This was an illustration project I completed in 2002 that I recently returned to look at as I am preparing for some new landscape painting work. At the time of completing this I was very much into working in mixed media to experiment before a final piece, but in this case I stuck with the mixed media. I found the combination of collage (mainly newspaper), acrylics, ink and chalk pastels really good for capturing an illustrative graveyard scene quickly and allowed for looseness. Although I started with representational drawing of St Mary’s Church in Cottingham (East Riding of Yorkshire) and Cottingham Cemetery in my sketchbook, I quickly started to try drawing without taking my pencil off the page, following the outline of the head / grave stones and trees and drawing without taking your eyes off the subject matter (great drawing exercise) to capture the jumble of gravestones and trees.
I am an artist from Kingston upon Hull in the United Kingdom with a background in learning disability nursing, health research and community, adult and higher education teaching in visual arts, illustration and health-based subjects. In 2021 I decided to focus on my own artwork and use my experience, knowledge and interest in art and wellbeing to support others.
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