Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – Walking studies

Brief

Make a study of something you see on a walk within five minutes of your house.
• Make five sketches in black and diluted black ink on grey/beige postcard-size paper.
• Make five sketches in watercolour on HP watercolour paper, postcard sized.

Process

“Each one of us, then, should speak of his roads, his crossroads, his roadside benches; each one of us should make a surveyor’s map of his lost fields and meadows. … Thus we cover the universe with drawings we have lived. These drawings need not be exact. They need only to be tonalized on the mode of our inner space.’  Bachelard, G. (2014) The poetics of space. [e-book] New York: Penquin Books,pp.75-76
My main inspiration for this exercise came from my readings of de Maistre, Sinclair, Coverley, MacFarlane, Davidson, Sebald, and Bachelard (see Bibliography).
In particular, in Sinclair’s London Orbital: a walk around the M25, I began to see a possible replication of the circular route, but this time around my own immediate environment – garden, fields, roadside, forest and landmarks. I’ll let the pictures tell this story, starting from the dilemma of which way to turn when leaving my studio and ending with reflection on the night sky over Balnain at the end of the day.
I brought the individual sketches into three curated collections (see below) – two photographic arrangements and one travelogue-style booklet with accompanying map of the route taken.

The sketches

Please click on each individual image to enlarge it.

Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 1 “which way?” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]

Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 2 “early hairst” [black ink on merge paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 3 “breakfast” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 4 “down to the bottom fence” [black ink on beige paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 5 “white tulips” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 6 “bin day” [black ink on beige paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 7 “forest tree fungi” [black ink on beige paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 8 “forest floor fungi” [black ink on grey paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 9 “warning!” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 10 “timber stacks” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 11 “unexpected – a folly” [black ink on grey paper, A6 postcard size]
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 12 “over the bridge” [black ink on grey paper, A6 postcard size]
Where Loch Meiklie flows into the River Enrick.

Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 13 “coming home” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]
Passing the Community Hall.

Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 14 “At the end of the day – a Balnain sky” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]
At the end of the day.

Curated Collection

Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – curated collection 1
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – curated collection 2

Balnain Circular

Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking studies “Balnain Circular” map
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – curated collection 3 – booklet front cover “Leaving the studio”

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
27 June 2017

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