from mid April to mid of May. So, from now on and for the whole month I'm going to be working on situ and challenge weather conditions.

I hope that the Organisers will make their best to get some exposure as this is not a paid job. I have some great expectations and am very enthusiastic with the project and the space, which I think, will allow me to engage with the wild scenario and natural landscape.

I will post some photographs as soon as I can and will keep an update of my creative Journey at the Slopes.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Este es uno de mis ultimo dibujos. Un estudio de Crucifixión para un cuadro al oleo en proyecto.

One of my latest works at the moment. A studio for a Crucifixion oil painting

"Crucifixion", pencil on paper, A1