chriswoodartist : a walk in the park & other stories

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“inverted stump : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

Today’s blog is a preview of my latest series of work inspired by the [viewPOINT] LOCATION drawing and painting workshop that I ran 18.3.13 in the Arboretum at Stansted Park, which is just outside Rowlands Castle in Hampshire UK. The workshop was the first of a series of courses that I’m delivering for http://www.qoecreative.com.

The concept behind “viewPOINT” is to take a fresh look at LOCATION drawing and painting and encourage students to come up with a contemporary response to the subject. We aim to do a follow up session, examining  gender, psychoanalysis, politics, phenomenology. The aim is to challenge perceptions, stretch boundaries. and develop ideas and compositions toward a final outcome, whether it’s 2D or 3D or digital.

For my part – what follows is a series inspired by a couple of my own quick drawings that I made on LOCATION @ Stansted Park Arboretum. I aim to complete many more “responses” to the day and explore the concept of birth and rebirth – that’s what attracted me to the moss covered rotting tree stump in the first place !

Next week I may well move on to some of the more exotic specimens – in particular the Cedar of Lebanon, which is an all time favourite of mine since early childhood. There was a huge one in the hospital grounds which was close to where I used to live. It seems to be a mystery who first imported the seeds but The Cedar of Lebanon became very fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which is why the ones that have survived are all huge mature trees. I say survived because in the UK we had a huge storm in 1987 which decimated an estimated 15 million trees in a great swathe from Cornwall to Southern England and on up to the Midlands and beyond. The storm hit on the night of the 15th and 16th October and I clearly remember going to work the next day – fortunately I had a four wheel drive vehicle because I had to tow several large trees out of the road and then rescue a pontoon and several very expensive yachts from destruction in the yacht marina where I worked ! The pontoon was just about to break away from its partner, when I jumped onto it and secured a rope to it before winching it back into position and finally securing it & the adjacent boats to the shore – all in a days work for a ships chandler ! I never got any thanks for my actions but I’m not sure if many people knew ! As I drove nearer to work that day I had visions of all the windows being blown out and the stock being looted but as it was – everything was safe and sound and I could have got up four hours later ! The moral of this story is – weather forecasting is not an exact science and it can be far worse than predicted ! So in the words of the founder of the scouting movement Lord Baden Powell “BE PREPARED” !

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“green stump : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“roots 2 : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“roots : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“blue redwood : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“crimson stump : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“red stump : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“psychadelic stump : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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“glowtree detail : Stansted Park Series” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved.  The original 210 x 297 mm drawing was made in pen and oil pastel – this was scanned and worked on in Photoshop, playing with layers, filters and colours.

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painter, print-maker and illustrator

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