Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Looking into the nest

'The Empty Nest', shown in my previous posting, will be part of the 62 Group exhibition, 'Interventions', at Platt Hall from tomorrow until 19th May. Check out the opening times on thier website http://www.manchestergalleries.org/our-other-venues/platt-hall-gallery-of-costume/exhibition-programme/

I wonder why I was attracted to this recent find in a nearby hedge, a small nest? It has been lovingly constructed in the shape of a heart by a goldfinch someone said.

A communal drawing day at a local church hall allowed me precious time away from the computer (much as I love you) to do some drawings of this nest. A warm-up exercise asked us all to do an 'unseen' drawing with our eyes closed of our faces by recording only from touch with our left hands. A very interesting exercise!

Here are a few of the most interesting ones of my little nest, done perhaps as a way of 'looking into' something.
Chalk on black paper, using the edge of the square pastelstick.

Charcoal and soft pencil.

Black pastel stick, charcoal and soft pencil.

Monoprinted base layer with added black pastel chalk and pencil.

Second print with added drawn lines of black and grey pastel sticks.


  1. It always amazes me how birds can construct such complex structures with their beaks. Imagine what they could do if they had hands!

  2. Congratulations on having your work selected, I hope I can get to see it. Lovely sensative drawings of the nest. It's interesting that the cetre resembles a heart shape.

  3. Lovely inspiring drawings Sian.
    I hope to have a few done for your challenge in February if you don't mind the rather gruesome subject I've chosen! All will be revealed I hope.

  4. I've done that eyes closed face exercise and it's an odd feeling especially when you look at the result.These are lovely ,I like the effect of print and pastel.
    Thanks for the feedback,will go forth soon with the last module.

  5. sian these are absolutely beautiful.

  6. Very interesting exercise - and great outcome!

    1. Hope you'll join in the drawing competition Caroline.