Sunday, 17 August 2014


 There is always so much to absorb in Barcelona.  I have only ever been without my kids before and this time, with them, I had a much different experience.  Not always a smooth one either.......
Their agenda clashes with my hunger for any galleries or exhibitions.  How can it be that I have produced two people who 'can't be bothered' with a contemporary art gallery housing no less than five crisp, edgy shows of zeitgeist and aesthetic splendour.  We found a common ground outside, however. The skateboarders.  A constant pulse of moving wheels, tricks and slamming boards.  The kids watched in wonder at these hero-acrobats while my own eyes wandered around the marks left by an obsessive, repetitive movement.

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Work in progress responding to gateways saying stuff like:

                                                                     No Junk Mail
No Parking

                                       Beware DOGS

No entry
                               DO NOT ENTER

Leave no leaflets                                 WELCOME

                                                                     no entry
Please close the gate

(thought if I made a little note on here it might force me to get on with the images...)

Friday, 30 May 2014

archeology of a mark

What is contained in a mark.  Unintentional, intentional, expression, damage, rhythm, pattern or even an essence or trace of the maker of the mark.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

There are white blobs of paint on all these trees so that  with a change in the viewer's position, alternative lines and combinations of marks are revealed to create a new view.
  Visitor's feedback at Barbara Hepworth's studio in St Ives.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Jerwood Drawing Prize

Emma Vidal, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Plymouth Arts Centre
13 Feb 2014 - 09 Mar 2014
Image: Emma Vidal, Anthropology I, 2013 (Charcoal on paper)

Been to see this today.   TWO GALLERIES FULL OF DRAWING!!!!!  
Plymouth Arts Centre 13 February –  9 March
Plymouth College of Art 10 February - 8 March 

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